HARRISBURG – Rep. Justin Walsh (R-Westmoreland) this week was reappointed to the Game and Fisheries Committee and was added to the Gaming Oversight, Judiciary, and Labor and Industry committees for the 2019-20 legislative session. He also was appointed a deputy policy chairman of the House Majority Policy Committee.
“I’m eager to begin work on all of these committees,” Walsh said. “With my legal degree and work as an attorney, I’m pleased to be added to the Judiciary Committee. Through my more than 20 years of general practice experience, I have seen legal issues from all sides. I believe this will allow me to better weigh legislation that comes through this committee. In addition, I am looking forward to learning more about ways to improve gaming and make Pennsylvania more business friendly through my other two new assignments.”
The House Game and Fisheries Committee receives and reviews annual performance and status reports from the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. It also approves the setting of license fees that support each commission and addresses all legislation affecting them.
The Gaming Oversight Committee is responsible for overseeing Pennsylvania's gaming industry, including the dealings of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The committee is required to carefully examine all future legislation regarding gaming and the state’s gambling industry before it reaches the full House of Representatives for consideration. The committee also reviews regulations to make certain they are consistent with legislative intent of Act 71 of 2004 and Act 135 of 2006.
The House Judiciary Committee focuses on issues and legislation relating to the Judicial Code, the Crimes Code and the Domestic Relations Code. Some of the topics overseen by the committee include identity theft, firearms laws, domestic violence, child abuse laws, state prisons and criminal law.
The Labor and Industry Committee focuses on issues impacting jobs across the state. Legislation the committee deals with includes unemployment compensation, job training, child labor laws, workers’ compensation and the Prevailing Wage Act.
The House Majority Policy Committee conducts hearings and roundtable discussions about important statewide and regional issues that matter most to Pennsylvania citizens; gathers testimony and information from key stakeholders; and works within the House Republican Caucus to develop policies to address those issues. The Policy Committee also works in tandem with the speaker and majority leader to examine and refine critical pieces of legislation in advance of floor consideration.
The 58th Legislative District in Westmoreland County includes Jeannette and Monessen cities, as well as East Huntingdon (part), Hempfield (part), Rostraver, Sewickley and South Huntingdon townships. Also, the district encompasses the boroughs of Adamsburg, Arona, Madison, Mount Pleasant, North Belle Vernon, Penn, Smithton, Sutersville and West Newton.
Representative Justin Walsh
58th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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