State Rep. Erin Molchany has been appointed to four committees in the House of Representatives, and said she plans to focus on transportation funding, as well as other issues important to her constituents.
Molchany was appoint to the House Consumer Affairs, Education, Human Services and Urban Affairs committees for the 2013-14 legislative session, and will serve as Democratic secretary for the House Consumer Affairs Committee.
"I'm very pleased with my committee assignments,” Molchany said in a press release issued this week. "These assignments will allow me to apply my non-profit management experience and first-hand knowledge of the social sector to my legislative priorities and to legislation that could directly impact my district."
Molchany said these committee assignments will enhance her efforts to champion issues important to her district.
"I will fight, above all, for a comprehensive transportation plan that adequately addresses our aging infrastructure and public transit, to support and reinvest in our public schools to secure our children’s future and to prioritize expanding opportunities that enhance our quality of life," Molchany said. "I’m ready to work with colleagues to do well for the people we represent."
The Consumer Affairs Committee has jurisdiction over the Public Utilities Commission, as well as many consumer issues. The committee has reviewed bills pertaining to issues such as vehicle lemon laws, consumer privacy and contract language.
She will tackle issues including education funding, school choice and charter schools, and teacher standards on the Education Committee, and will focus on bills pertaining to social service issues in the state with the Human Services Committee.
The Urban Affairs Committee handles bills pertaining to cities and counties of the first, second and third class. Housing and public safety have been recent concerns for this committee.
Molchany represents the 22nd Legislative District in Allegheny County, which consists of parts of Pittsburgh, including Brookline, Beechview, Mt. Washington, Duquesne Heights, Overbrook, Manchester, Sheraden, Esplen, Baldwin Township, and the boroughs of Castle Shannon and Whitehall.