21. COMMITTEES


(a) The following committees of reference of the Senate shall be appointed at the beginning of each regular session of the General Assembly convening after a general election and at such other times as may be necessary, and the members of the committees shall serve at the pleasure of the appropriate appointing authority:

(1) Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy.

(2) Appropriations.

(3) Business, Labor, and Technology.

(4) Education.

(5) Finance.

(6) Health and Human Services.

(7) Judiciary.

(8) Local Government.

(9) State, Veterans, and Military Affairs.

(10) Transportation.

(a.1) For the purposes of section 24-4-103 (8) (d), Colorado Revised Statutes 1973, the Committee on Legal Services shall be considered a committee of reference.

(a.2) In addition to any other committee of reference specified in subsection (a) of this rule, a bill that allocates any additional legislative staff resources may also be referred to the Legislative Council as a committee of reference in accordance with section 2-3-301 (5), Colorado Revised Statutes.

(a.3) For purposes of the period between January 1, 2001, and January 8, 2003, any reference in these Rules, the Joint Rules of the Senate and House of Representatives, or in the Colorado Revised Statutes, to the following committees as they existed prior to January 1, 2001, shall be deemed to have referred to the following committees:

Committees Prior to 1/1/01Committees between 1/1/01 and 1/8/03
1
Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy.Agriculture and Natural Resources.
2
Business Affairs and Labor.Business, Labor and Finance.
3
Finance.Business, Labor and Finance.
4
Health, Environment, Welfare, and Institutions.Health, Environment, Children and Families.
5
Local Government.Government, Veterans and Military Relations, and Transportation.
6
State, Veterans, and Military Affairs.Government, Veterans and Military Relations, and Transportation.
7
Transportation.Government, Veterans and Military Relations, and Transportation.

(a.4) For purposes of the period between January 8, 2003, and January 12, 2005, any reference in these Rules, the Joint Rules of the Senate and House of Representatives, or in the Colorado Revised Statutes, to the following committees as they existed between January 1, 2001, and January 8, 2003, shall be deemed to have referred to the following committees:

Committees - 1/1/01 to 1/8/03Committees between 1/8/03 and 1/12/05
1
Agriculture and Natural Resources.Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy.
2
Business, Labor and Finance.Business Affairs and Labor.
3
Health, Environment, Children and Families.Health, Environment, Welfare, and Institutions.
4
Government, Veterans and Military Relations, and Transportation.Depending on the context, to either:
State, Veterans, and Military Affairs; or Transportation.

(a.5) For purposes of the organization of committees of reference on and after January 12, 2005, any reference in these Rules, the Joint Rules of the Senate and House of Representatives, or in the Colorado Revised Statutes, to the following committees as they existed between January 8, 2003, and January 12, 2005, shall be deemed to refer to the following committees:

Committees - 1/8/03 to 1/12/05Committees - after 1/12/05
1
Business Affairs and Labor.Business, Labor, and Technology.
2
Health, Environment, Welfare, and Institutions.Health and Human Services.

(b) The following committees shall be appointed at the beginning of each regular session of the General Assembly convening after a general election and at such other times as may be necessary, and the members of the committees shall serve at the pleasure of the appropriate appointing authority:

(1) Senate Services.

(2) Joint Budget Committee.

The majority leader of the Senate shall appoint the majority members to these committees, with the majority leader appointing to the Joint Budget Committee the majority party members elected by the Senate majority party caucus to serve on this committee. The minority leader shall appoint the minority members to these committees, with the minority leader appointing to the Joint Budget Committee the minority party member elected by the Senate minority party caucus to serve on this committee.

(c) No committee shall sit during the sessions of the Senate nor at any time occupy the Senate chamber without leave granted by the Senate.

(d) Committees shall report upon all matters referred to them without unnecessary delay, and in case of an adverse report, shall at all times state explicitly reasons therefor, in which case such adverse report shall not be acted upon until the following day. They shall return all petitions and other papers referred to them with the bill or resolution, if any, to which they relate.

(e) If a committee of reference decides that a bill referred to it should be referred to another committee it shall do so by means of a committee of reference report.

(f) The Senate services committee shall see to the proper revision, engrossment, and enrollment of bills. The committee may examine all bills, joint resolutions, joint memorials, and amendments, or other papers which are required to be engrossed before they go out of the possession of the Senate; they may also compare such amendments as shall be made in the House to Senate bills, that are concurred in by the Senate, for the purpose of seeing if they are correct for enrollment in the bill. No bill shall have its third reading unless it shall have been printed, nor until it has been correctly engrossed. The said committee may examine all bills before third reading and final passage, for the purpose of avoiding repetitions, unconstitutional provisions, securing proper title and of ensuring accuracy in the text and references and consistency with the language of existing statutes, and as to whether any amendments adopted by the Senate, if not already printed, are of that material character required by the constitution to be printed. If the committee examines any bills, it may report the nature of errors, with a concise suggestion as to the change necessary to correct the same. The committee may examine all bills originating in the Senate to see that they are correctly enrolled, signed by the President and the Speaker of the House, and presented to the Governor for signature. The committee may also authorize, review, and audit all expenditures for equipment, supplies, and services necessary for the efficient conduct of the business of the Senate and may employ such officers and employees of the Senate as authorized and assign them to their duties. The committee shall have leave to report at any time on its activities and may delegate any of its responsibilities to the secretary, as appropriate.