Snyder sworn in for fourth term in state House

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today was sworn into office for her fourth two-year term representing the 50th Legislative District.

“It’s the beginning of a new year and also the beginning of a new session. I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to best represent my district and my constituents’ needs,” Snyder said. “There is a lot of work to be done, but I’m confident my fellow legislators and I – from both sides of the aisle – will work in unison to advance the interests of all residents across the commonwealth.”

Snyder is already fast at work, noting she plans to continue her hardline approach of bringing her constituents and other underserved and unserved rural communities access to high-speed broadband internet service. During the 2017-18 legislative session, Snyder and then-state representative and current state Sen.-elect Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York, formed the Broadband Caucus. Snyder said they plan to make this a bicameral caucus, spearheaded in the Senate by Phillips-Hill and Snyder at the helm in the House.

She already has circulated 10 pieces of legislation to House members for co-sponsorship. The bills include allowing farmers’ markets and roadside farm stands the opportunity to post signs along state roadways that advertise the sale of fresh produce; establishing early voting in Pennsylvania; implementing real estate tax deductions for disabled veterans; promoting mine subsidence insurance for at-risk homebuyers; and solidifying measures to protect corrections officers at State Correctional Institutions.

The bill package angled toward corrections officers’ safety comes on the heels of a rather violent year at state prisons, which include more than 460 staff assaults and the murder of Sgt. Mark Baserman in February 2018 at SCI-Somerset.

“It’s been a tough year for first responders and corrections officers alike, and I think it’s of the utmost importance for legislators here at the Capitol to act in favor of those who put their lives on the line each day,” Snyder said. “The upcoming bill package I plan to help introduce was crafted with corrections officers’ safety and well-being in mind.”

Snyder, whose district encompasses all of Greene County and parts of Fayette and Washington counties, said her committee assignments have yet to be announced.

Her legislative website, www.pahouse.com/Snyder, features legislative and local information, including contact information for her three district offices and Harrisburg office. The website also enables constituents to sign up for email updates on state government and regional issues.

Constituents also may follow Snyder via her legislative Facebook page, www.facebook.com/RepSnyder, and legislative Twitter account, twitter.com/RepSnyder. The phone number for Snyder’s main district office in Carmichaels is 724-966-8953.

Known as First Tuesday, today’s ceremonies at the state Capitol kicked off the 203rd legislative session of the state House.