Laughlin-Alloway Education Committee switch made official

Laughlin-Alloway Education Committee switch made official

Author: Jason Gottesman/Wednesday, December 13, 2017/Categories: News and Views

After days of speculation and one cancelled vote in committee as a result, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) announced Wednesday that Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-Erie) has resigned as a member of the Senate Education Committee and is being replaced by Sen. Rich Alloway (R-Franklin).


Sen. Alloway currently serves on the Senate Republican leadership team as Senate Republican Caucus Secretary, and also holds a number of committee assignments.


As part of the change, Sen. Alloway resigned as a member of the Senate Community, Economic, and Recreational Development Committee and is being replaced there by Sen. Laughlin.


In comments made to The PLS Reporter, earlier this week, Sen. Laughlin defended against insinuations that his requested transfer off of the Senate Education Committee had anything to do with his opposition to Senate Bill 2—a controversial bill creating Education Savings Accounts that some have likened to school vouchers—and rather said his requested change is as a result of his desire to work more on economic development issues.


“One of the biggest issues in my district was the Erie School District funding, they were tanking and going bankrupt and I was able to get a really nice amount of funding set aside for them [in this year’s budget package] on an annual basis and that was my biggest reason for wanting to be on the Education Committee,” he said on Monday.


“I’ve solved that problem and my next thing on my to-do list is economic development, so I asked if it would be possible to make that shift and leadership said ‘sure,’ at least that’s what I’ve heard.”


Sen. Laughlin previously opposed the ESA legislation, which failed to clear the Senate Education Committee earlier this year due to a late-filed proxy that caused the tied vote to be canceled.


He said earlier this week that should he remain on the committee or should the issue come up on the Senate Floor, he would remain opposed to advancing the legislation.