Lawmakers filed a measure June 23 that would create a new joint legislative committee to better review and consider grant-in-aid requests.

Sponsored by House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst and House Minority Whip Deborah Hudson, House Bill 260 would create a bipartisan, bicameral, six-member committee similar to the Joint Finance, Bond Bill and Joint Sunset committees. The new panel would be charged with reviewing requests for grants-in-aid from nonprofit groups, fire companies and other applicants. The Joint Finance Committee, which also writes the state operating budget, currently handles these requests.

Under HB 260, the Grant-in-Aid Committee would look at performance measures when considering funding requests. The panel would comprise six senators and representatives, with two members from each majority caucus and one from each minority caucus.

The committee co-chairs and members would be paid the same as the Bond Bill and Sunset committees pay: $4,578 for co-chairs and $3,852 for members.

HB 260 would take effect on Jan. 1, 2018. It has been assigned to the House Administration Committee.