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Northern Marianas Commonwealth Legislature

Committees of the Senate, 20th Commonwealth Legislature:

Education and Youth Affairs

The Committee on Education and Youth Affairs shall consist of not more than five or less than three members.  It shall be the duty of this Committee to consider and report on all bills, resolutions and matters referred to it by the Senate pertaining to all matters, programs, and concerns on education and youth affairs in the Commonwealth.

Tel: 670-664-8968
Fax: 670-664-8919
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Members of this Committee


Executive Appointments & Government Investigations

(a)    Committee: General.  The Committee on Executive Appointments and Government Investigations shall consist of not more than six or less than three members.  It shall be the duty of this Committee to consider and report on all bills, resolutions and other matters referred to it by the Senate pertaining to the advice and consent of the Senate on executive appointments; legislative appointments; investigations on alleged criminal acts of government corruption and related subjects.  It shall be the duty of this committee to consider and investigate any needed revision of the laws or needed legislation relating to any subject within its jurisdiction.

(b)   Appointments: General.  A person appointed to a position requiring the advice and consent of the Senate shall be a citizen or a national of the United States, a resident of the Commonwealth, and at least 18 years of age.  No person appointed to a position requiring the advice and consent of the Senate shall be considered by the Senate if that person has been convicted of a crime carrying a maximum sentence of imprisonment of more than six months unless a full pardon has been granted or unless a period of three years has elapsed since the time of the conviction or from completion of any sentence, whichever is later.

(c)    Appointments: Failure to report.  A person appointed to a position requiring the advice and consent of the Senate who refuses or fails to timely submit to the Senate a statement of financial interest shall not be considered by the Senate.

(d)   Appointments: Drug test result.  A person appointed to a position requiring the advice and consent of the Senate shall submit an official drug test result not more than 30 days old under seal to the Senate before being considered by the Senate.  Results of the drug test shall be maintained by the Clerk under seal and made available to members of the Senate and legal counsels only.  Any person failing to submit a drug test result shall not be considered by the Senate.

(e)    Judicial Appointees:  Any person nominated as a judge or justice to the Commonwealth Courts shall complete an appendix (d) to these rules.  (Attachment D)

(f)    Appointments: Failure to confirm.  If an appointment is not confirmed by the Senate within 90 consecutive calendar days from the date the person was appointed, the Senate shall not act on the appointment.

Tel: 670-664-8922
Fax: 670-664-8938
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Federal Relations & Independent Agencies

The Committee on Federal Relations & Independent Agencies shall consist of not more than six or less than three members. It shall be the duty of this Committee to consider and report on all bills, resolutions and other matters referred to it by the Senate pertaining to relations between the federal government, including the United Nations and the Commonwealth Government.  It shall also be the duty of the Committee to consider and report on all bills, resolutions and other matters referred to it by the Senate pertaining to an agency, authority, or public or quasi-public corporation. It shall be the duty of the Committee to review the implementation, operation and function of those programs and the extent to which their objectives are being accomplished and legislative policies executed.

Tel: 670-664-8868
Fax: 670-664-8908
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Fiscal Affairs

The Committee on Fiscal Affairs shall consist of not more than six or less than three members.  It shall be the duty of this committee to consider and report on all bills, resolutions, or other matters referred to it by the Senate pertaining to the finances and financial administration of the Northern Marianas or any of the municipalities thereof, such subjects to include but not be limited to tax and non-tax revenues, budgets, expenditures, appropriations, loans, debts, claims funding arrangements, accounting and audits, proposed, present or past, and related subjects.  Bills, resolutions or other matters referred to the Committee on Fiscal Affairs pertaining to the subject matter of another standing committee and to financial matters may be referred by the Committee on Fiscal Affairs to such other committee for preliminary examination and report to the Committee on Fiscal Affairs.  It shall be the duty of this committee to consider and investigate any needed revision of the laws or needed legislation relating to any subject within its jurisdiction.

Tel: 670-664-8868
Fax: 670-664-8908
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Health & Welfare

The Committee on Health, and Welfare shall consist of not more than six or less than three members.  It shall be the duty of this committee to consider any report on all bills, resolutions and other matters referred to it by the Senate pertaining to housing, consumer protection, protection of the environment, the conditions of labor, physical and mental health, and the general welfare of the people of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.  The Committee shall also consider and report on all federal programs of the United States Government related to any subject within its jurisdiction for which the Commonwealth is eligible.  It shall be the duty of this committee to consider and investigate any needed revision of the laws or needed legislation relating to any subject within its jurisdiction.

