HARRISBURG – Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin/Lebanon) today was officially appointed majority chairman of the House Urban Affairs Committee for the 2019-20 session by Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny).
“I am pleased to receive this appointment to lead the committee that addresses issues impacting Pennsylvania’s urban areas, including blight, affordable housing, code enforcement, redevelopment and growth management,” said Helm. “I look forward to working with other committee members to develop legislation that helps our municipalities create and maintain safe and vibrant communities.”
The committee has been instrumental in the enactment of laws that give local governments choices and tools to deal with blighted properties. Cities, boroughs and townships now have ways to ensure that responsible resident taxpayers do not lose value in their properties because of blight in the vicinity.
“I have been a member of this committee for 10 years. That experience, coupled with my real estate background, has prepared me well for the work that lies ahead,” Helm added.
Committees are where legislative proposals get their initial review by lawmakers. Every bill that is introduced is referred to at least one committee and must be approved by the members of that committee before it can go to the full House.
“The men and women who chair the House committees are getting the work done to prepare legislation for the full House to consider,” Turzai said. “Through public hearings and meetings, committee chairs lead the way by vetting proposed solutions to the serious issues and challenges facing Pennsylvania.”
Earlier this week, Helm was sworn into office for a sixth term, representing the 104th Legislative District. This is her first appointment to a committee chairmanship.
Representative Sue Helm
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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