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DiGirolamo to Chair New House Committee
1/5/2011

Lawmaker to bring expertise in drug, alcohol issues to Human Services Committee

 

Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) has been named by Speaker of the House Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Indiana/Armstrong) to be the new chairman of the House Human Services Committee for the 2011-12 legislative session, a position where he can effectively continue his advocacy of issues relating to drug and alcohol treatment and prevention, as well as mental health, and to help Pennsylvanians in need.

 

The committee was formerly part of the House Health and Human Services Committee. Due to the overwhelming number of bills and resolutions assigned to the committee in recent years, House leadership decided to restructure and split the committee for greater efficiency.

 

“Human services are near to my heart and I am pleased that I have been selected to lead this new committee,” said DiGirolamo, who has spearheaded drug and alcohol and mental health treatment issues throughout his tenure in the state House. “As a member of the House Health and Human Services Committee for several years, I am already well versed in the human service aspects of state government and have voted on numerous changes and improvements to the way state and county governments deliver human services. I am excited to take on this new role.”

 

The committee will have oversight of issues within the Department of Public Welfare and the new Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, the latter of which was created earlier this year through legislation DiGirolamo sponsored.

 

The department was established to elevate the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs from the Department of Health and all of its statutory functions to a cabinet-level department. Experts believe that, with a better focus on drug and alcohol treatment, the department has the potential to reduce crime, bring healing to families struggling to get help for addicted love ones and ultimately save taxpayer money.

 

“This assignment is one that comes with many new challenges, including ensuring that every dollar sent to the Department of Public Welfare is used to its maximum benefit and to get the new Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs off the ground,” DiGirolamo said.

 

The new committee replaces the House Intergovernmental Affairs Committee.

 

This session marks the first time that DiGirolamo has served as majority committee chairman.

 

Rep. Gene DiGirolamo
18th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(215) 750-1017
(717) 783-7319

Contact:  Jennifer Algoe Keaton

jkeaton@pahousegop.com

(717) 705-2094

Member site:  GeneDigirolamo.com

Caucus site:  PAHouseGOP.com
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