Caltagirone appointed Democratic chairman of Consumer Affairs Committee

HARRISBURG, Jan. 5 – State Rep. Tom Caltagirone, D-Berks, was appointed today as the Democratic chairman of the Consumer Affairs Committee for the 2017-2018 legislative session.

“It’s imperative that we work to ensure that Pennsylvania’s consumers are protected, educated and empowered when it comes to dealing with utilities and other consumer issues,” Caltagirone said. “I look forward to working across the aisle with my counterpart, Representative Bob Godshall, along with the Senate and Governor Tom Wolf to do everything we can in the best interest of vulnerable Pennsylvanians.”

The 2017-2018 session will be Caltagirone’s first as the chairman of the Consumer Affairs Committee, though he has previously served as Democratic chairman of the Urban Affairs and the Judiciary committees.

Caltagirone has previously worked to protect consumers during his time in the House. In the 2015-2016 session, he introduced House Resolution 943, which would have urged the governor and attorney general to initiate a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies found responsible for causing the opioid epidemic.

Prior to that, Caltagirone also stood up for consumers adversely impacted financially by unreasonably long power outages and interruptions. Following several severe weather disasters in 2011, Caltagirone introduced legislation that would require electric companies found to have cut funding for their repair departments while at the same time increasing executive pay and compensation packages to compensate customers for unreasonably long power outages.

The Consumer Affairs panel oversees a number of Pennsylvania industries and entities, including gas, electric and water utilities; the telecommunications and cable industries; and the Public Utility Commission.