Burns reappointed to four House committees for 2019-20

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – On the heels of his re-election as Northwest Delegation chairman, state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, has been reappointed to four House committees for the 2019-20 legislative session of the General Assembly.

Burns will again serve on the Consumer Affairs, Liquor Control, Tourism and Recreational Development, and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness committees, as announced by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody.

“Combined with my continued leadership of the House Democrats’ Northwest Delegation, I’m looking forward to building on my body of work on these four important committees,” Burns said. “They vet and approve all legislation that falls under their respective jurisdictions, before it moves to the full House for a vote. So the work is very important.”

Burns offered the following encapsulation of his committees’ duties:

Consumer Affairs – Reviews bills pertaining to issues such as vehicle lemon laws, consumer privacy and contract language; and has jurisdiction over the Public Utility Commission, as well as many consumer issues.

Liquor Control – Reviews any bills which pertain to the sale or distribution of alcohol in Pennsylvania; and handles legislation dealing with the state’s Liquor Code and oversees the operations of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, as well as the control of liquor by slot machine operators under the Gaming Control Board.

Tourism and Recreational Development – Oversees legislation pertaining to the state’s large tourism industry; has jurisdiction over the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission; and operates subcommittees on Arts and Entertainment, Recreation and Travel Promotion.

Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness – Reviews bills affecting veteran-related and other military issues, as well as disaster preparedness and emergency response; and has oversight of the Department of Military Affairs and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, as well as the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services under the Department of Health.