Tel: 670-664-8814
Fax: 670-664-8919
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Judiciary, Government & Law

The Committee on Judiciary, Government and Law shall consist of not more than six or less than three members.  It shall be the duty of this committee to consider and report on all bills, resolutions and other matters referred to it by the Senate pertaining to civil and criminal law, judicial administration and organization, land law, traditional rights, suffrage and elections, revision of statutes, governmental organization and functions, civil service, senatorial district-municipal relations and related subjects.  It shall be the duty of this committee to consider and investigate any needed revision of the laws or needed legislation relating to any subject within its jurisdiction.

Tel: 670-664-8858
Fax: 670-664-8860
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Public Utilites, Transportation & Communications

The Committee on Public Utilities, Transportation and Communications shall consist of not more than six or less than three members.  It shall be the duty of this Committee to consider and report on all bills, resolutions and other matters referred to it by the Senate pertaining to public utilities; public works; communications; roads; ports; transportation; and related matters.

Tel: 670-664-8812
Fax: 670-664-8813
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Resources, Economic Development & Programs

(a)    Committee:  General. The Committee on Resources, Economic Development and Programsshall consist of not more than six or less than three members.  It shall be the duty of this committee to consider and report on all bills, resolutions, and other matters referred to it by the Senate pertaining to the economy of the  Commonwealth and the resources thereof, development loans, private savings and indebtedness, commerce and trade,agriculture, fisheries, forestry, mineral resources, land management, industries, electric power, communications, land, sea, air transportation, and related subjects.  The Committee shall consider and report on all federal programs of the United States Government related to any subject within its jurisdiction for which the Commonwealth is eligible.  It shall be the duty of this committee to consider and investigate any needed revision of the laws or needed legislation relating to any subject within its jurisdiction.

(b)   Public Land Leases: Approval.  Public land leases requiring the approval of the Senate shall not be approved unless the Department of Public Lands publishes a notice of opportunity to lease public land prior to the expiration or after the termination of an existing public land lease requiring legislative approval inclusive of the fifteen year extension of any lease in order to obtain the best offer available for such properties and complies with the requirements set forth in Senate Resolution 17-48 ; provided that this rule shall not apply to public land leases necessary for developing or enhancing the infrastructure of the CNMI including water, power, and telecommunications.

Tel: 670-664-8874
Fax: 670-664-8976
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Rules and Procedure

(a) The Committee on Rules and Procedures shall consist of not less than five members.  The members of this committee shall include the President, Vice President, Floor Leader, Senate Legislative Secretary, and the Chair of each of the Standing Committees.  This committee shall be the policy-making body of the Senate and shall have the following duties:

       (1)  To consider and report on all proposed amendments to these rules;

(2) To determine the priority of all matters and the order in which all bills, resolutions, reports, communications, or correspondence shall be placed on the session agenda for debate or discussion on the Senate floor;

(3) To consider all proposed legislation requiring referral to the committees of the Senate and to make appropriate referral of all bills, resolutions and other matters before the Senate for final determination, or as referred by the President;

(4) To commend to the President and the Senate Leadership policies governing the administration and operation of the Senate including staff organization, functions, personnel policies and rates of compensation for Senate employees, or as determined by the individual Senators due to the decentralization of accounts and expenditure authority of those accounts.

(5) To consider all matters concerning the properties, inventory and use of physical space and premises of the Senate and recommend appropriate action to the President.

(b) The Rules Committee shall continue in existence during any recess of the Senate, and after final adjournment until the convening of the next Legislature.  The President, Vice President, Floor Leader, Legislative Secretary and Chair of the Committee on Rules and Procedures shall constitute the executive committee for this committee.  The executive committee shall be responsible for preparing the agenda prior to each Senate session, and shall perform such other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned to it by the Committee on Rules and Procedures.

(c) In performing its duties under paragraphs 1, 4, and 5 of subsection (a) of this section, action by the Rules Committee shall require a majority vote of the entire membership of the Committee.

            The Rules Committee Chair shall perform the duties as defined in Rule 1, section 6 in the absence of the Senate Legislative Secretary.

Tel: 670-664-8874
Fax: 670-664-8976
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