standing committee

A committee that is established for ongoing business, that continues to exist from session to session, and that is usu. charged with considering business of a certain recurring kind.

• A legislature will ordinarily establish a standing committee concerned with a specific field of legislation. A legislative standing committee usu. considers basic questions of legislative policy, holds hearings on legislation, eliminates unwanted bills, and prepares favored measures for passage.

— Also termed permanent committee. [Cases: United States 23. C.J.S. United States § 39.]

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