The Associated Press examined the work of the 14 Senate and 14 House committees that took up bills during the just-completed legislative session. Among the findings:
- Just under one-third of the 2,080 bills introduced during the session earned a review from at least one committee during the 60 days.
- About one in 10 bills made it through two committees in the chamber where it started.
- A triple-reference proved too great a hurdle: none of the 20 House and Senate bills each assigned to three separate committees for review survived the session.
- Of the 320 bills that crossed over between the Senate and House, more than 70 percent cleared at least one committee in the other chamber.
- House committees got off to a quicker start, advancing bills almost immediately.
- The House Judiciary Committee proved the busiest overall, considering nearly 200 bills.
But critics of that approach, and the current committee process, include the House's longest-serving sitting member.