Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Knowles Assigned to High-Profile House Education and Judiciary Committees

Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill) has been selected to serve on the high-profile state House Education and Judiciary committees.

The House Education Committee has oversight on state issues involving public and private schools, encompassing pre-K through college.

“As a member of the House Education Committee, I am greatly looking forward to having a more prominent role in the ongoing debate to eliminate school property taxes,” said Knowles. “As a proud graduate of Thaddeus Stevens Trade School, I will be fighting for legislation to give our schools the flexibility to expand career, trade-based and technical education opportunities.

Our young people need this proven workforce development training to succeed in high-demand jobs that pay family-sustaining wages.”

The House Judiciary Committee focuses on issues and legislation relating to state and federal laws. Some of the topics overseen by the committee include firearms laws, illegal immigration reform, judicial reform, safety of state correctional officers, sex offenders, drug trafficking and criminal law.

“A common thread shared by our federal and state Constitutions is that government is specifically designed to uphold justice in our society by protecting the rights of individual citizens, rather than trampling on them” said Knowles. “It is of critical importance to defend our right to bear arms.”

Knowles, who was sworn in earlier this month for his sixth term representing the people of the 124th District, will also serve as a member of the House Health and State Government committees during the 2019-20 Legislative Session.

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