Law & Justice Committee, Pennsylvania State Senate

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The Law & Justice Committee is a standing committee of the Pennsylvania State Senate.

Per Section 14 of the Senate Rules, committees of the Pennsylvania State Senate are appointed by the President Pro Tempore. The President Pro Tempore shall appoint the Chair, Vice Chair and committee membership soon after they are elected to the position in sessions convening in odd-numbered years.[1] Any vacancies that have occurred in any committees or subcommittees after members have been appointed will be filled by the President Pro Tempore.[2] The membership of each committee will be based on the caucus composition of Senate membership.[1] The President Pro Tempore is considered to be an ex-officio voting member on all standing committees and subcommittees, except the Committee on Ethics and Official Conduct. The Majority Leader is an ex-officio member of the Appropriations Committee and will serve as Chair of the Rules & Executive Nominations Committee. The Minority Leader is an ex-officio member of the Appropriations Committee and will serve as Minority Chair on the Rules & Executive Nominations Committee. In the committees that the President Pro Tempore, Majority Leader and Minority Leader are members, these members are not counted for purposes in determining quorum.[3]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: Senate Resolution 3


Standing committees are authorized:

(1) To maintain a continuous review of the work of the Commonwealth agencies concerned with their subject areas and the performance of the functions of government within each such subject area, and for this purpose to request reports from time to time, in such form as the standing committee shall designate, concerning the operation of any Commonwealth agency and presenting any proposal or recommendation such agency may have with regard to existing laws or proposed legislation in its subject area. The standing committee is authorized to require public officials and employees and private individuals to appear before the standing committee for the purpose of submitting information to it.

(2) In order to carry out its duties, each standing committee is empowered with the right and authority to inspect and investigate the books, records, papers, documents, data, operation, and physical plant of any public agency in this Commonwealth.

(3) In order to carry out its duties, each standing committee may issue subpoenas, subpoenas duces tecum and other necessary process to compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of any books, letters or other documentary evidence desired by the committee. The chair may administer oaths and affirmations in the manner prescribed by law to witnesses who shall appear before the committee to testify.[4][5]



The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.

Law & Justice Members, 2013
Democratic members (4)Republican members (7)
Jim Ferlo, Minority ChairCharles McIlhinney, Chair
Wayne FontanaRichard Alloway, Vice Chair
Christine TartaglioneJoe Scarnati, Ex officio
Anthony WilliamsEdwin Erickson
John Rafferty
Don White
Gene Yaw


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