MPs Thursday evening changed House rules that will see each of the 349 lawmakers serve on two committees, pushing the total number of teams from 29 to 32.
No member of the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC), the MPs’ employer, or chairperson of a committee, will be allowed to serve on any other committee.
Two joint committees comprising members of the Senate and the National Assembly has been split.
The National Assembly will now have its stand-alone committees on national cohesion and equal opportunity as well as committee on Parliamentary broadcasting and library.
The trade committee has been carved out from finance and planning committee, co-operatives hived off agriculture while sports and culture committee has been created from labour and social welfare committee.
The MPs adopted a report of the Procedure and House Rules Committee which created 662 slots up from the previous 554 for distribution among the general membership of the House. The changes saw an increase of 88 slots to be shared among lawmakers.
“It is further observed that the proposed increment is minimal with an additional two slots proposed for departmental committees and watchdog committees and an additional four slots for the Budget and Appropriations Committee,” the propose changes states.