By PATRICK CLOONAN Daily News Staff Writer
In the wake of a controversy in Harrisburg over reforming committee
assignments, area state lawmakers are announcing where they’ve been
placed for the upcoming General Assembly session.
“I look forward to working in a
bipartisan fashion with my colleagues on each committee,” state Rep.
Marc J. Gergely, D-White Oak, said after he was named Democratic vice
chairman of the Labor and Industry Committee on which he previously was
majority vice chairman.
Gergely also was named to minority posts on the Game and Fisheries,
Human Services and Professional Licensure committees.
He’ll be joined on the latter by Rep. William C. Kortz II, D-Dravosburg,
and minority chairman Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Carrick.
Kortz also was named to Agriculture & Rural Affairs, Professional
Licensure and Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness committees.
Gergely and Kortz, both of whom represent McKeesport and West Mifflin in
the state House, were among those who spoke up after
the Republican leadership proposed changes which included taking one
minority seat away from each committee.
The GOP leadership also proposed restrictions on bringing amendments to
the House floor.
Republican leaders later withdrew all the proposals.
Also locally, Rep. Paul Costa, D-Wilkins Township,
was named to Appropriations, Gaming Oversight, Liquor Control and
Rep. George Dunbar, R-Penn Township,
was named to Finance, Gaming Oversight, Local Government and State
Rep. R. Ted Harhai, D-Monessen, was named minority chairman of the House
Committee On Committees, which primarily tracks the status of the
various committee members and subcommittee officers.
He also was named to the Environmental Resources & Energy, Liquor
Control, Local Government and Transportation committees.
Rep. Joseph F. Markosek, D-Monroeville, former majority chairman of the
Transportation Committee, is serving as minority chairman of the
Appropriations Committee and also will sit on the House Rules Committee.
Rep. Rick Saccone, R-Elizabeth Township,
was named to Children & Youth, Environmental Resources & Energy,
Judiciary and Urban Affairs committees.