Dawkins named Labor and Industry Committee chairman

HARRISBURG, March 10 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., said he is honored and grateful to accept the position of chair of the Pennsylvania House Labor and Industry Committee.

With the chairmanship comes responsibility for setting the committee’s schedule and choosing what legislation the committee will consider.

“As chairman, I am ready to get busy doing the people’s business,” Dawkins said. “We will fight for workers’ rights and consider legislation that ensures the workers of Pennsylvania get the compensation, benefits and protections they are entitled to and deserve.”

The Labor and Industry Committee’s role is to review legislation that tackles issues such as the state’s minimum wage, unemployment benefits and compensation, construction codes and workplace health and safety.

The committee oversees the Department of Labor and Industry, State Civil Service Commission, Labor Relations Board, Unemployment Compensation Appeals Board of Review, Industrial Board, Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board and the Office for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired.

Democratic members of the Labor and Industry Committee are Reps. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila.; David Delloso, D-Delaware; Kyle Donahue, D-Lackawanna; Roni Green, D-Phila.; Jim Haddock, D-Lackawanna; Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny; Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh; Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware; Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny; Mark Rozzi, D-Berks; and Regina Young, D-Phila.