Temporally limited in time, thematically focused
According to Article 10 Para. 2 of the States Parliament’s rules of procedure, the Parliament can establish further committees, this includes Sonderausschüsse (special committees). The term „Sonderausschuss “is not mentioned in the rules of procedure nor in the constitution of Lower Saxony, yet is to be found in the delegates' law. In comparison to the standing committees — as for instance the committee on internal affairs — special committees are established for a limited duration and dealing with a very specific topic. On the contrary, standing committees like the committee on internal affairs are active for an entire legislative period and dealing with much more comprehensive topics.
The State Parliament of Lower Saxony currently has a special committee studying preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19. The findings will be used to draw conclusions for future pandemic control in Lower Saxony.