Preliminary conference
The first step for bills in committee is to be included in a committee's preliminary conference.
  1. The committee staff, under the direction of the Chairperson, organizes the bills assigned to the committee into subject matter categories.
  1. Often there are a few bills that are very similar. Grouping the bills by subject matter helps committee members consider these bills at the same time.
  1. Remember that committees can also create their own bills. Bills originating from a committee are called raised bills.