Harrisburg, January 25, 2011 – State Senate Democrats today unanimously elected Senator Lisa M. Boscola to chair the Senate Democratic Policy Committee.

“I am thrilled with this leadership post because it will provide me with the means to advance legislative issues that are important to people who live in my legislative district and throughout Pennsylvania.”

The Democratic Policy Committee researches issues and develops the Democratic Caucus’ legislative policy. Boscola replaces Sen. Richard A. Kasunic, who today was elected Democratic caucus chairman. Kasunic held the post since 1996.

Boscola said she will continue to advance bills that would cut taxes, curb utility rate hikes and make government more open and accountable.
Over the past 14 years, the committee has held numerous hearings throughout the state on issues ranging from prescription drug programs for seniors to economic development proposals.

Recent hearings have focused on hospital funding, children aging out of the foster care system and the impact of liquor laws in commercial districts.
Boscola said that many bills enacted into law over the years originated or partially used proposals gleaned from Policy Committee hearings and meetings.

“Even though this is a party leadership position, I will use my position on this committee to reach across the aisle and mold laws that benefit all Pennsylvanians,” Boscola said.

Boscola was first elected to public office as a state representative in 1994. She became a state senator in 1998.

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