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State Rep. Marty Flynn has been appointed to three House of Representatives committees for the 2013-14 legislative session.

The freshman lawmaker will serve on the Aging and Older Adult Services, Commerce and State Government committees. He also was named Democratic secretary of the State Government Committee.

According to 2010 statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, Pennsylvania ranks fourth in the nation with more than 15 percent of the state's population 65 or older. Seventeen percent of those living in the 113th Legislative District are in that age category.

Seniors are a very important segment of our state and in the communities that I represent. My position on the Aging and Older Adult Services Committee will give me the opportunity to work firsthand in dealing with issues that will impact their everyday lives, including the proposed privatization of the state lottery, said Flynn, D-Lackawanna.

Earlier Wednesday, Flynn joined several of his House Democratic colleagues in the state Capitol Rotunda for a news conference outlining their opposition to the Corbett administration's rushed plan to sell the Pennsylvania Lottery to a British company.

The need to grow lottery proceeds is understandable ‚?? older Pennsylvanians rely on lottery programs ‚?? but the governor is playing with fire by rushing to privatize without all the cards being on the table and without input from the public and the state legislature, Flynn said.

The House Aging and Older Services Committee has scheduled public hearings next Tuesday and Wednesday in Harrisburg to discuss the privatization plan.

The Commerce Committee evaluates legislation involving the banking and financial services industries. The committee has oversight of the Department of Banking, Department of Community and Economic Development, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, the Securities Commission and the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority. The committee also reviews bills regarding interest rates, wage and employment issues and more.

Jobs and economic development are critical to Pennsylvania's future and I am fortunate to receive a spot on the Commerce Committee where those subjects will be debated, Flynn said.

The State Government Committee reviews legislation on issues ranging from voting and elections to campaign finance reform, Right-to-Know Law, Sunshine Act and Procurement Code. It oversees the departments of State and General Services, and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, as well as the Governor‚??s Office, State Athletic Commission, Independent Regulatory Review Commission, Public Employee Retirement Commission and State Employees‚?? Retirement Commission.

The State Government Committee looks to be front-and-center on the pension discussion, which has been cited by the Corbett administration as a priority this year. We need to balance the financial aspects of this issue with the rights of state workers across the commonwealth, he said.
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