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West Virginia Legislative Process

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Guide > During Session > Senate Committees > House Committees > Joint Committees

House Committees

Following are brief descriptions of the committees jurisdictions.

For more information on committees and their members-including subcommittees and select committees-contact the chairs of the committees at the phone numbers listed below or the Legislature's Reference and Information Center at 800-642-8650 (in West Virginia) or telephone, 304-347-4836.

House of Delegates

The House of Delegates describes within its formal rules the jurisdictions of its standing committees. Those descriptions are summarized below.

House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources

Addresses issues and bills generally relating to agriculture including: production and marketing; animal industry and health, commercial feed, fertilizer and pesticides; dairy, poultry and livestock products.

House Committee on Banking & Insurance

Addresses issues and bills generally relating to banking and insurance, including: regulation and control of all types of insurance, securities and exchanges.

House Committee on Education

Addresses issues and bills generally relating to education in our state's public schools and institutions of higher learning, including: boards of education, administration and control of schools; textbooks and curricula, vocational education and rehabilitation; employment and tenure of teachers; and libraries.

House Committee on Energy

Tax and revenue measures increasing or decreasing the revenue or fiscal liability of the State; collection of taxes and other revenue; annual Budget Bills and supplementary appropriation bills; proposals reducing public expenditures; proposals relating to the principal and interest of the public debt; and claims against the State.

House Committee on Enrolled Bills

The Joint Committee on Enrolled Bills consists of five members of the Senate and five members of the House. Their duties are to compare all bills and joint resolutions passed by both houses, to correct any errors or omissions they may discover and to make reports to their respective houses from time to time of the correctly enrolled bills or joint resolutions.

House Committee on Finance

Addresses issues and bills generally relating to taxes and revenue, including: increasing and/or decreasing the revenue or fiscal liability of the state: collection of taxes and other revenue; annual and supplemental appropriations; and financial claims against the state.

House Committee on Government Organization

Addresses issues and bills generally relating to the executive department of state government, including: creation, consolidation and abolition, as well as duties and functions, of the state's departments, commissions, boards, offices and agencies.

House Committee on Health & Human Resources

Addresses issues and bills generally relating to public health and welfare, including: mental health, public and private hospitals and similar institutions, prevention and control of communicable and infectious diseases; poison and narcotics; correctional and penal institutions; and public assistance and relief.

House Committee on Industry and Labor

Addresses issues and bills generally relating to employment and establishment of industry, including: labor standards and statistics; mediation and arbitration of West Virginia labor disputes; wages and hours of labor; child labor; and safety and welfare of employees.

House Committee on Interstate Cooperation

Addresses issues and bills generally relating to any type of formal and informal cooperation between West Virginia and other states, including: membership in councils and partnerships of state governments; exchange of information and resources; and adoption of compacts and reciprocal agreements between states.

House Committee on the Judiciary

Addresses issues and bills generally relating to civil and criminal judicial proceedings, including: state and local courts; crimes and their punishments; domestic relations and family law; revision and codification of state statutes; and other matters not properly referred to another standing committee.

House Committee on Pensions & Retirement

Addresses issues and bills generally relating to the continuous study and investigation of public retirement systems, including: federal and non-federal plans available to public employees, and all aspects of pension planning, operation and stability.

House Committee on Political Subdivisions

Addresses issues and bills generally relating to counties, districts and municipalities, including: division of the state into Senate and House of Delegates districts; and division of the state into districts for representation in the United States Congress.

House Committee on Roads and Transportation

Addresses issues and bills generally relating to roads and transportation, including: highways, public roads, railways, airways, canals and waterways; motor vehicle administration, registration and licensor of operators, and traffic regulations.

House Committee on Rules

Addresses issues generally relating to the House's rules, joint orders, orders of business and parliamentary procedure, including setting each session day's calendar of items to be addressed. Also responsible for practical administration of House business, including staff employees and office services, furnishings, equipment and supplies.

House Committee on Senior Citizen Issues Committee

Addresses issues and bills generally related to proposals to propose, revise and re-codify the statutory provisions relating to all issues relevant to senior citizens.

House Committee on Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

Small business; entrepreneurship; e-commerce; e-government; economic development; job creation; and commerce generally.

House Committee on Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security

Addresses issues and bills generally relating to our state's military veterans, including: benefits and bonuses, memorials and memorial funding: and the state veterans' home.


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