HARRISBURG (December 19, 2019) – State Senator Andy Dinniman has been named to the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee for the remainder of the 2019-2020 legislative session.
This marks the fifth committee appointment for Dinniman who also currently serves on the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Environmental Resources and Energy, and Game and Fisheries Committees, as well as minority chair of the Senate Education Committee.
He was appointed to the committee by Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa and will serve on the Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee with Majority Chair Robert Tomlinson and Minority Chair Lisa Boscola.
Dinniman said he was honored to be named to the committee, which serves an important function in protecting Pennsylvania consumers.
“It is vital that Pennsylvania consumers, residents and families feel that their elected officials are receptive to their concerns and know that we’re working to protect their interests,” he said.
He also noted that the committee plays a role in legislation involving utilities, including pipelines.
Earlier this year, the Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee approved two bipartisan pieces of legislation aimed at protecting residents of communities affected by natural gas pipelines.
Senate Bill 284, introduced by state Senator Tom Killion and co-sponsored by Dinniman, would mandate pipeline operators provide current Emergency Response Plans to the Public Utility Commission (PUC) which could be responsibly and confidentially shared with county emergency services agencies for the purpose of coordinating a response to a pipeline incident. News stories have reported that approximately 95 percent of an emergency management plan submitted to Chester County by Energy Transfer Partners for its Mariner East II pipeline was redacted.
Senate Bill 258, introduced by Dinniman, calls for requiring pipeline operators to meet annually with county emergency management officials to provide, at minimum, vital and specific pipeline safety information, including identification of facilities, products and pressure transported, emergency contact information for the operator, and information on how to recognize, report, and respond to a product release.
In addition, Senate Bill 258 allows county emergency management officials to share that information with nearby entities, such as hospitals, prisons, schools, day-care facilities, and retirement or assisted living facilities.
Both bills are currently before the full Senate.