HARRISBURG – Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington/Allegheny) this week announced he has been assigned to the Appropriations, Education, Environmental Resources and Energy, and Gaming Oversight committees for the 2019-20 legislative session.
“I’m pleased to have been reappointed to the Appropriations, Environmental Resources and Energy, and Gaming Oversight committees,” Ortitay said. “Legislation that passes through these standing committees plays a key role in my district, as Washington County is home to the Meadows Casino and Marcellus Shale drilling. I’m looking forward to joining the Education Committee, as my work as the speaker’s appointee to the School Safety and Security Committee last session has provided me with further insights on how to improve school safety.”
As many parts of the state budget originate in the House of Representatives, the Appropriations Committee is the primary committee of the House tasked with overseeing state government spending, state fiscal policies and developing a state budget each fiscal year.
The Education Committee works on state issues involving public and private schools, encompassing pre-K through grade 12 basic education, as well as post-secondary education.
The Environmental Resources and Energy Committee has legislative oversight of more than 45 different environmental and energy-related laws, while the Gaming Oversight Committee oversees legislation dealing with slot machines and table games, as well as the state’s bingo, small games of chance and amusement laws.
The Gaming Oversight Committee is also responsible for overseeing Pennsylvania's gaming industry, including the dealings of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The committee is required to carefully examine all future legislation regarding gaming and the state’s gambling industry before it reaches the full House of Representatives for consideration. The committee also reviews regulations to make certain they are consistent with legislative intent of Act 71 of 2004 and Act 135 of 2006.
The 46th Legislative District includes Collier and South Fayette townships and Bridgeville, Heidelberg, McDonald and Oakdale boroughs in Allegheny County. It also encompasses Canton, Cecil, Mt. Pleasant, Robinson and Smith townships, and Burgettstown, McDonald and Midway boroughs in Washington County.
Representative Jason Ortitay
46th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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