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Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: February 6, 2013 03:51 PM
From: Representative Doyle Heffley
To: All House members
Subject: Fish & Boat term limits
I plan to introduce legislation amending the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Code to reduce the length of each term of service for members of the agency's Board of Commissioners, while allowing for multiple terms of continued service. The legislation will provide for new terms of four years in length with the opportunity for additional terms through reappointment by the Governor and approval of the Senate.

Currently under statute, a fish and boat commissioner's term of service is eight years following appointment by the Governor and approval of the Senate. A member who fills a vacancy of less than four years in eligible for reappointment. A member who serves a full eight year term, or fills a vacancy for more than four years, is not eligible for reappointment for a period of eight years. My legislation removes those specific limitations on service, allowing for multiple four-year terms of continuous service. Vacancies may still be filled for partial terms.

I believe this legislation will allow for added oversight of the agency through greater control of commissioner's terms by the Executive and Legislative branches via appointment and confirmation.

Introduced as HB798