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Senator Costa Optimistic about 2013-14 Session; Welcomes New Members

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Sen. Costa is sworn in with his Democratic colleagues

Sen. Costa Casting Vote
Senators Sean Wiley, Matt Smith, and Rob Teplitz

State Sen. Jay Costa said that it was a great day in the Pennsylvania Senate on New Years Day, as 13 of 23 Democratic members were sworn in for the 2013-14 session, including three new members -- Senators Smith (Allegheny), Teplitz (Dauphin) and Wiley (Erie).

The addition of the three new members to the caucus bolsters the number of the Democrats in the Senate to 23 up from 20. The result is that Democrats will play an even more active role in charting a new direction for Pennsylvania.

“As we start a new session we face many challenges,” Costa said.  “There is no question that the road ahead is rocky but there is a wealth of expertise and resourcefulness that members bring to the Senate that can be utilized to craft effective public policy.”

Sen. Costa sets priorities for 2013-14 session.
Sen. Costa sets priorities for 2013-14 session.
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In a floor speech on the first day of Senate session, Costa, who serves as the Democratic Leader, said that there is a wide range of issues that must be addressed.  From education funding to transportation and jobs, privatization, child protection, pension reform and repairing the social safety net, the Senate has many difficult tasks ahead. 

“While daunting on its face, meeting these challenges provides opportunities if Democrats and Republicans work together on behalf of all citizens in Pennsylvania,” Costa said remarks after the session.   


Senator Costa takes the oath of office on New Year’s Day for a new four-year term in the Pennsylvania Senate.  Here’s more with Senator Costa who talks about his priorities and goals for the new two-year legislative session.Listen

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Sen. Costa sets priorities for 2013-14 session.