Two Philadelphia area lawmakers will again control the most powerful committee in the state House.
Rep. Bill Adolph of Delaware County won a Republican caucus election as minority chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Adolph, who was elected in 1988, defeated Reps. Stan Saylor, of York and Doug Reichley of Lehigh in the tightly fought race.
The appropriations committee is charged with shaping budget policy and determining spending priorities.
Adolph takes over for embattled Rep. Mario Civera also of Delaware whose decision not to resign from the House after being elected a Delaware County Commission stirred controversy in Republican and Democratic circles. Earlier this month Civera announced he would step down as Appropriations Chairman, but has not yet said when he will depart the House.
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Dwight Evans of Philadelphia welcomed his fellow Philadelphian to the committee. "He's a good guy," said Evans. "I look forward to working with him."
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