Yesterday, state Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) was selected as the first chair of the newly formed state House Oversight Committee.
“Being named the chairman of the House Oversight Committee is a great honor and a responsibility, which doesn’t rest lightly on my shoulders,” Grove said in a statement. “The work this committee will do this session, and how it’s led, will set a precedent for years to come. I look forward to leading this committee and making sure Pennsylvanians have the needed oversight they deserve.”
The press release providing the announcement states that the goal of the committee is to mirror the House Committee on Oversight and Reform in the U.S. Congress and “provide better legislative oversight on how tax dollars are spent and how state agencies operate.” The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that the committee holds subpoena power to “request information from state agencies.”
“The goal of this committee is to create a culture of oversight in the House,” Grove said in a statement. “Specifically, we will ensure laws passed by the Legislature meets their legislative goals.”
The committee includes five Republicans and four Democrats right now. State Rep. Matt Bradford (D-Montgomery) will serve as vice-chair.
Chair Seth Grove
Vice Chair Matt Bradford
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Grove was first elected to represent the 196th district in 2008 and has not faced an opponent in the general election since 2010.