Comitta announces bipartisan legislation to preserve Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee

HARRISBURG, Aug. 21 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, announced today that she will be the co-prime sponsor on House Bill 2797; bipartisan legislation that would maintain the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee, as it is currently scheduled to close on July 1, 2021.

“Since its formation in 1968, the JLCC’s mission remains to care for our natural resources and ensure that our executive branch and state government agencies do their jobs,” Comitta said. “It can be as simple as electronic waste and tires being recycled and disposed of properly, to keeping acid mine drainage out of our water supply. I’m proud to be a part of this bicameral, bipartisan committee that has worked to preserve and protect the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians, and hope to see its continuation.”

“For more than 50 years, the JLCC has provided invaluable legislative oversight to the executive branch and delivered numerous up-to-the-minute policy reports to the General Assembly,” Rep. Parke Wentling, R-Crawford/Erie/Lawrence/Mercer, said. “In addition to providing thorough and consistent analysis of environmental and conservation law, the JLCC has also made significant progress in addressing other pressing issues such prescribed burns, waste tire remediation, electronic waste recycling, and rails-to-trails initiatives. It is my hope that this legislation paves the way for the JLCC to deliver many more years of outstanding public service in the critical areas of responsible environmental conservation, protection and stewardship.”

Wentling is prime sponsor of the bill and chair of the JLCC. Comitta, in addition to being the co-prime sponsor, is the vice chair of the JLCC.

Comitta said the JLCC was instrumental in passing the Environmental Rights Amendment of the Pennsylvania Constitution (Article 1, Section 27) in 1971. This was only after three years of operation.

The JLCC has facilitated and staffed the Legislative Forestry Task Force for nearly 20 years, with a focus on health and productivity for Pennsylvania forests.

For more information, contact Comitta’s office at (610) 696-4990.