Committee on State Budget and Financial Affairs
The Committee on State Budget and Financial Affairs is one of the Bavarian State Parliament's 14 standing committees. It has a total of 22 members of Parliament.
The Committee on State Budget and Financial Affairs has existed since the beginning of the first electoral term in 1946. Its primary task is to advise on the state budget, which is drawn up for a period of two years, adjusting the figures for the second financial year by way of a supplementary budget. The budget forms the basis for all government activity in a given financial year. Its adoption is therefore one of Parliament's most important tasks.
Once the budget has been adopted by Parliament, it is up to the State Government to implement it. The Budget Committee is also called upon here. Within the framework of parliamentary budget control, it is involved in executing the budget using various information rights and powers of approval (e.g. structural engineering documentation, monitoring staff reduction as laid down in the Budget Act, etc.).
At the end of the financial year, the State Government presents the budgetary accounting and applies to the Bavarian State Parliament for approval of its budgetary management. It is also the Budget Committee's responsibility to carry out this approval procedure after the accounts have been audited by the Bavarian High Court of Auditors within the framework of its deliberations on the respective annual report.
In addition, the committee supports the plenary in reviewing the financial impact of the motions and bills submitted and draws up appropriate resolutions across the broad spectrum of fiscal policy. The committee also conducts expert hearings to prepare for decisions.
Insofar as the plenary session does not itself reach decisions, the Committee on State Budget and Financial Affairs exercises the Bavarian State Parliament's rights in matters of property and participation. It also deals with any petitions and complaints that fall within its area of responsibility.