Standing and Special Committees of the Legislative Assembly are formed to focus on various issues in greater detail than can be done in the House. Procedural rules in the committees are much more flexible than those of the Legislative Assembly, and committee members are allowed to hear the views and explanations of Ministers, officials, and other interested parties. Standing Committees fulfill three important functions: the study of legislation, the examination of policy issues and the review of government spending proposals. Standing Committees deal with Assembly business of a continuing nature. Special Committees may be created to undertake special tasks. Special Committees gather information and public input on particular issues or subjects and report to the Assembly, which debates and either adopts or changes their recommendations.
|Role of Standing and Special Committees of the Legislative Assembly