Once a bill is introduced, it is assigned to a committee of state Senators and Representatives. You may wonder why these bills cannot just immediately go to House and Senate floors.
- The Connecticut General Assembly is in session only three months in even years and five months in odd years. In an even year, there are hundreds and hundreds of bills introduced. In an odd year, this number could be a few thousand! If all these bills went directly to the floor for lengthy debates, it would not be the best use of the legislature's time.
- Committees help the legislature stay as efficient as possible by using division of labor. Committee members develop certain levels of expertise in their specialized field, which can bring about more knowledgeable analysis of bills.