The Energy Committee reviews legislation that affects power and utilities issues. The Environment Committee handles legislation that addresses recycling and the environment. The Pensions and Investments Committee oversees laws affecting the five state pension systems for public employees and local government pension funds. The Revenue Committee considers legislation involving the Illinois tax code and tax-related issues.
The Senate’s 28 standing committees analyze legislation dealing with specific subject areas, such as education, agriculture and transportation. Committees screen legislation introduced by all members and usually, only those bills approved by a committee may be considered by the entire Senate.