Committee on State Budget and Financial Affairs
21 members of Parliament in total belong to the Committee on State Budget and Financial Affairs: twelve CSU members, five SPD members and two members each from the FREIE WÄHLER (FW) and Alliance 90/The Greens (GRU).
The Committee on State Budget and Financial Affairs has existed since the start of the first electoral term in 1946. Its main duty is to advise on the state budget, which is set up for two years, where the figures for the second budget year are adjusted within the framework of a supplementary budget. The budget is the basis for all the state activity for the respective financial year. Approving it is therefore one of the Parliament‘s most important duties. Once it is approved by Parliament, the implementation of the budget is in the hands of the state government.
Nevertheless, the Budget Committee is called for here too. As part of parliamentary budgetary control, it also has an effect on the implementation of the budget through various rights of information and reservations of consent (e.g. structural engineering documentation, monitoring of job losses laid down in the Budget Law etc.)
At the close of the financial year, the state government presents the budget accounts and applies to the Bavarian State Parliament to discharge their budget management. It is is also the Budget Committee‘s duty to carry out this discharging process. It is done after the budget accounts have been checked by the Bavarian High Court of Auditors as part of consultations on the Bavarian High Court of Auditors‘ annual report.
In addition, the committee assists the plenary with examining any submitted motions and bills for their financial impact and preparing appropriate decisions across the wide varied range of financial policy.
If the plenary session does not make the decision itself, the Committee on State Budget and Financial Affairs exercises the Bavarian State Parliament‘s rights with property and shareholding issues. It also deals with petitions and complaints that come under its area of responsibility.
The Committee on State Budget and Financial Affairs Meetings
The meetings always take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during sitting weeks. They are convened and chaired by the chairman. Besides the committee members and head of the committee office, state government representatives responsible for the specific agenda items also attend. With important political issues, responsible members of the government are also present. The Bavarian State Parliament‘s shorthand writers’ service documents the meetings.