standing committee


Definition of standing committee

: a permanent committee especially of a legislative body

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Once Democrats take control of the House next year, women are in line to chair four of the House’s 20 standing committees, including two that are among the House’s most influential panels. Julie Bykowicz, WSJ, "Women Enjoy Political Gains, but Advocates Want More," 13 Nov. 2018 The commission finalized a new power structure that reduced the chair's leadership role and created two standing committees with more control over the agency's decisions early last week. Taryn Luna, sacbee, "Second commissioner resigns from California's political watchdog agency," 11 June 2018 Under both plans, superdelegates would still retain regular convention responsibilities and rights, such as serving on standing committees and participating in other floor votes. Adam Levy, CNN, "A new, smaller role proposed for superdelegates," 8 June 2018 Yue Zhongming, a member of the standing committee, told a news conference the law was not intended to restrict academic freedom, but that this should not be used to harm the honor of the nation's heroes. Simon Denyer,, "China criminalizes the slander of its 'heroes and martyrs,' as it seeks to control history," 27 Apr. 2018 Yue Zhongming, director of the legislative planning office of the National People’s Congress’s standing committee, told reporters after the law was passed. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "China Guards Its Historical Heroes With New Law," 27 Apr. 2018 The change appears to stem from amendments approved by the judiciary’s standing committee on rules of practice and procedure in June. Washington Post, "Officers’ names disappear from court case search database," 2 Mar. 2018 Gibbs said that a standing committee and the Rev. Todd Ousley of the Episcopal Church Office of Pastoral Development will help guide the diocese during the transition period. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "Known for his liberal advocacy, head of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan to retire," 11 Jan. 2018 Plettner-Saunders took issue with Springs’ recent pitch to end some of the commission’s long-standing committees, which focus on specific subjects like funding or cultural tourism. Kinsee Morlan,, "Facing budget cuts, San Diego arts head steps down," 6 Feb. 2018

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circa 1636, in the meaning defined above

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Legal Definition of standing committee

: a permanent committee especially : one in a house or senate with jurisdiction over legislation in a particular area (as the judiciary or the armed services)

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