DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Legislative study committees. Establishes a fixed number of specified legislative study committees effective January 1, 2001. Requires a legislative study authorized after December 31, 2000, to be assigned to one of the legislative study committees. Provides that a legislative study committee consists of 12 members, six appointed from each house of the general assembly and equally divided between the political parties. Provides that the president pro tempore of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives may each appoint two additional members to a study committee. Requires that 12 members of a legislative study committee must be appointed from the standing committees that have subject matter jurisdiction over the topic of the study. Provides general procedures for the operation of a legislative study committee. Provides that the legislative council may reassign a topic assigned to a body established by statute before January 1, 2001, to a study committee created by the new law. Provides that if the expiration date of a statute for a body established before January 1, 2001, to conduct a legislative study is extended, the legislative council may reassign the topic to a study committee created by the new law, notwithstanding the extension.