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Pickett Named to Appropriations Committee

Lawmaker to continue service on Rural Affairs, Transportation, Consumer Affairs committees

Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) will have a greater voice in developing the state budget while continuing her work in the areas of rural affairs and transportation after receiving her committee assignments today from Speaker of the House Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Armstrong/Indiana). 

This legislative session, Pickett was named to the powerful House Appropriations Committee, which has the responsibility of considering every bill that has a financial impact on the Commonwealth, including the state budget. As part of her duties, Pickett will participate in the series of budget hearings that will take place after Gov. Tom Corbett delivers his budget address on March 8. 

“My placement on the Appropriations Committee will allow me to ensure that the voices of Northern Tier residents are heard on state spending, as well as the wealth of legislation that is referred to this panel,” Pickett said. “This is a very active committee, and I am honored to join its ranks.” 

Another new assignment for Pickett will be her service on the House Consumer Affairs Committee, which deals with such issues as automobile lemon laws, unfair trade practices, consumer protection, and matters involving the Public Utility Commission (PUC). 

“This assignment will allow me to have greater involvement in energy issues from the consumer viewpoint, which will be an asset as our area,” Pickett said. 

In addition, Pickett was assigned to the House Transportation and Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees, where she previously served last session. 

“Transportation will again be a major focus of attention in Harrisburg, especially as federal stimulus funding is running out and our highway, road and bridge infrastructure continues to age,” she said. “In the coming session, we will need to find ways to be creative in terms of financing transportation improvements, including the use of public-private partnerships which has huge potential to upgrade our roads and bridges while not adding to the taxpayers’ burden.” 

Finally, Pickett will serve on the Committee on Committees, which helps organize the committee structure in the House, and the Rules Committee, which governs operating procedures. She also was appointed by Republican Whip Stan Saylor (R-York) to be a deputy whip, which assists in member head counts or helps promote certain tough issues facing the Republican Caucus. 

State Representative Tina Pickett
110th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Jennifer Keaton

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