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White Receives 2013-14 Committee Assignments

Here's what's in store for the legislator.

State Rep. Jesse White, D-Cecil, has been appointed to serve on the House Judiciary, Labor and Industry, Consumer Affairs, and Game and Fisheries committees for the 2013-14 legislative session.

White, who served on the first three committees last session, said the assignments will allow him to address important issues facing his constituents in the 46th Legislative District.

“I am honored to have earned a seat at the table for many important issues to represent the priorities and concerns of the people in my district and across Pennsylvania,” said White, a licensed attorney. “I was especially pleased to have been selected again to serve on the Judiciary Committee, and appointed subcommittee chairman on family law for a second consecutive session.

"All four committees deal with extremely important legislation, and I look forward to using my assignments to help continue putting Pennsylvanians back to work, protecting children, seniors and other vulnerable groups from being targeted from crime, and promoting and protecting our rich outdoor heritage as a new member of the Game and Fisheries Committee,” White said.

There are 28 standing committees in the state House of Representatives. The committee system allows legislators to assess and amend legislation and evaluate important issues before bringing bills to the full House for a vote.

Insider Eyes January 17, 2013 at 04:35 AM
Is he also appointed to the "shake down the gas industry for perks" committee again?
Roger January 17, 2013 at 02:02 PM
There are 208 Representatives in the PA House, right? Several recent Patch stories have discussed new Committee appointments for the next session. In each case, each Representative has four or five appointments. For sake of simplicity, use four appointments each. With 208 members, at four each, that is 832 Committee assignments. With 28 Committees, that means each Committee has about 29 members. Should it surprise anybody that Committees with 29 members, 832 appointments across the House, that little gets done? Can somebody say "top heavy?" Tell me why I am wrong.
Jesse White January 18, 2013 at 02:07 AM
Actually, every committee except Appropriations has 15 members from the majority and 10 members from the minority party. Committee chairs and caucus leaders typically do not serve on standing committees. You can see the full list of committees at: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/cteeInfo/cteeInfo.cfm?cde=32&body=H
Roger January 18, 2013 at 01:35 PM
Thank you for the explanation. The link does not exactly go to where to find the information, but elsewhere in the site are the lists, assignments, etc. My assumption about four assignments per Representative is obviously wrong. I did find it a bit humorous to see one committee that is only devoted to committees, and another only devoted to rules. All this is Admin overhead, not moving any meaningful legislation forward. I also found a listing of the pending bills in the House. With so many focused on naming a "day" for this, that, and the next thing, no wonder we need so many representatives. It takes time to put this stuff together, the passing of which has no meaningful substance. One even is to recognize the events of Sandy Hook. Really? Does the news of the day not reach Harrisburg? All these revelations is likened to a door on its hinges, lots of movement, but nothing to show.
Let's Go PENS! January 18, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Roger...just an FYI...The House requires a constitutional majority of 102 votes from the 203 member body for the passage of a bill. In the House, approximately 3,000 bills are introduced per session. Members consider what is best for the constituents whom they represent. However, such a large majority tests the political agility of the membership.

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