House Rules

Rules Relating to Committees

General Rules of Order and Procedure
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Rules Relating to the Presiding Officer
Rules Relating to Committees
Rules Relating to the Clerk and the Journal
Joint Rules of the Two Houses

Rule 65. The following shall constitute the standing committees of the House:

(1) Rules


(a) Special Order Calendars

(b) Consent Calendars

(c) Resolutions

(2) Ways and Means Education


(a) K-12 Appropriations

(b) Higher Education Appropriations

(c) Taxes, Exemptions, and Benefits

(3) Ways and Means General Fund


(a) Appropriations

(b) Taxes, Exemptions, and Benefits

(4) Judiciary


(a) Civil Justice

(b) Criminal Justice

(5) State Government


(a) Government Regulations

(b) Government Services

(6) Ethics and Campaign Finance


(a) Ethics

(b) Campaign Finance

(7) Transportation, Utilities, and Infrastructure


(a) Transportation and Infrastructure

(b) Utilities

(8) Technology and Research


(a) Energy and Green Technology

(b) BioMedical and Manufacturing

(9) Commerce and Small Business


(a) Environmental Issues

(b) Small Business and Labor

(10) Agriculture and Forestry


(a) Agribusiness

(b) Sporting Issues

(c) Petroleum and Waterways

(11) Economic Development and Tourism


(a) Economic Development and Incentives

(b) Regulations

(12) Health


(a) Health Care Costs

(b) Health Care Professionals and Procedures

(13) Constitution, Campaigns, and Elections


(a) Constitutional Issues

(b) Campaigns and Elections

(14) Public Safety and Homeland Security


(a) Public Safety

(b) Homeland Security and Immigration

(15) Boards, Agencies, and Commissions


(a) Professional Qualifications

(b) Agency and Commission Issues

(16) County and Municipal Government


(a) Government Regulations

(b) Government Services

(17) Financial Services


(a) Regulations

(b) Services

(18) Insurance


(a) Regulations

(b) Services

(19) Education Policy


(a) Higher Education

(b) K-12

(20) Internal Affairs

(21) Military and Veterans' Affairs

(22) Children and Senior Advocacy


(a) Children's Affairs

(b) Senior Advocacy

(23) Local Legislation

(24) Baldwin County Legislation

(25) Jefferson County Legislation

(26) Lee County Legislation

(27) Madison County Legislation

(28) Mobile County Legislation

(29) Montgomery County Legislation

(30) Shelby County Legislation

(31) Tuscaloosa County Legislation

Rule 66. No committee shall meet when the House is convened in session without special permission.

Rule 67. No standing committee shall meet and take action on any bill assigned to it on the same calendar day the bill is assigned to it, except a committee that considers local legislation.

Rule 68. No committee or subcommittee shall meet outside the Capitol complex in Montgomery without the prior approval of the Speaker. No committee shall vote on bills or resolutions outside the Capitol complex in Montgomery.

Rule 69. [Reserved]

Rule 70. When the chair of a committee is absent, the vice-chair, if present, or if the chair and vice-chair are both absent, the member designated as the ranking minority member by the Speaker, during the absence of the chair or vice-chair, or both, shall become chair, and have power to call together the committee for the consideration of bills. A majority of the committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

Rule 71. [Reserved]

Rule 72. A committee shall not take action on a bill except when the committee is in session, and this provision shall not be waived by a majority signing petitions or other procedural documents.

Rule 73. The chair of any standing committee, excepting the Committee on Rules and a committee that considers local legislation, shall give notice in writing to the members of the committee at least 24 hours prior to the meeting; and such notice shall include a listing by number of all bills to be considered at the meeting. Notice shall be accomplished by placing the notice in the committee members' mailboxes located outside the Chamber and by posting the notice on the notice boards. Notice may be posted for consideration of bills in committee on the second calendar day of a special session four hours prior to the meeting. Notice may be posted four hours before the meeting after the 27th legislative day of a regular session for a bill received from the Senate after the 27th legislative day of a regular session.

Rule 74. The chair of a standing committee shall honor a written request for a public hearing on a bill if such request is received by the chair prior to the posting of the notice of the committee meeting at which the bill is to be considered.

Rule 75. The chair of a standing committee shall take a recorded vote on any motion if requested by a committee member and sustained by one additional committee member.

Rule 76. Subcommittees of a standing committee may meet solely for the purpose of researching and studying bills, resolutions, and other matters assigned to it. Each subcommittee may make recommendations to its respective standing committee.

Rule 77. The chair of the standing Committee on Local Legislation may report any bill out of the Committee without a meeting of that Committee if he or she has the unanimous consent of all members whose districts are affected by the proposed legislation.

Rule 78. The rules of procedure in the House shall be observed in standing committees as far as they may be applicable and shall not be suspended by a standing committee. Provided, that Rules 25 and 31 shall not be applicable.

Rule 79. If a law or executive order refers to the Chair of the Ways and Means Committee as a member or ex officio member of a committee, council, task force, or commission, the Speaker shall designate whether the position shall be filled by the Chair of the Ways and Means Education Committee or the Chair of the Ways and Means General Fund Committee.