Cephas receives committee appointments for 2017-18 legislative session

HARRISBURG, Jan. 24 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., announced that she has been appointed to serve on several key House standing committees that will help move the needle in her district for the 2017-18 legislative session.

The freshman legislator was selected to sit on the Labor and Industry; Liquor Control; Gaming Oversight; Aging and Older Adult Services; and the Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees.

“Given the shifts we are experiencing as a commonwealth and a nation, as a new legislator, I look forward to participating in meaningful dialogue within these committees on issues that have a direct impact to my district and all people of Pennsylvania,” Cephas said.

Cephas added that while all of these committees are crucial to the overall demographic trends of the commonwealth, the Labor and Industry, Liquor and Aging committees specifically coincide with a significant portion of her agenda that she has laid out for her first term.

“There are many people living paycheck to paycheck at minimum wage jobs. Pennsylvania’s neighboring states have helped their working poor by raising the wage and we are long overdue to join them,” Cephas said. “The commonwealth must also make sure workers have adequate workplace protection rules in place to ensure the safety of the employee and their client. 

“Philadelphia is home to several bars, restaurants and corner stores that serve alcohol. With the General Assembly loosening some laws regarding liquor sales, these businesses have opportunities to become more profitable and prosper. However, despite this potential good commerce, we must keep a watchful eye on nuisance establishments that take advantage of loopholes and have a negative impact on the surrounding neighborhoods.

“As we deal with these issues, we also must keep our seniors a top priority,” Cephas said. “They worked hard all their lives to provide for their families and there is no reason why they should face financial hardship or fear for their safety in the communities where they live. We must protect our seniors during their ‘fourth quarter’ by making certain they have access to the resources and services that the state offers so they can maintain a better quality of life.”

Cephas said residents can stay up to date with her work on her committees by signing up for her periodic e-mail updates through her website, www.pahouse.com/Cephas