HARRISBURG – Rep. Zach Mako (R-Lehigh/Northampton) this week was named to three House standing committees for the 2023-24 Legislative Session.
His committee assignments are Appropriations, Finance and Professional Licensure.
“I look forward to continuing my service on these three committees for the next two years,” Mako said. “As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I have helped to build a record-high Rainy Day Fund for the Commonwealth so we are prepared for any economic downturns. I’m eager to continue working to keep Pennsylvania in a strong fiscal position. In addition, the pandemic shone a bright spotlight on deficiencies in the state’s licensing process for a number of professions. I hope to work to continue to remove these roadblocks so that people are not discouraged from pursuing their careers here.”
As all state budget legislation must originate in the House of Representatives, the House Appropriations Committee is the primary committee of the General Assembly tasked with overseeing state government spending, state fiscal policies and developing a state budget each fiscal year.
The Finance Committee oversees matters relating to taxation and fiscal policy, investment of the Commonwealth’s money and regulations of the Department of Revenue. In addition, it reviews legislation dealing with the operation of the Pennsylvania Lottery, as well as bills regarding the Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program and the Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly (PACE) Program, both of which are funded by the lottery.
The Professional Licensure Committee maintains jurisdiction over all legislation dealing with the 29 professional and occupational licensing boards located administratively in the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs in the Department of State. Professionals range from physicians and cosmetologists to real estate agents and funeral directors. Additionally, the committee is charged with reviewing the various regulations put forward by the Department of State regarding licensed professionals.
The 183rd District includes Lowhill and North Whitehall townships and Slatington Borough in Lehigh County. It also consists of Allen, East Allen, Lehigh and Moore (part) townships, and Bath, North Catasauqua, Northampton and Walnutport boroughs in Northampton County.
Representative Zachary Mako
183rd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Tracy Polovick