– Rep. Russ Diamond (R-Lebanon) today announced his 2015-16 session committee assignments, which will include the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Tourism and Recreational Development, Gaming Oversight and Human Services committees.
“I am pleased with my committee assignments,” said Diamond. “These will give me opportunities to work closely with legislation important to the people of Lebanon County.”
The House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee serves as a gateway for laws related to farming and agricultural research.
“Much of our county is rural, and agriculture is a key component of our economy,” said Diamond. “I am glad that I will have a voice in shaping policy to promote agriculture and helping to sustain family farms.”
The Tourism and Recreational Development Committee is tasked with travel and tourism promotion for the Commonwealth, and includes sub-topics such the Historical and Museum Commission, state and local hotel taxes, and more.
“Tourism is also an important part of our economy,” said Diamond. “There are many local attractions like the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, Union Canal and events hosted at the Lebanon Valley Expo Center and Fair Grounds that draw many people to our area. Additionally, we receive positive economic impacts from Pennsylvania’s top tourist destination, which is nearby Hershey.”
Other large area employers include the Penn National Race Course and Hollywood Casino, entities that are governed by legislation that must work its way through the Gaming Oversight Committee.
The Human Services Committee has oversight over the Department of Human Services, formerly called the Department of Welfare.
“I am a big advocate of rooting out fraud and abuse in large government programs,” said Diamond. “My position on the Human Services Committee will give me an opportunity to scrutinize some of these programs and find ways to make them operate more efficiently and effectively.”
More information about Diamond is available at www.RepDiamond.com
Representative Russ Diamond
102nd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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