The Constitution of 1776 (sec. 24) provided that each house was to ". . . settle its own rules of proceeding." In November 1796, the Senate formed a committee to "report rules and regulations to be observed in the Senate." Called first the Committee on Rules and Regulations, it came to be known as the Rules Committee.

The Rules Committee considers proposals regarding rules, organization, and procedures of the Senate or the General Assembly. The Committee reviews proposed legislation introduced after the bill deadline in a regular session and decides on re-referral of those bills to other standing committees. The Committee has eleven members.

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