PA House assigns new committee chairs
With the passing of state Representative Dick Hess, there was an opening for chair of the House Transportation committee. There were several names that were circulating and on Wednesday Speaker Sam Smith named Rep. Nicholas Micozzie, R-Delaware, as head of the Transportation committee. Micozzie was the chair of the House Insurance committee; Rep. Tina Pickett, R-Bradford, takes over that post. Pickett was the chair of the House Gaming Oversight committee; Rep. Mauree Gingrich, R-Lebanon, is taking that post.
Rep. Micozzie said that the state is “facing a critical time…in regard to needed transportation funding” and that he is familiar with Pennsylvania’s pressing transportation issues and that he is “familiar the many bills awaiting consideration by the committee, and am ready to hit the ground running.” Micozzie will utilize his 34 years of legislative experience as well as his experience as a committee leader and member of the transportation committee to work on the state’s transportation funding issues.
Rep. Pickett said she was honored to have been chosen to lead the Insurance committee. Speaker of the House Sam Smith said that with Rep. Pickett’s experience as a former small business owner, county commissioner and trustee of her local health system she brings valuable experience to the committee. Pickett has previously served as a member of the House Insurance committee for two sessions during her tenure.
NCAA lifts some PSU sanctions
Earlier this week, Penn State University Trustee Barbara Doran posted online that the NCAA will roll back some of the sanctions it placed on PSU’s football scholarships following the Jerry Sandusky abuse scandal. The NCAA’s president, Mark Emmert said the adjustments were made based on the “good behavior” PSU had exhibited since the sanctions were implemented. The NCAA maintained that in the consent agreement with the university they were able to adjust the sanctions.
The House Gaming Oversight committee is responsible for overseeing Pennsylvania’s gaming industry. Gingrich said the knowledge and experience she has gained has prepared her well for the role of chair of the committee. Smith called her a “gifted leader” with a “proven record for getting things done.” He appreciated her willingness to accept the role and the responsibilities of the committee.