State Rep. Phyllis Mundy, D-Kingston, was sworn in Jan. 1 to her 12th term in the state House of Representatives, where she will continue in her post as Democratic chairman of the House Finance Committee.
The 120th Legislative District includes the Greater Pittston communities of Exeter, Wyoming, West Pittston, West Wyoming and Exeter Township.
Joining Mundy for the swearing-in ceremony were U.S. Rep.-elect Matt Cartwright whose 17th Congressional District includes part of Luzerne County and his and his son, Jack Cartwright.
I am humbled the people of the 120th Legislative District have once again entrusted me to be their voice in Harrisburg, Mundy said in a news release. I will continue working hard on their behalf each and every day.
Among Mundy‚??s priorities are adequate funding for public education and programs that support Pennsylvania's most vulnerable citizens, particularly senior citizens and at-risk youth, the creation of family sustaining jobs, and clean air and water. She also emphasized the need for greater tax fairness for seniors and working families, adding too much attention has been paid by the governor and the majority party in the General Assembly to the needs of multi-state corporations at the expense of everyday taxpayers.
During the 2011-12 legislative session, three bills modeled after legislation first introduced by Mundy were signed into law:
- Legislation to expand eligibility under Pennsylvania's Family Caregiver Support Program to non-relatives or relatives living outside a senior's home;
- Legislation to close a legal loophole for drunk drivers to flee the scene of an accident by reclassifying a hit-and-run accident where death occurs as a second-degree felony; and
- Legislation expanding the duties of the Juvenile Court Judges Commission by allowing it to analyze court cases and trends in the system. The nine-member commission may use this information to make recommendations to juvenile judges and the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts for improving the system.
Mundy said her constituent service office, located at Park Office Bldg., Suite 113, 400 Third Avenue in Kingston, stands ready to help residents with state-related programs and issues. The office is open 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone number is (570) 283-9622.