Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) has been named to serve on the House Game and Fisheries Committee, the House Human Services Committee, the House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee, and the House Transportation Committee to begin the 2011-12 legislative session.
"Like many counties, Carbon County's transportation system needs many roads and bridges repaired and maintained, so as a member of the House Transportation Committee, I will have some direct influence on state transportation policy," said Heffley. "Our road rebuilding efforts can rejuvenate construction jobs in the short term and provide much need infrastructure and access for businesses looking to locate in Carbon. As our transportation infrastructure improves, the county will see more visitors to our historic downtown areas and shops."
Heffley is also a member of the House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee, which examines legislation governing travel and tourism promotion and marketing; heritage parks and scenic roadways; the Historical and Museum Commission; historic cemeteries and cultural properties. The committee also oversees amusement park safety and inspection; fairs, carnivals and folk festivals; winery promotion; film industry issues; and sports memorabilia.
"Tourism is important to Carbon County in all seasons," said Heffley. "Skiing, whitewater rafting, camping and day trips to places like Beltzville Lake & Hickory Run State Park, and sightseeing and shopping in towns like Jim Thorpe make membership on this committee important."
The House Game and Fisheries Committee deals with bills relating to state gamelands and wildlife protection as well as regulating fishing, boating, hunting and trapping. Legislation such as the recent law strengthening the state's anti-poaching law, was debated by the committee last session.
The House Human Services Committee will be discussing drug and alcohol and mental health treatment issues as well as other human service aspects of state government and how improvements can be made to the way state and county governments deliver human services.