Macken­zie as­signed to house com­mit­tees, lead­er­ship po­si­tions

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - OBITUARIES -

HAR­RIS­BURG >> With the start of the 2017-18 leg­isla­tive ses­sion, it was an­nounced that state Rep. Ryan Macken­zie (R-Le­high/Berks) was re-ap­pointed as deputy ma­jor­ity whip and deputy chair of the Ma­jor­ity Pol­icy Com­mit­tee. He will also serve as a mem­ber of four House stand­ing com­mit­tees: Com­merce, En­vi­ron­men­tal Re­sources & En­ergy, In­surance, and La­bor & In­dus­try.

“Even though we are start­ing a new ses­sion in the Gen­eral As­sem­bly, I will con­tinue to fo­cus on leg­is­la­tion re­lat­ing to what I see as the most im­por­tant is­sues fac­ing Penn­syl­va­ni­ans: cre­at­ing jobs, pro­tect­ing tax­pay­ers, strength­en­ing ed­u­ca­tion, and re­form­ing gov­ern­ment,” said Macken­zie. “I have hit the ground run­ning by pick­ing up right where we left off last ses­sion. In our first week back, I was able to work with my col­leagues to ad­vance im­por­tant leg­is­la­tion out of the Health Com­mit­tee that will im­prove the de­liv­ery of stroke care in Penn­syl­va­nia and I look for­ward to full House pas­sage in the com­ing weeks.”

As a deputy ma­jor­ity whip for the House Repub­li­can Cau­cus, Macken­zie will have a va­ri­ety of re­spon­si­bil­i­ties on and off the House floor, in­clud­ing fa­cil­i­tat­ing aware­ness of mem­ber po­si­tions on pend­ing bills and help­ing to ad­vo­cate on key leg­isla­tive is­sues. He will also keep the ma­jor­ity whip ad­vised of con­cerns that mem­bers may have and other mat­ters po­ten­tially im­pact­ing the leg­isla­tive agenda and the ma­jor­ity cau­cus as a whole. Ad­di­tion­ally, deputy whips re­ceive spe­cial brief­ings on leg­isla­tive is­sues, pro­vid­ing them with a greater breadth of knowl­edge.

The House Ma­jor­ity Pol­icy Com­mit­tee trav­els across the state, con­duct­ing hear­ings and round­table dis­cus­sions about im­por­tant is­sues to gather tes­ti­mony and in­for­ma­tion from key stake­hold­ers. Macken­zie will at­tend th­ese hear­ings and work with his col­leagues in the House Repub­li­can Cau­cus to de­velop poli­cies to ad­dress the is­sues that mat­ter most to Penn­syl­va­nia cit­i­zens.

With pre­vi­ous po­si­tions held at both the state and fed­eral de­part­ments of la­bor, Macken­zie is a nat­u­ral fit for the House La­bor & In­dus­try Com­mit­tee. His prior ex­pe­ri­ence has given him a strong in­sight into la­bor mar­ket dy­nam­ics, which is needed to help Penn­syl­va­nia at­tract and re­tain more jobs.

“Some of the leg­is­la­tion the La­bor & In­dus­try Com­mit­tee deals with in­cludes work­force devel­op­ment train­ing, un­em­ploy­ment com­pen­sa­tion, and work­ers’ com­pen­sa­tion,” said Macken­zie. “This is an area in which I have a wide breadth of knowl­edge, so I look for­ward to con­tribut­ing in a mean­ing­ful way in or­der to im­prove leg­is­la­tion com­ing be­fore the com­mit­tee.”

The Com­merce Com­mit­tee is re­spon­si­ble for orig­i­nat­ing leg­is­la­tion and over­see­ing im­ple­men­ta­tion of pro­grams which af­fect Penn­syl­va­nia com­pa­nies. The com­mit­tee has pri­mary ju­ris­dic­tion over cor­po­rate gover­nance through the busi­ness cor­po­ra­tion law, as well as reg­u­la­tion of of­fers of sale and credit through such statutes as the Goods and Ser­vices In­stall­ment Sales Act, the Un­fair Sales Act, and the Un­fair Trade Prac­tices and Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Act.

The En­vi­ron­men­tal Re­sources & En­ergy Com­mit­tee is re­spon­si­ble for leg­isla­tive over­sight of over 45 dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­men­tal and en­ergy-re­lated laws, those ad­min­is­tered by the De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion and the De­part­ment of Con­ser­va­tion and Nat­u­ral Re­sources.

The House In­surance Com­mit­tee helps over­see the In­surance De­part­ment and en­sure any leg­is­la­tion run­ning through the House that per­tains to in­surance mat­ters is stud­ied with ex­treme care. Dur­ing the up­com­ing ses­sion, the com­mit­tee will ex­am­ine leg­is­la­tion that will en­sure in­surance reg­u­la­tions are fairly en­forced while be­ing mind­ful of the con­sumer. The com­mit­tee will also look closely at any changes made by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment with re­spect to health in­surance, and the im­pact of those po­ten­tial changes on the state.

Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Al­legheny) also re­cently ap­pointed Macken­zie to the Ag­gre­gate Ad­vi­sory Board un­der the De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion (DEP). This board was cre­ated to as­sist the sec­re­tary of the DEP in mak­ing de­ci­sions re­gard­ing sur­face min­ing and the Non­coal Sur­face Min­ing Con­ser­va­tion and Recla­ma­tion Act. This in­cludes, but is not lim­ited to, ex­per­i­men­tal prac­tices, al­ter­nate meth­ods of back­fill­ing, obli­ga­tions for pre-ex­ist­ing pol­lu­tion li­a­bil­ity, al­ter­ation of recla­ma­tion plans, recla­ma­tion fees and bond­ing rates and meth­ods. Macken­zie con­tin­ues to serve on the Penn­syl­va­nia Work­force Devel­op­ment Board, which he was ap­pointed to last ses­sion.

More in­for­ma­tion about Macken­zie and his leg­isla­tive pri­or­i­ties is avail­able at RepMacken­ and Face­­zie.

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