Oberlander Appointed to Appropriations and Three Other New Committee Assignments
1/15/2013
As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong) will now work directly with Majority Chairman William Adolph (R-Delaware) to craft balanced and fiscally responsible state budget legislation. During the 2013-14 legislative session, Oberlander will also serve as a House Republican deputy whip, deputy Policy Committee chair, co-chair of the Pennsylvania House Diabetes Caucus and on the following standing committees Children and Youth, Environmental Resources and Energy, and Local Government. 
HARRISBURG—State Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong) has received four new House committee assignments for the 2013-14 legislative session of the General Assembly, which include Appropriations, Children and Youth, Environmental Resources and Energy, and Local Government.

The House Appropriations Committee is primarily tasked with drafting an annual balanced budget proposal that allocates funds to public schools and state universities, such as Clarion University, and most other state agencies and departments for state government operations on an annual basis. The committee is also charged with reviewing all legislation to analyze the fiscal impact any legislative proposal may have on Commonwealth funds.

“As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I now have a front-row seat at the table for all state budget hearings and negotiations,” said Oberlander. “I am greatly looking forward to playing a more active role in crafting a fiscally responsible state budget for the entire Commonwealth.”

The Children and Youth Committee deals with issues related to child protective services, county and children agencies, foster care, adoption, child care, juvenile facilities and non-crime legislation related to child protection and safety programs.

The Environmental Resources and Energy Committee has legislative oversight for the more than 45 different environmental laws administered by both the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), including the development and extraction of Marcellus Shale natural gas.

The Local Government Committee reviews bills dealing with municipal codes by which local governments operate, a policy area Oberlander is intimately familiar with as a former Clarion County commissioner. In previous sessions, this committee has considered legislation related to local government purchases, real estate assessment policies and a statewide pension plan for municipal police officers.

In addition to her standing committee assignments, Oberlander has once again been appointed to serve as a deputy House majority whip and co-chair of the Pennsylvania House Diabetes Caucus.

Deputy whips have a variety of responsibilities on the House floor, including assisting with member head counts and helping to promote certain tough issues facing the House Republican Caucus. They also keep Majority Whip Stan Saylor (R-York) informed about problems that members may have, or issues that might have an effect on the legislative agenda and on the caucus as a whole.

Finally, Oberlander was also selected to serve as a deputy chair of the House Majority Policy Committee, which takes a broader study of policy issues impacting the Commonwealth.

“As a third term legislator, I am pleased to have been appointed to committees where I feel I can really make a difference for the people I serve in Clarion and Armstrong counties, as well as you use my existing knowledge to effectuate responsible change,” said Oberlander. “Each of these committees is intimately involved in drafting laws and addressing major issues that directly impact the taxpayers and job creators for the entire 63rd Legislative District.”

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Representative Donna Oberlander
63rd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Ty McCauslin
717.772.9979
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