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Legislators receive committee assignments – McKeesport Daily News

State Rep. George Dunbar, R-Penn Township, hopes he can put his experience as a certified public accountant to good use on the House Appropriations Committee. The 56th District assemblyman is one of 22 Republicans joining 15 Democrats on the committee.……Continue reading »

Smith Committee Assignments Include Appropriations, Transportation

HARRISBURG, Jan. 23, 2015 – With a slate of new committee assignments, state Senator Matt Smith (D-Allegheny/Washington) is looking to take a larger role in discussions surrounding key issues in southwestern Pennsylvania. “I will work with my colleagues across the……Continue reading »

Smith to Hold Third Live Telephone Town Hall for Constituents

MT. LEBANON, Jan. 23, 2015 – – State Senator Matt Smith (D-Allegheny/Washington), will hold a third live telephone town hall for constituents on Tuesday, February 3 at 7 p.m. “Nearly 4,500 constituents participated in my telephone town hall calls last……Continue reading »

Local legislators optimistic about Wolf’s bipartisan promise – Observer-Reporter

Local legislators from both parties praised Tom Wolf’s inauguration speech urging them to work together, but they readily admit any true signs of bipartisanship will be evident only after the new Democratic governor introduces his first budget in March. “What……Continue reading »

Turnover expected at state Office of Open Records – Observer-Reporter

When Terry Mutchler was appointed to head the state’s groundbreaking Office of Open Records nearly seven years ago, the veteran journalist and lawyer found herself with only a cubicle and a copy of the rewritten “right-to-know” law. Since then, she……Continue reading »

Leetsdale residents fear bridge closure leaves them without escape route – Sewickley Herald

Lauren Jones said she fears a train crash or some other emergency situation could strand her and her Washington Street, Leetsdale, neighbors — and she wants borough and state leaders to take action. When the Leet Street Bridge closed to……Continue reading »

McKeesport’s Brewster named to key Senate leadership roles – McKeesport Daily News

All area state senators will serve in committee leadership roles in the 2015-16 session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Lineups for Senate committees were named Friday by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson County, and Senate Minority Leader Jay……Continue reading »

Smith to Serve as Democratic Chair of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee

HARRISBURG, Jan. 9, 2015 – State Senator Matt Smith (D-Allegheny/Washington) has been named the Democratic chair of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee. The committee considers legislation and issues relating to financial, investment and insurance institutions in Pennsylvania. “I am……Continue reading »

Check off this list after Christmas – The Morning Call

After you clean up the wrapping paper, assemble the toys and program your new electronics, there’s still work to be done before you can wrap up Christmas. No matter how hard Santa tried, chances are there’s a gift or two……Continue reading »

Could the Next State Budget Include a New Funding Formula for PA Schools? – WESA FM

For as long as property taxes have been used to locally funded schools, there has been a debate over fairness and it might come to head this year in Pennsylvania. State Senator Matt Smith (D – Allegheny) is hopeful the……Continue reading »