Hess Appointed Republican Chairman of House Commerce Committee
State Representative Dick L. Hess (R-Bedford) has been appointed to serve as Republican Chairman of the House Commerce Committee for the 2007-2008 legislative session.
“I’m honored that the House Republican Leader has chosen me to be the point man for our Caucus on this committee, whose focus is on business, finance and economic development here in Pennsylvania,” said Hess, who is beginning his 11th term representing the 78th Legislative District in the State House.
“Legislation that affects Pennsylvania companies, regulates financial institutions, fosters economic growth, and protects consumers is scrutinized by the men and women who sit on the Commerce Committee,” Hess added. “I look forward to serving as the committee’s Republican Chairman and working with issues that have a bearing on Pennsylvania’s future prosperity.”
The House Commerce Committee concentrates its efforts on the following areas of legislation:
The regulation of the various institutions which are chartered in Pennsylvania through the Banking Code, the Savings Association Code, the Consumer Discount Company Act, the Pawnbrokers License Act, the Mortgage Bankers and Brokers Act, the Pennsylvania Securities Act, and the Credit Union Law.
State economic development through state economic and technical assistance programs, such as the Ben Franklin Partnership, the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority, the Pennsylvania Capital Loan Fund, and the Small Business Development Center Program.
The regulation of offers of sale and credit through such statutes as the Goods and Services Installment Sales Act, the Unfair Sales Act, and the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Act.
Corporate governance through the Business Corporation Law.
The committee includes three subcommittees:  Financial Services and Banking, Housing, and Economic Development.
“By virtue of my assignment to the Commerce Committee, I have the opportunity to be a strong voice for the communities within the 78th district when it comes to continuing the economic development we’ve begun in this region and improving the business climate regionally and statewide,” Hess said.
Hess had previously been Majority Chairman of the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee.

Rep. Dick Hess
78th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(814) 623-9097
(717) 787-7076
Contact: Greg Grasa
House Republican Public Relations
(717) 772-9843
January 24, 2007