Pennsylvania Democratic State Sen. Lisa Boscola has been reappointed as the chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee.
“I am proud of my work on this important committee and will continue to fight for consumers,” Boscola said, according to Bethlehem Patch.
The committee oversees legislation related to utility issues and the state boards that license a number of professions across Pennsylvania. Following Hurricane Sandy, the committee held a hearing during which Boscola commended many power companies for their efforts during the disaster but added that officials should be more responsive.
Last year, Boscola and fellow state Sen. Pat Browne worked to urge Pennsylvania’s Public Utility Commission to force UGI to more quickly complete the replacement of aging utility pipelines in Allentown. Boscola, pointing to a gas line explosion in 2011, co-sponsored legislation that helped utility companies to expedite work in replacing the outdated infrastructure while limiting rate hikes on consumers, Bethlehem Patch reports.
Boscola was also re-elected to chair the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, which develops policies for the Democratic party and supports potential Democratic candidates.
Boscola was first elected to the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 1994 after serving two terms in the state House of Representatives. Before being elected to the general assembly, Boscola served as Northampton County’s deputy court administrator. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Villanova University.