FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Rep. Tim Briggs
Briggs named vice chairman of House Democratic Policy Committee
HARRISBURG, Feb. 8 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, has been named a vice chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee for the 2011-12 legislative session by committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster.
As a vice chairman, Briggs will be influential in developing the caucus' policy agenda, in determining topics for public hearings and acting as a liaison to other caucus members on policy ideas. In addition, Briggs may be called on to chair committee hearings and meetings.
"I'm excited to get to work, and I'm happy to be a member of this crucial committee where I'll have the opportunity to help direct the agenda and priorities of the Democratic Caucus this session," Briggs said.
"Representative Briggs is a passionate and policy-minded leader, and brings many good ideas to the table," Sturla said. "I am pleased to enlist his leadership as a vice chairman of the Policy Committee for the current session."
Briggs said his main legislative priorities this session are to continue advocating for proper investment in public education, job creation, environmental stewardship and being a voice for Pennsylvania's children. He said he will continue to push for a severance tax on the extraction of natural gas found in the Marcellus Shale formation to ensure that gas companies seeking to profit from Pennsylvania's natural resources pay their fair share.
Each session, the House Democratic Policy Committee is tasked with holding public hearings and meetings across the state. It also serves as the catalyst to enacting major policy initiatives put forth by members of the House Democratic Caucus. The committee holds hearings around the Commonwealth to investigate the local impact of certain issues and collect valuable expert input. For more information, visit www.pahouse.com/PolicyCommittee.