Merski appointed to House Urban Affairs’ Subcommittee on Cities

ERIE, April 11 – State Rep. Bob Merski, D-Erie, announced today that he has been appointed to serve on the House Urban Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Cities - Third Class for the 2019-20 legislative session.

The Urban Affairs Committee reviews bills pertaining to cities and counties of the first, second and third class.

“I’m extremely excited to serve on this subcommittee, which will give me a front-line role in reviewing legislation that directly impacts residents’ lives, from housing safety to tenants’ rights to capital improvements that combat blight,” Merski said. “The subcommittee weighs in on bills that address ways to make neighborhoods safer, broaden residents’ access to housing, and attract investments that restore the physical and economic landscape of communities. Making life safer and more prosperous for residents of smaller cities, such as Erie, is what this work is all about, and I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves.”

Merski added that he intends to draw on his seven years’ experience on the Erie City Council, which required extensive familiarity with the state’s Third Class City Code.

“Through my work on the city council, I became well-versed in the code and the specific issues that confront Third Class cities,” Merksi said. “I appreciate that the chairman recognized this experience and the ways in which it will enhance our subcommittee work.”

Cities in Pennsylvania are classified according to their population: First Class cities have 1 million or more residents, Second Class cities have 250,000 to 999,999 and Second Class A cities have 80,000 to 249,000. Third Class cities are those with a population of under 250,000 that have not elected to become Second Class A cities.

In addition to the House Urban Affairs Committee, Merski serves on the House Game and Fisheries, Gaming Oversight and Local Government committees, and as treasurer of the Democratic Caucus’ Northwest Delegation.