The new -- well, somewhat new -- House and Senate committee chairs are out today. Many posts have the same occupants, but not all.
The Senate Education Committee chairmanship formerly held by retiring Sen. Jeffrey Piccola, R-Dauphin, is going to Sen. Mike Folmer, R-Lebanon. Sen. Randy Vulakovich, R-Shaler, has been a senator only since Aug. 29, but he will be heading the Communications & Technology Committee. And Scott Hutchinson, R-Venango, has yet to be sworn in for his first term, but he's already been tapped to head the Inter-Governmental Operations Committee.
After a session that saw the passage of major drilling legislation, both the Senate and House environmental committees will have new chairmen. Huntchinson had chaired the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, where he is being replaced by Rep. Ron Miller, R-York. The Senate committee chairmanship, last held by retiring Sen. Mary Jo White, R-Venango, will go to Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Lycoming.
With Gov. Tom Corbett preparing to announce a plan to fund improvements to transportation infrastructure, eyes were on the chairmanship of the House Transportation Committee after former chairman Rick Geist, R-Blair, lost in the primary. (He had served in the House since 1979.) That post will go to Rep. Dick Hess, R-Bedford.
Full lists after the jump.