Harrisburg, November 12, 2014 – State Senate Democrats today unanimously re-elected Senator Lisa M. Boscola to chair the Senate Democratic Policy Committee.

“I am honored that my Senate colleagues have again selected me to lead this important committee that shapes our caucus agenda and advance legislative issues that are important to people in the Lehigh Valley and throughout Pennsylvania,” Boscola said.

The Democratic Policy Committee researches issues, conducts hearings and develops the Democratic Caucus’ legislative policy. Boscola was first elected to the leadership position in January, 2011.

The Northampton County she will continue to fight for bills that would create jobs and expand job training opportunities, generate economic development, and curb utility rate hikes.

Under Boscola, the committee has been more active than ever before in its history. The committee held 41 hearings and meetings throughout the state on issues ranging from job training and economic development to education to gang and drug violence under Boscola’s leadership.

Some recent Policy Committee hearings have focused on hospital funding, human services budget cuts, aligning community college curriculums with available jobs, military veterans, the economic plight of small cities, food safety, school voucher legislation, state crime lab funding, economic development initiatives, the minimum wage, college affordability, gas drilling, voting reforms and liquor law modernization.

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 continue to work with my Republican colleagues to find consensus on legislative proposals 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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