Kinsey serving on seven committees in new session; appointed Democratic chairman of two subcommittees

HARRISBURG, Jan. 25 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., has been appointed to seven committees for the new legislative session.

Kinsey will serve on the Appropriations Committee, which oversees the state budget; the Finance Committee, which handles tax legislation; the Health, Human Services and Transportation committees; the Ethics Committee, which receives complaints about alleged violations of House rules; and the Rules Committee, which some consider to be the most powerful House committee since it is in charge of facilitating the flow of legislation in the House.

Kinsey will serve as the Democratic chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education and the Democratic chairman of the Human Services Subcommittee on Drug and Alcohol.

In addition to serving on seven committees, Kinsey is also a member of the West Chester University Council of Trustees and the board of the Pennsylvania Business Minority Development Authority.

"I embrace the opportunity to advocate for my constituents and the people of Pennsylvania on so many important issues," Kinsey said.

"We have quite a few old issues that have not been resolved under the Republican leadership in the House and Senate, such as pensions and sustainable funding for our schools, as well as funding for our social services programs. With the change that has happened in Washington, D.C., I have grave concern about whether federal dollars will continue to come to our state to support such important programs.

"However, I look forward to working with my colleagues and finding ways to ensure that we are providing the necessary funding to support the needs of our citizens here in the commonwealth."

Kinsey also invited 201st District residents to post their priorities for the upcoming budget hearings on his legislative Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RepKinsey or to tweet him at www.twitter.com/RepKinsey.

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