The Speaker of the House of Representatives shall select from each of the four (4) House District Caucuses five (5) members for each “A” standing committee and five (5) members for each “B” standing committee.The standing committees do most of the legislative lifting — Revenue and Taxation, Education, Public Health and so on. The speaker already names the chairs. In recent times, standing committees were chosen by members of each caucus. That led in the last two sessions to some strategic efforts by minority Democrats to pack targeted committees. In the last round, Democrats managed to place 11 members on the 20-member Revenue and Taxation Committee. But their majority was erased when Committee Chair Joe Jett left the party for the Republicans. Speaker Jeremy Gillam kept Jett on as committee chair.
It shall be a violation of the Rules of the House for any member of the House to accept a campaign contribution during the period beginning thirty (30) days before and ending thirty (30) days after any regular session of the General Assembly. If there is an extended recess of the General Assembly, the period shall end thirty (30) days after the beginning of the recess. It shall also be a violation of the Rules of the House for any member of the House to accept a campaign contribution during any extended session of the General Assembly or during any special session of the General Assembly.Rules previously prohibited taking money during the fiscal session.