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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: December 11, 2012 03:34 PM
From: Representative Kevin Haggerty
To: All House members
Subject: Co-sponsor: legislation to shorten the terms of PGC's Board of Commissioners
In the near future I plan to introduce legislation that measure shortens the length of the term of commissioners on the PA Game Commission’s Board of Commissioners from 8 years to 4 years. This legislation was previously introduced by former Representative Dan Surra in 2007-08 session.

An individual is limited to two terms of service on the Board, with a nomination and confirmation by the Senate before each. Additionally, an individual could continue to serve on the board for up to an additional year while a successor is found.

Presently, commissioners serve a term of 8 years. They are nominated by the governor and approved by a majority vote of the Senate. After serving one term, an individual is eligible for nomination to the Board for another term, after an 8 year absence.

By shortening the length of the term of a commissioner and by bringing prospective members before the Senate more often, this legislation seeks to accomplish several goals:

• To keep commissioners more responsive and representative of the contemporary outdoor community.

• By reducing the years of service, the point-of-view of future sitting commissioners will be closer aligned to that of the Governor who appoints them and the Senate that confirms them.

• By cutting in half the number of years that a commissioner must volunteer as an appointed board member, serving with no pay, more men and women will become interested in the challenging, time consuming position.

If you have any questions on this legislation, please email Steph in my office at shardman@pahouse.net .

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Introduced as HB155