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Committee chairpersons
The powers of a chairperson includes:

  • Scheduling and presiding over committee meetings and public hearings
  • Determining meeting agendas by choosing which bills to take up (and which not to)
  • Appointing chairs and members to subcommittees
  • Moving for passage of committee bills on the chamber floor
  • Leading the debate on the issue


Committee members generally defer to their chairpersons. This means that bills opposed by the chair are rejected, and those that the chair favors are approved.