Oberlander Views Corbett, Republican Majority and Committee Assignments as Fresh Opportunities to Keep Pennsylvania Open for Business

State Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong) has been assigned to serve on four state House committees during the 2011-12 legislative session.   

Oberlander will return for her second consecutive term as a member of the Commerce, Gaming Oversight and Liquor Control committees. 

“Just as three of my four committee assignments remain the same, my legislative agenda will continue to revolve around keeping Clarion and Armstrong counties and the rest of Pennsylvania  open for business,” said Oberlander.   “With that said, I am greatly looking forward to the opportunity to work with a Republican governor and a pro-business, pro-jobs majority in both houses of the General Assembly that are dedicated to advancing fiscally responsible economic policies and pro-growth initiatives that will transform the entire Commonwealth into a statewide opportunity zone where job-creating businesses want to move to, rather than flee from.”   

The Commerce Committee is responsible for reviewing legislation and overseeing the implementation of state economic and technical assistance programs that directly impact Pennsylvania companies and consumers.   The Gaming Oversight Committee has jurisdiction over legislation regulating Pennsylvania’s licensed casinos and all other matters involving expanded gaming. 

The Liquor Control Committee is responsible for all legislative and constituent issues relating to the administration, licensing, sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages throughout the Commonwealth, including the issue of whether or not to privatize the wholesale and retail operations of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.    It is estimated that the sale of these licenses could potentially generate $2 billion in new state revenue to help offset the $4 to $5 billion Rendell budget deficit. 

Oberlander’s fourth and newest standing committee assignment is to the Professional Licensure Committee, which is responsible for overseeing legislation and regulations dealing with Pennsylvania’s 27 professional licensing boards.   She also has been appointed to serve on the House Republican Job Creation Policy Development Team.  

“I am very pleased with my appointment to each of these extremely active standing committees,” said Oberlander. “Pennsylvania state government must begin treating business and job creation as a statewide issue, instead of the current process of only offering help to distressed counties and politically favored regions.   There is a lot of heavy lifting that needs to be done to prevent corruption and organized crime from becoming the driving forces behind Pennsylvania’s liquor, gaming and all other licensed industries, revive the state’s economy, and most importantly, reduce the overall economic burden and level of government interference on working families and job-creating employers.” 

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State Representative Donna Oberlander
63rd District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Ty McCauslin

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