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Northern Marianas Commonwealth Legislature

Committees of the Senate, 21st Commonwealth Legislature:

Executive Appointments & Government Investigations

The Committee on Executive Appointments and Government Investigations shall consist of not more than five (5) 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.

  1. Executive Appointments.
     
  2. General.  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.
  1. Failure to report Statement of Financial Interest.  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.
  1. 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 Clerk 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 unless authorized by the chair to be submitted at a later date.
  1. Judicial appointees. Any person nominated as a judge or justice to the Commonwealth Courts shall complete an Investigation Questionnaire in the form of appendix “C” to these rules.
  1. 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.

(c)  Failure to Fulfill Oath.  Except for Judicial appointees, any board or commission member confirmed by the Senate as recommended by this committee who fails, as determined by this committee, to fulfill the oath shall be recommended for removal by resolution to the appointing authority.

Tel: 670-664-8922
Fax: 670-664-8938
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Members of this Committee


Fiscal Affairs

The Committee on Fiscal Affairs shall strictly consist of only the chairpersons of each respective Senate standing committee.  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, Education and Welfare

The Committee on Health, Education, and Welfare shall consist of not more than five (5) 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 health, education, and the general welfare of the people of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.  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) 664-8874
Fax: (670) 664-8976
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Judiciary, Government, Law and Federal Relations

The Committee on Judiciary, Government, Law, and Federal Relations shall consist of not more than five (5) 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, local and governmental organization and functions, civil service, senatorial district-municipal relations and related subjects.  It shall be of this committee to consider matters referred to it pertaining to relations between the federal government, including the United Nations and the Commonwealth government.  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) 664-8812
Fax: (670) 664-8813
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Public Utilites, Transportation & Communications

The Committee on Public Utilities, Transportation, and Communications shall consist of not more than five (5) 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. 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: 670-664-8803
Fax: 670-664-8824
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Resources, Economic Development & Programs

The Committee on Resources, Economic Development and Programs shall consist of not more than five (5) 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.

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

 (a) The Committee on Rules and Procedures shall consist of the President, Vice President, Floor Leader, and the Senate Legislative Secretary.  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; and
      (2) 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.     

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

                   (d) The Rules Committee Chair shall perform the duties as defined in Rule 2, section 5 in the absence of the Senate Legislative Secretary.

Tel: (670) 664-8874
Fax: (670) 664-8976
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Members of this Committee