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Stefano named chairman of Senate Law & Justice Committee

January 8, 2019

Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati announced Monday that he has appointed state Sen. Pat Stefano, R-Bullskin Township, as chairman of the Senate Law & Justice Committee.

The committee oversees the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, Pennsylvania State Police and law enforcement issues, and marijuana legislation.

“I’m very excited to lead the Senate Law & Justice Committee,” Stefano said in a press release. “I am looking forward to conducting oversight on how recent changes to our liquor laws are serving Pennsylvania and how we can improve access, revenue and continue (to) promote the responsible consumption of alcohol in Pennsylvania. I believe that we must keep making steps to improve our retail system to maximize our revenue while putting consumer convenience and safety first.”

Stefano said he is also eager to work with state and local law enforcement agencies to ensure they have the tools necessary to protect Pennsylvania communities.

“Police coverage is a major struggle for many of our communities but one that I think the state can play a more helpful role,” he said.

Given Gov. Tom Wolf’s recent call to begin a discussion on legalizing recreational marijuana, Stefano said he intends to host a series of hearings on the subject to examine health issues, the move’s effect on illegal drug use and the state’s medical marijuana program, and other states’ experiences.

Stefano was elected to a second term in November. He represents the 32nd Senatorial District, which consists of Somerset and Fayette counties and part of Westmoreland County.

State Sen. Wayne Langerholc, R-Richland Township, was named chairman of the Communications & Technology Committee.

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