– Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Westmoreland/Allegheny) today announced that he has been appointed to serve on the House Commerce, Finance, Local Government and Urban Affairs committees for the 2019-20 legislative session. Brooks was sworn into office for his first term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Jan. 1.
“I am very pleased with my committee assignments,” said Brooks. “I look forward to addressing the difficult challenges that face Pennsylvania through my services on these committees. These committees should give me the opportunity to focus on growing the economic environment in Pennsylvania as well as reducing over-regulation and excessive taxation. I am confident that my experience will benefit the residents of the 54th Legislative District.”
The Commerce Committee is responsible for originating legislation and overseeing implementation of programs which affect Pennsylvania companies. The committee has primary jurisdiction over corporate governance through the business corporation law, as well as regulation of offers of sale and credit through various statutes.
The Finance Committee oversees matters relating to taxation and fiscal policy, investment of the Commonwealth’s money and regulations of the Department of Revenue. In addition, it reviews legislation dealing with the operation of the Pennsylvania Lottery, as well as bills regarding the Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program and the Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly (PACE) Program, both of which are funded by the lottery.
The Local Government Committee reviews bills that amend the municipal codes by which local governments operate. This could include legislation related to local government purchases, real estate assessment policies and statewide pensions for municipal police officers.
As a member of the Urban Affairs Committee, Brooks will be involved in issues affecting the state’s cities including housing; urban redevelopment; economic development; land use planning and zoning; growth management; infrastructure financing; and city services such as police, fire, sewage and water.
“My committee assignments will keep me busy in the coming months,” said Brooks. “The General Assembly has a full plate in front of it and I am eager to get to work.”
For more information on Brooks and his legislative priorities, visit RepBrooks.com
Representative Bob Brooks
54th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Rick Leiner
717.260.6437 (office), 717.497.8478 (cell)