HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania House Republicans are turning to an 18-term lawmaker from the Philadelphia suburbs to lead the Transportation Committee.
Speaker Sam Smith on Wednesday named Delaware County Rep. Nicholas Micozzie to the job that opened up earlier this month with the death of Bedford County Rep. Dick Hess.
Bradford County Rep. Tina Pickett takes over as chair of the Insurance Committee that Micozzie had previously led. The newest chair is Rep. Mauree Gingrich of Lebanon County, now running meetings of the Gaming Oversight Committee.
Hess died Sept. 6 of complications that arose after leg surgery.
House Majority Leader Mike Turzai said this week he hoped to have a floor vote on a Senate-passed proposal to raise taxes and fees for highways, bridges and mass transit.