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Session Schedule

January 20– Governor’s Inauguration Day.

January 20– General Assembly Voting Session Resumes

March 3 — Governor’s Budget Address (tentative).

Here is the latest voting session schedule for the Senate and House–


January 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28

February 2, 3, 4, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25

March 2, 3, 4

April 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22

May 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13

June 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30


January 14 (non-voting), 20, 21, 26, 27, 28

February 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 23, 24, 25

March 2, 3, 4, 30, 31

April 1, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22

May 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13

June 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

(Source:  Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest)


House announces new committee chairs

Aging and Older Adult Services

Republican: Rep. Tim Hennessey (Chester)

Democrat: Rep. Steve Samuelson (Lehigh)

Agriculture and Rural Affairs

Republican: Rep. Martin Causer (Cameron) – NEW

Democrat: Rep. John P. Sabatina (Philadelphia) – NEW


Republican: Rep. Bill Adolph (Delaware)

Democrat: Rep. Joe Markosek (Allegheny)

Children and Youth

Republican: Rep. Kathy Watson (Bucks)

Democrat: Rep. Louise Bishop (Philadelphia)


Republican: Rep. Adam Harris (Franklin) – NEW

Democrat: Rep. W. Curtis Thomas (Philadelphia)

Consumer Affairs

Republican: Rep. Robert Godshall (Montgomery)

Democrat: Rep. Peter J. Daley (Washington)


Republican: Rep. Stan Saylor (York) – NEW

Democrat: Rep. James Roebuck (Philadelphia)

Environmental Resources and Energy

Republican: Rep. John Maher (Allegheny) – NEW

Democrat: Rep. Greg Vitali (Delaware)


Republican: Rep. Bernie O’Neill (Bucks) – NEW

Democrat: Rep. Jake Wheatley (Allegheny) – NEW

Game and Fisheries

Republican: Rep. Keith Gillespie (York) – NEW

Democrat: Rep. Ted Harhai (Westmoreland) –  NEW

Gaming Oversight

Republican: Rep. John Payne (Dauphin) – NEW

Democrat: Rep. Nick Kotik (Allegheny) – NEW


Republican: Rep. Matt Baker (Bradford)

Democrat: Rep. Florindo (Flo) Fabrizio (Erie)

Human Services

Republican: Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (Bucks)

Democrat: Rep. Angel Cruz (Philadelphia)


Republican: Rep. Tina Pickett (Bradford)

Democrat: Rep. Tony DeLuca (Allegheny)


Republican: Rep. Ron Marsico (Dauphin)

Democrat: Rep. Joseph A. Petrarca (Westmoreland) – NEW

Labor and Industry

Republican: Rep. Mauree Gingrich (Lebanon) – NEW

Democrat: Rep. Marc J. Gergely (Allegheny) – NEW

Liquor Control

Republican: Rep. Chris Ross (Chester) – NEW

Democrat: Rep. Paul Costa (Allegheny)

Local Government

Republican: Rep. Kate Harper (Montgomery)

Democrat: Rep. Bob Freeman (Northampton)

Professional Licensure

Republican: Rep. Julie Harhart (Lehigh)

Democrat: Rep. Harry Readshaw (Allegheny)

State Government

Republican: Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (Butler)

Democrat: Rep. Mark Cohen (Philadelphia)

Tourism and Recreational Development

Republican: Rep. Dave Hickernell (Lancaster) – NEW

Democrat: Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland (Delaware)


Republican: Rep. John Taylor (Philadelphia)

Democrat: Rep. William F. Keller (Philadelphia) – NEW

Urban Affairs

Republican: Rep. Scott Petri (Bucks) – NEW

Democrat: Rep. Thomas R. Caltagirone (Berks) – NEW

Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness

Republican: Rep. Stephen E. Barrar (Delaware)

Democrat: Rep. Christopher Sainato (Lawrence)

(Source:  Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest)

Senate announces new committee chairs

Aging & Youth

Republican: Sen. Michele Brooks (R-Crawford) – NEW

Democrat: Sen.  Arthur Haywood (D-Montgomery) – NEW

Agriculture & Rural Affairs

Republican: Sen. Elder Vogel (R-Beaver)

Democrat: Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks)


Republican: Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) – NEW

Democrat: Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia)

Banking & Insurance

Republican: Sen. Don White (R-Indiana)

Democrat: Sen. Matt Smith (D-Allegheny) – NEW

Communications & Technology

Republican: Sen. Scott Hutchinson (R-Venango)

Democrat: Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia)

Community, Economic & Recreational Development

Republican: Sen. Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland)

Democrat: Sen. Sean Wiley (D-Erie) – NEW

Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure

Republican: Sen. Robert Tomlinson (R-Bucks)

Democrat: Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh)


Republican: Sen. Lloyd Smucker (R-Lancaster) – NEW

Democrat: Sen. Andrew Dinniman (D-Chester)

Environmental Resources & Energy

Republican: Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming)

Democrat: Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne)


Republican: Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair) – NEW

Democrat: Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna)

Game & Fisheries

Republican: Sen. Mario Scavello (R-Monroe) – NEW

Democrat: Sen. James Brewster (D-Allegheny) – NEW

Intergovernmental Operations

Republican: Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster) – NEW

Democrat: Sen. Sean Wiley (D-Erie) – NEW


Republican: Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery)

Democrat: Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery)

Labor & Industry

Republican: Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne) – NEW

Democrat: Sen. Christine Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia)

Law & Justice

Republican: Sen. Charles McIlhinney (R-Bucks)

Democrat: Sen. James Brewster (D-Allegheny) – NEW

Local Government

Republican: Sen. Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware) – NEW

Democrat: Sen. Rob Teplitz (D-Dauphin)

Public Health & Welfare

Republican: Sen. Patricia Vance (R-Cumberland)

Democrat: Sen. Shirley Kitchen (D-Philadelphia)

Rules & Executive Nominations

Republican: Sen. Jake Corman (R-Centre) – NEW

Democrat: Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny)

State Government

Republican: Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) – NEW

Democrat: Sen. Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia) – NEW


Republican: Sen. John Rafferty (R-Montgomery)

Democrat: Sen. John Wozniak (D-Cambria)

Urban Affairs & Housing

Republican: Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York) – NEW

Democrat: Sen. Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny) – NEW

Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness

Republican: Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny) – NEW

Democrat: Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) – NEW

(Source:  Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest)

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