– Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) has been named to four standing committees within the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 2019-20 Legislative Session. They are the Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Game and Fisheries, Health and Commerce committees.
“I am thrilled at the assignments I have been given and can’t wait to get to work on reviewing and shaping the legislation that comes through these committees,” said Owlett.
Within the legislative process, the committees are where all bills are first sent and reviewed. During the committee process, amendments can be offered, discussion on the bills takes place and sometimes public or informational hearings are held to gather more information on a legislative issue before a vote is taken on whether or not to advance a bill for a vote before the full House.
“I am most excited to have the opportunity to serve on the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and the Game and Fisheries Committee. The issues that fall under each of these committees are extremely important to the people of the 68th District,” said Owlett. “Having grown up on a dairy farm, I am naturally attuned to the many struggles of today’s farmers, especially our dairy farmers. And as a hunter, I am interested in how we best manage our state’s animal populations while continuing to attract more folks to the wonderful sports of hunting and fishing.”
Specifically, the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee deals with an array of legislation directly affecting the state’s farmers and farming operations. It also handles issues impacting the timber industry, horse and harness racing regulation, food safety and restaurant inspections, Dog Law enforcement and kennel licensure, the use of pesticides, and the administration of state-funded programs to promote agriculture in Pennsylvania.
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.
“Serving on the Health Committee will give me the opportunity to be on the ground floor of legislative proposals impacting health care across the Commonwealth,” said Owlett. “Among my top priorities will be addressing the addiction crisis facing our state and ensuring that rural regions, like the Northern Tier, have access to top-notch health care services, physicians and facilities.”
The Health Committee focuses on issues such as abortion, disease management, stem cell research, health savings accounts, hospital-acquired infections, Medical Assistance, patient safety, pharmaceutical issues, telemedicine and much more.
“The Commerce Committee ties in to my dedication to enhance the business climate in Pennsylvania and attract more employers to our state,” said Owlett. “This is yet another new committee to me and I look forward to the challenges it will provide.”
The Commerce Committee is responsible for originating legislation and overseeing implementation of programs which affect Pennsylvania companies. The committee has primary jurisdiction over corporate governance through the business corporation law, as well as regulation of offers of sale and credit through such statutes as the Goods and Services Installment Sales Act, the Unfair Sales Act, and the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Act.
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Representative Clint Owlett
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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