HB 2606 would make PaDEP’s appointed secretary a commissioner elected by Pennsylvanians, with two-term limit.

Immediately after I posted this – before lunch, on the day the article was published – it was shared by 6 different friends on FaceBook, and leading Marcellus activist John Trallo had forwarded it to his considerable listserv. It was also immediately and publicly endorsed by Maria Payan, Director at Peach Bottom Concerned Citizens Group, a tireless (and I mean tireless) voice for We The People of PA.

Please contact your State Assembly candidates. This is a positive action, and does not disproportionately benefit either side of any given issue. Rather, it puts DEP’s Sec under OUR control, like Attorney General and Auditor General.

I will keep you posted on all responses I receive to the following, if any.

From: Steve Todd
To: rob@robteplitz.com; kamaraosman68@gmail.com; jpayne106@pahousegop.com; jpayne@pahousegop.com; stephen@keystonestrategies.net
CC: hlong@patriot-news.com; news@thesunontheweb.com; paulbaker@ldnews.com; supportjesse@gmail.com
Subject: Open Letter requesting position statements regarding Rep White’s bills HB 2606 and HB2607
Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2012 13:37:14 +0000

Dear candidates for my State Senator and Representative:

I strongly support Rep White’s bills – HB 2606 and HB2607 – to “amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to change the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)’s appointed secretary position to a commissioner post elected by Pennsylvanians,” with a two-term limit, as cited in the link below.

I look forward to lobbying hard for its passage, beginning today by my sending this Open Letter requesting position statements, to all four major-party candidates for my State Senator and Representative, and the local press. I trust the address I found for McNally for Senate will find it’s way to candidate McNally. If not, please let me know.

If you agree with Rep White and me, that: “Campaign donations and political motivations should never drown out scientific facts,” please consider doing the same.


Thank you for your consideration.

Steve Todd
(full contact info followed)


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2 Responses to HB 2606 would make PaDEP’s appointed secretary a commissioner elected by Pennsylvanians, with two-term limit.

  1. steventodd says:

    I’ve received one response to date, from candidate Rob Teplitz:

    Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2012 18:15:50 -0700

    Steve, thanks for reaching out to me on this issue. I have mixed feelings about this and can easily see a situation where it would have the exact opposite effect that is hoped for. For example, given Pennsylvania’s poor campaign finance laws, what if the environmental “bad guys” decided to spend as much as it took to elect a sympathetic commissioner? I also see this as a potentially slippery slope to dramatically expand the number of row offices, which, again, could have political repercussions. I hope you will understand if I take some time to think this through before I commit to a position.

    Hope all is well.


    Candidate for Senate of Pennsylvania
    (PA-15: Dauphin/York)

    Friends of Rob Teplitz
    P.O. Box 60007
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17106-0007


  2. steventodd says:

    And another:
    Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2012 03:21:19 -0400

    Thanks Steve, for the heads up and invitation we’ll keep an eye out.

    Osman Kamara
    for State Representative 106


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