State Rep. Bob Freeman will keep his chairman position with the House Local Government Committee next year.
Freeman, D-Northampton, was reappointed by Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny, to be Democratic chairman of the committee for the 2013-14 legislative session.
"Government at the local level is closest to the people," Freeman said. "It has the capacity to impact lives every day. That is the goal of our committee – to promote public policies to help local governments fulfill their responsibilities to the community."
Freeman has served as Democratic chairman of the committee since the 2007-08 session and directed committee action on bills that deal with land use planning, development and urban revitalization efforts.
Most recently, the committee dealt with changes to the Manufactured Home Community Rights Act to ensure residents have adequate protections when a community is sold. Other laws the committee shepherded through with Freeman's guidance include the Pennsylvania Appalachian Trail Protection Act and the Elm Street Program Act. Freeman sponsored these measures in the House.
Freeman represents residents in the 136th Legislative District in Northampton County, including Easton, Freemansburg, Glendon, Hellertown, West Easton and Wilson as well as Williams Township and parts of Lower Saucon and Bethlehem townships.