Barbin reappointed to House Judiciary Committee, vows to keep fighting the opioid epidemic

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Bryan Barbin, D-Cambria/Somerset, will continue his work on the House Judiciary Committee after being reappointed Tuesday to the seat for the 2017-18 legislative session. 

“I am grateful to resume my role in a group tasked with overseeing legislation supportive of our judicial and criminal justice systems,” Barbin said. “It is our responsibility to advocate for Pennsylvanians by moving bills through that keep our communities safe and reject those that put our residents in harm’s way.”

The Judiciary Committee oversees the state police, Attorney General's Office, Department of Corrections, State Ethics Commission, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing and the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission, among others.

Just last year, Barbin was named Democratic chairman of the House Game and Fisheries Committee.

This all comes as he continues his efforts to fight back against the ongoing heroin epidemic. Barbin is pushing his bill (H.B. 1987) that would limit the use of the powerful painkiller fentanyl. The bill is designed to curb overdose deaths that are caused by heroin and fentanyl individually or in combination.