Two state legislators whose districts include Elizabethtown have new committee leadership roles. State Sen. Ryan Aument is chairman of the Senate Education Committee and Rep. Dave Hickernell is chairman of the House Professional Licensure Committee for the 2019-2020 session.
Aument serves the 36th Senate District, which covers northern Lancaster County. Hickernell serves the 98th House District, which includes the boroughs of Elizabethtown, Mount Joy, Columbia and Marietta; the Lancaster County townships of West Hempfield, East Donegal, West Donegal and Conoy, as well as Londonderry Township, Dauphin County.
“I am thrilled to have this opportunity to lead one of the most important public policy conversations in Pennsylvania today,” Aument said.
Aument noted that there is no shortage of issues facing education, but that he is eager to begin evaluating fair solutions that work for students, parents, and educators alike.
“I look forward to advancing proven education policies that promote post-graduate readiness and prepare students to smoothly transition into the post-secondaryendeavor of their choice, whether that be enrolling in college, attending a trade school, or entering the workforce,” Aument said. “I am eager to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle so that together we can transform our current system into a world-class model of success.”
Aument previously served on the Education Committee in the House of Representatives as well as in the Senate, and has a bachelor’s degree in education from the Citadel, a military college in South Carolina.
Hickernell is getting the new committee assignment for his ninth term in office.
“Having served on the Professional Licensure Committee for nearly a decade, not only am I honored to receive this appointment for the upcoming session, I really enjoy the issues the committee deals with and the nature of the bills we consider,” Hickernell said. The House Professional Licensure Committee is a very important panel for business and commerce It maintains jurisdiction over all legislation dealing with the 29 professional and occupational licensing boards located administratively in the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs in theDepartment of State. Professionals are highly varied, including physicians, cosmetologists, real estate agents and funeral directors.
“The Professional Licensure Committee often does not get a lot of attention in the media, but it oversees some of the most important professions and services in our state – medicine, dentistry, pharmacies, veterinary medicine, real estate and engineering,” Hickernell said.
Now in his third term as a majority chairman — he chaired the House Tourism Committee from 2015 to 2016, and the House Education Committee from 2017 to 2018 — Hickernell said he is pleased that the speaker honored his request to chair Professional Licensure for the 2019-2020 session.
“I had asked for this chairmanship in the prior session, but the Speaker asked me to guide the Education Committee through a number of pending issues in the 2017-18 session and I was glad to do so,” Hickernell said.
Hickernell has served as a member of the House Professional Licensure Committee since 2010