Briggs to serve on prominent House committees

KING OF PRUSSIA, Jan. 27 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, today announced his appointment to five standing committees in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 2015-16 legislative session, including the House Appropriations Committee.

"I consider it an honor to serve on the Appropriations Committee again," Briggs said, who served on it first during his freshman term. "With the state facing a multibillion-dollar budgetary shortfall, there will be plenty of work ahead for the committee. And now that Governor Tom Wolf is in office, I am excited to start the process of getting Pennsylvania's budget back on track after years of drastic measures under the Corbett administration."                                                                                                                                  

The Appropriations Committee meets regularly while the House is in session to consider fiscal-related matters and conduct budget hearings each spring to review and evaluate the governor's budget proposal. In accordance with House rules, the committee also evaluates legislative proposals for fiscal implications prior to voting a bill out of committee.

The committee has jurisdiction over the state budget process, the offices of Auditor General and State Treasurer and the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority.

In addition to the Appropriations Committee, Briggs was appointed to serve as a member of the Environmental Resources and Energy, Judiciary, Professional Licensure, and Transportation committees. 

“These committees are all very influential in defining how major issues will be presented before the House,” Briggs said. “Legislation involving topics like Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling in our state to rebuilding our infrastructure and appropriately funding our schools will all be considered by these committees. I’m looking forward to utilizing the knowledge I’ve gained through experience -- along with increased seniority in the caucus -- to play a role in shaping these debates.”   

Briggs was sworn into office earlier this month. This is his fourth term representing the 149th Legislative District, which includes Upper Merion Township, West Conshohocken Borough, Bridgeport Borough and portions of Lower Merion and West Norriton townships.