HARRISBURG – Senator Scott Martin (R-13) was appointed today to serve as Chairman of the Senate Local Government Committee for the 2019-20 Legislative Session.
The committee is responsible for reviewing legislation that affects Pennsylvania’s more than 2,500 county and municipal government entities. In recent years, the committee has considered bills to ease the municipal pension crisis and reduce or eliminate redundant local government services, mandates and elected offices.
Martin was selected to lead the committee based on his experience as a former Lancaster County Commissioner and Chairman of the Republican Caucus of County Commissioners, as well as his experience on the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania Board of Directors and Governor Corbett’s Local Government Advisory Committee.
“In my time as a Lancaster County Commissioner, I learned first-hand the challenges to local governments in tackling some of the most significant issues that impact communities,” Martin said. “It is critical for the Commonwealth to work together with our local governments to deliver the reforms necessary to strengthen our communities and work towards the most effective ways to deliver local services, at the most efficient costs to taxpayers. I look forward to working with all stakeholders to help meet these goals.”
Martin was previously appointed Vice Chair of the Senate Local Government Committee during the 2017-18 Legislative Session and served as Acting Chair of the committee following the resignation of Senator Scott Wagner in May of 2018. The committee explored several important issues under Martin’s leadership, including streamlining local property tax collection and advertising requirements for municipal personal property.
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