State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, said her two decades of municipal government experience and her private sector work for a university biomedical research service center will be put to good use as she embarks on her 2013-14 legislative session committee assignments.
Daley, who spent 20 years on Narberth Borough Council, was appointed to the Local Government Committee, where she will serve as Democratic chairman of its subcommittee on townships.
“The Local Government Committee reviews legislation which affects counties, cities, boroughs and townships,” Daley said. “Its scope also includes statewide zoning regulations, municipal pensions and other rules pertaining to local government. And it has oversight of the huge Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System.”
Daley was also appointed by Democratic Leader Frank Dermody to serve on the House Health Committee, where she will hold the position of Democratic secretary.
“The Health Committee reviews bills pertaining to health issues in Pennsylvania,” Daley said. “The committee has oversight of the Office of Health Planning and Assessment, and the Office of Quality Assurance under the Department of Health -- and the Office of Income Maintenance and the Office of Medical Assistance in the Department of Welfare.”
Daley said that her third assignment is to the Finance Committee, which reviews bills dealing with financial issues for the state. Tax collection rates and policies are regularly reviewed, as well as banking policies, said Daley.
“This committee is also responsible for the Department of Revenue, the State Tax Equalization Board, Commonwealth Financing Authority, Board of Finance and Revenue, and the Board of Claims,” Daley said.
Daley’s fourth assignment is the State Government Committee, which reviews legislation on issues ranging from voting and elections to campaign finance reform, the Right-to-Know Law, the Sunshine Act and the Procurement Code. It oversees the departments of State and General Services, and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission -- as well as the Governor’s Office, State Athletic Commission, Independent Regulatory Review Commission, Joint Committee on Documents, Public Employee Retirement Commission and State Employees’ Retirement Commission.
As a freshman legislator, Daley said she is pleased that her committee assignments mesh with her areas of experience, interest and expertise, and noted she looks forward to putting her background to full use to benefit the people of the 148th District and all across Pennsylvania.
“We need to develop sound public policy that works for everyone, not just a few segments of society,” Daley said. “I look forward to starting my committee work, so I can be an effective voice for my constituents in all of the areas covered by these four important and wide-ranging committees.”