Jan. 21, 2015

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Paul Schemel (R-Franklin) today announced that he has been appointed to serve on the House Aging and Older Adult Services, Commerce, Gaming Oversight and Health committees during the 2015-16 legislative session. Schemel is serving his first term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

“I am pleased that I have been assigned to committees that will put my experience as an attorney to good use,” said Schemel. “Committee work is one of my major responsibilities as a lawmaker and I am looking forward to crafting legislation that will benefit the people of the 90th District and attempt to halt legislation that can have harmful consequences.”

The Aging and Older Adult Services Committee considers legislation and issues affecting Pennsylvania’s elderly population, including programs and services supported by the state lottery; long-term care, adult day care, elder abuse and the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.

The Commerce Committee is responsible for originating legislation and overseeing implementation of programs which affect Pennsylvania companies. The committee has primary jurisdiction over legislation dealing with corporate governance; regulation of offers of sale and credit; regulation of various institutions chartered under state law; and economic development through state economic and technical assistance programs.

The Gaming Oversight Committee was created to oversee the implementation of slot machines and table games in Pennsylvania, as well as the state’s bingo, small games of chance and amusement laws. The committee also has oversight of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and gaming issues within the Department of Revenue, the Office of Attorney General and the Pennsylvania State Police. Although Franklin County does not have any casinos, many veterans and civic organizations depend upon the modest revenues generated by small games of chance.

The Health Committee works on health-related issues and legislation, ranging from autism and nursing home licensing to mental retardation and organ donation.

For more information on Schemel and his legislative priorities, visit RepSchemel.com or Facebook.com/RepSchemel.

Representative Paul Schemel
90th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Andy Briggs