State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, announced today that he has been reappointed to serve on four key House committees for the 2019-20 legislative session: Judiciary, Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness, Consumer Affairs, and Insurance.
“It’s a terrific honor to continue serving on these committees because it gives me a chance to help shape legislation from the ground up on issues that directly affect people’s lives,” said Bizzarro, who will also be serving as House chief deputy whip and as vice chairman of the Northwest Delegation.
“I’m especially excited to continue on the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. Serving those who have dedicated their lives to protecting our country is an issue that’s near and dear to my heart. I’ll be working enthusiastically on a number of bills in committee, including legislation expanding veterans’ courts, which provide a second chance to veterans struggling with substance abuse issues who have been charged with non-violent crimes.
“In addition to serving veterans, the committee is charged with overseeing legislation that helps prepare the commonwealth to deal with emerging problems. To that end, I’ll be working on legislation that addresses a growing crisis involving our stretched emergency room resources by introducing community paramedicine – a system already proven successful in some parts of the state – to preserve key emergency room resources for those who need them.”
Bizzarro noted that his reappointment to the Insurance Committee will ensure that Erie continues to have an important voice in the region.
“The insurance industry is extremely important to Erie and everyone across the commonwealth,” Bizzarro said. “With Erie Insurance being the county’s largest employer, it is critical for northwest Pennsylvania to have a seat at the table when it comes to insurance policy to help our region’s businesses thrive and preserve and expand good-paying, stable jobs for the region. Also, with the questions arising regarding the Highmark/UPMC transition this summer, I will be working tirelessly with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to forge solutions and help preserve quality, affordable health care for all.
“I’m extremely excited about all of my committee assignments, which will also involve shaping legislation to combat consumer fraud and ensure that our criminal justice system best serves the interests of our citizens. Knowing the importance of our work to the people we’re serving – our consumers, our veterans, our seniors – I consider these assignments an incredible honor. I’m looking forward to building on prior years’ successes in the year ahead.”
Bizzarro has served on the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee since 2013 and on the House Judiciary, Insurance, and Consumer Affairs committees since 2015.