HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania House of Representatives Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) has announced that Rep. Dave Hickernell (R-Lancaster/Dauphin) has been named majority chairman of the House Education Committee.
Hickernell takes over the committee from Rep. Stan Saylor, a York County Republican who will now take the reins of the House Appropriations Committee. Hickernell said the two guiding principles of all matters coming before the panel will be working to ensure our children receive a first-rate education and using tax dollars in the most efficient and effective way possible.
“At $11.4 billion, basic education funding represents 36 percent of 2016-17 state budget, and is the single largest discretionary spending item in the state budget every year,” Hickernell said. “Issues coming before the Education Committee impact every Pennsylvanian so I will be looking for input from fellow committee members and others for suggestions on the issues we should address in the new session.”
“I look forward to working with the members of the House Education Committee on both sides of the aisle, the Chairmen of the Senate Education Committee and others interested in education to move important education legislation that will benefit students, parents, educators and the citizens of Pennsylvania,” Hickernell said.
Hickernell previously served as the chairman of the House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee in the 2015-16 session.
Representative Dave Hickernell
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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