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Executive Board of the Legislative Council

Public Hearing Procedures
February 5th, 2019

Welcome and thank you for visiting the Executive Board Committee page.

Please note that the Committee holds hearings over the lunch hour, unlike standing committees which hold hearings throughout the afternoon. In light of the limited time for hearings, to make sure your voice is heard please consider submitting a written letter for the record. This is a form of testimony that will be included in the official hearing record.

Include your name and address, position on the bill/resolution in question (proponent, opponent or neutral), and a request for the letter to be included as part of the public hearing record in addition to any testimony and information you wish to express.

If you would like to have a letter submitted and entered into the public record, please submit materials to no later than 5:00 pm on the last work day prior to the public hearing.

January 4th, 2017

The Legislative Council is governed by an Executive Board, which supervises all legislative services and employees. By law, the board employs personnel and sets salaries as needed “to carry out the intent and activities of the Legislature or the board.” The board is responsible for processing legislation involving the following subject areas:

  • constitutional amendments that govern the Legislature or legislative process
  • legislative candidate eligibility requirements
  • senators’ salaries
  • term limits
  • legislative ethics
  • legislative committees, commissions, and task forces
  • Legislative Council
  • Executive Board

The Executive Board consists of a chairperson, vice chairperson, the speaker, and six other senators. Board members are chosen at the beginning of the first session of a Legislature and serve a two-year term. The Legislature at-large elects the chairperson and vice chairperson. Two board members are chosen to represent each of three geographical caucuses. The chairperson of the Appropriations Committee serves as a nonvoting ex officio member of the board when it considers fiscal matters.

Members of the Executive Board also serve as the Reference Committee, which refers introduced bills, resolutions and gubernatorial appointments to the standing committees according to subject jurisdiction.

If you are not testifying in person on a bill and would like to submit a written position letter to be included in the official hearing record as an exhibit, the letter must be delivered to the office of the committee chair (or emailed to the committee chair) of the committee conducting the hearing on the bill by 5:00 p.m. on the last work day prior to the public hearing.

Additionally, the letter must include your name and address, state a position of for, against, or neutral on the bill in question and include a request for the letter to be included as part of the public hearing record.

Committee Members
  • Sen. Dan Hughes, Chairperson
  • Sen. Tony Vargas (VC)
  • Sen. Suzanne Geist
  • Sen. Mike Hilgers
  • Sen. Steve Lathrop
  • Sen. John Lowe
  • Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks
  • Sen. John McCollister
  • Sen. Julie Slama
  • Sen. John Stinner
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