Kortz sworn into office, receives committee appointments for 2017-18 session

HARRISBURG, Jan. 23 – State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, was recently sworn in for another term as state representative in the General Assembly for the 38th Legislative District.  


Committee appointments were announced during today's House session.


Kortz has been appointed to six important committees: Professional Licensure Committee; Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness; Transportation; Liquor Control; Commerce; and Gaming Oversight.


Kortz took the oath of office as part of a ceremony at the state Capitol earlier this month and committees held brief organizational meetings during today's session.


"A number of these committees have functions that are inter-related and can affect the Mon Valley," Kortz said. "For example, expanding video gaming and small games of chance can tie the work of Gaming, Liquor and Veterans Affairs together as regulations that could support our American Legions, VFWs, and volunteer fire departments that have liquor licenses are considered.


“I am also honored to accept a leadership role as vice chairman of the Professional Licensure Committee and will continue to work with minority Chairman Harry Readshaw and new incoming majority Chairman Mark Mustio as we tackle the many issues that deal with licensing,” Kortz said. “One of the bills I am directly involved with is the proposed licensing of home inspectors. This is long overdue. Too many citizens have been hurt by a few bad actors.


"I am also working once again with state Representative Karen Boback to reintroduce our civic education bill, which would require high school students to pass a basic civics exam as a graduation requirement. This bill will help get our youth and young adults engaged and more involved in our great country."


Kortz was also appointed as subcommittee chairman for Veterans and Military Affairs by minority Chairman Chris Sainato.


Committee review is an important step on passage of any bill. No legislation can be brought to the House for a vote without receiving consideration and being reported from a committee.


Kortz will maintain his district offices at 751 Pittsburgh-McKeesport Blvd. in Dravosburg and 5101 Old Clairton Road in Baldwin. He can also be found online at www.pahouse.com/kortz or www.Facebook.com/RepKortz