Created as a statutory body by an Act of the legislature in 1976 and reconstituting as a joint committee of the Legislature by an Act of the Legislature in 1982, the Committee's current purpose is to review all legislative rules proposed by state agencies, boards and commissions and to make recommendations regarding the proposed rules to the Legislature, which has the authority to approve or disapprove the promulgation of the proposed rules.
The Committee is composed of six members of the Senate appointed by the President of the Senate and six member of the House of Delegates appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates. The President and the Speaker are ex officio, nonvoting members and appoint the cochairs. Members receive the same compensation and expenses received by the other members of the Legislature serving on committees. The Committees is authorized to employ legal, technical, investigative, clerical, stenographic, advisory, and other personnel. (Code 29A-3)