This committee oversees licensing and regulation of energy, environment and natural resources, in addition to ethics and election laws; veterans affairs; fire prevention; primary, secondary, and higher education policy; procurement; agriculture and land preservation; local government affairs; and state government organization and procedures.
This committee oversees utility regulation, including energy, telecommunications and transportation, in addition to banks and other financial institutions; credit regulation and consumer financing; commercial law, including consumer protection; economic development; health care facilities; public health, Medicaid, and long term care; social programs, including welfare; state personnel; and workers' compensation.
Issue areas: Examines all nominations for appointments made by the Governor that require Senate confirmation; Reports its recommendations to the Senate, which subsequently votes to confirm or reject the nominees.
This committee is responsible for utility regulation, in addition to banks and other financial institutions; commercial law, including consumer protection; corporations and associations; business regulation; business occupations and professions; economic development; electronic commerce; insurance regulation, except health insurance; labor and employment; and workers' compensation.
Issue areas: Agriculture, natural resources, and environmental issues, including agricultural land preservation, program open space, and vehicle emissions; Ethics; Housing, landlord and tenant, and real property, including lead paint; Local government, including land use; Transportation, including highways, bridges, mass transit, and vehicle laws.