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Teplitz Named Democratic Chair of Senate Local Government Committee

HARRISBURG, Jan. 8, 2013 — The leadership of the Senate Democratic Caucus has made its committee assignments for the 2013-14 legislative session, and state Sen. Rob Teplitz (D-Dauphin/York) has been named the Democratic chairman of the Senate Local Government Committee.  He has also been named as a member of the following committees: Education, Finance, Intergovernmental Operations, and Public Health & Welfare.

“I’m excited to begin my service on these committees, all of which play a critical role in the life of Central Pennsylvania,” said Teplitz.  “In particular, I look forward to using my position as Democratic chairman of the Local Government Committee to help resolve the city of Harrisburg’s fiscal crisis and address the challenges of local governments across Pennsylvania.”

Even before being officially sworn in to represent the 15th senatorial district, Teplitz hosted a public discussion on issues facing smaller urban areas across Pennsylvania.  At his request, the Senate Democratic Policy Committee held a panel discussion in the Allison Hill section of Harrisburg last month as the start of a broad conversation on the economic and structural challenges that many third-class cities and smaller urban areas like Harrisburg are currently facing.

“As a representative of the capital city and one of the many urban communities in Pennsylvania, Senator Teplitz is the right fit to lead the Democrats on the Senate Local Government Committee,” said Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny). “I appreciate his enthusiasm for taking on this task as a new senator and I look forward to working with him.”

Teplitz said that he would continue the efforts of the former Democratic chair, Sen. John Blake, and looks forward to working with his Republican counterpart, Sen. John Eichelberger.

He also expressed his enthusiasm for his other committee assignments, especially the Senate Education Committee, which he also lobbied strongly for.

“A great education system that is accessible to all will lead to high quality, family sustaining jobs for Pennsylvania families and a stronger Pennsylvania overall,” he said.  “That’s what I’ll be fighting for in the years ahead.”

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