Recently appointed by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati to serve as Vice Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee for the 2013-14 Legislative Session, Senator Scott E. Hutchinson is gearing up for the panel’s Monday public hearing on the proposed privatization of the Pennsylvania Lottery.
“I appreciate the opportunity to serve as vice chairman of the Finance Committee. We’re certainly getting off to a fast start with a public hearing on a hot issue that is certainly at the forefront of the public’s attention,” said Senator Hutchinson. “The lottery provides essential funding for state programs that benefit Pennsylvania’s older residents. Any privatization proposal should be thoroughly vetted and open to public review.”
The Finance Committee’s public hearing will specifically focus on negotiations between the Corbett Administration and Camelot Global Services to privatize management of the Pennsylvania Lottery. The hearing is set for 10 a.m. in Hearing Room 1 of the Capitol North Office Building in Harrisburg.
Senator Hutchinson, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, said he’s looking forward to serving on the Finance Committee, the panel with the primary role of reviewing legislation affecting Pennsylvania’s tax codes.
“I am very much interested in financial issues based on my background, and I will work to continue to improve the jobs climate in Pennsylvania,” Senator Hutchinson said. “I am looking at some ideas about altering the way regulations are enacted in Pennsylvania. It’s sort of a mundane thing, but in the end our regulatory climate is stifling to job creators.”
Senator Hutchinson was also appointed to serve on the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. “I am pleased to be able to build on my past experience in working on environmental and energy issues, which provide key opportunities to Northwest Pennsylvania,” Senator Hutchinson said.
Last month, Senator Scarnati appointed Senator Hutchinson to serve as Chairman of the Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee for the 2013-14 Legislative Session. The 10-member Intergovernmental Operations Committee has jurisdiction over proposals to restructure state government, such as consolidating state agencies, with the purpose of cutting costs and improving efficiency.
Senator Hutchinson will also serve on three other committees: Local Government, Public Health & Welfare and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness.