Williams announces committee assignments for second term

HARRISBURG, Jan. 11 – State Rep. Dan Williams announced today his committee assignments for the 2021-2022 session are Aging and Older Adult Services, Human Services, Urban Affairs and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness.

Williams, D-Chester, said, “I am humbled to have these opportunities to influence legislation that will improve the welfare of our society’s most vulnerable communities like our seniors, our low-income communities, our veterans, our housing insecure individuals and families, and our communities plagued by violence.

“As a member of these important committees, I have a chance to make sure that legislation that will better the lives of the powerless gets heard on the House floor,” Williams continued. “This is what representative democracy is all about.  I speak for you, in your name, about your concerns and your needs in the halls of Harrisburg. That’s what being a public servant is all about.”

The House committees’ descriptions are:

  • The House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee deals with a wide range of issues to improve the lives of Pennsylvania's senior citizens. The committee works with the Department of Aging and reviews bills which affect senior citizens of the commonwealth.

  • The Human Services Committee reviews bills pertaining to social service issues in Pennsylvania. The committee reviews the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Office of Developmental Programs and the Office of Long Term Living under the Department of Human Services, as well as the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, and the Office of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and the Bureau of Community Program Licensure and Certification under the Department of Health.

  • The Urban Affairs Committee reviews bills which pertain to cities and counties of the first, second and third class. Housing and public safety have been recent concerns for this committee. The committee oversees the Philadelphia Parking Authority.

  • The Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee has oversight of the Department of Military Affairs and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency as well as the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services under the Department of Health. The committee reviews bills which affect veteran-related and other military issues, as well as disaster preparedness and emergency response in the commonwealth.

In the previous session, Williams served as the secretary of the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee and on the Urban Affairs Committee, in addition to the Children and Youth Committee and the House Democratic Policy Committee.