(a) The Senate and House of Representatives standing committees appointed after the biennial general election as provided in § 10-3-101 are authorized to meet during the months of December and January prior to the convening of the General Assembly for the purpose of taking under consideration prefiled bills assigned to the various committees and for the purpose of holding hearings on those bills. No final committee recommendations shall be made on any bills prefiled and submitted to the various committees until after the General Assembly is convened in session.
(b) Members of Senate and House standing committees attending presession committee meetings as authorized in this section shall be entitled to receive per diem and mileage for attending the meetings.
Acts 1973, No. 208, § 2; A.S.A. 1947, § 4-144.