The Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan created its first committees in 1906. Historically, committees have had a number of significant functions but their principal purpose is to scrutinize and review the programs and initiatives of the government of the day, thereby making it more responsible to the people of Saskatchewan.
This scrutiny remains a central responsibility of committees today. On a number of occasions, committees were specifically created to conduct studies relating to particular aspects of public policy. In these instances, committees have been a means for both Members of the Legislative Assembly and the public (through submissions and hearings) to play a part in the formulation of public policy.
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The Standing Committee on Crown and Central Agencies considers matters relating to the Crown Investments Corporation of Saskatchewan and its subsidiaries, central government agencies, liquor, gaming, and all other revenue related agencies and entities.
The Standing Committee on the Economy considers matters related to economic development, agriculture, environment, natural resources, rural issues, transportation, and infrastructure.
The House Services Committee is authorized to examine any matter it deems advisable with respect to the rules, procedures, practices and powers of the Legislative Assembly, its operation and organization, and the facilities and services provided to the Assembly, its committees and Members.
The Standing Committee on Human Services considers matters relating to health, social services, education and labour.
The Standing Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs and Justice considers matters related to justice, corrections and policing; municipal, intergovernmental, inter-provincial, First Nations and Métis and northern affairs; and tourism, parks, culture and sport.
The Standing Committee on Private Bills considers and reports on petitions for private bills and any private bill referred to the committee after second reading.
The Standing Committee on Privileges examines and reports on issues of privilege as referred to it by the Assembly.
The Standing Committee on Public Accounts scrutinizes the fiscal management, administration and stewardship of public assets by the Government of Saskatchewan.