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Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, 2005-2006

Identifier: 01-ST2005_02

Scope and Contents

During the 2005-2006 Session, the Agricultural and Rural Affairs Committee handled the following topics through committee or informational meetings: amendments to the Agriculture Area Security Law (House Bills 619, 629 and 671 and Senate Bills 723 and 940), nutrient management, livestock issues (House Bill 1580) including the National Animal Identification System (NAIS), land conservation (House Bill 1895 and Senate Bill 1224), farmers' market development program ( House Bill 2472), the Federal Farm Bill of 2007, fireworks (House Bill 2349), Pennsylvania Farm Link and the Asian Bird Flu and its implication on Pennsylvania.

In addition to the topics mentioned above, the Committee held three public hearings: one on restaurant inspection and food safety and two on crop damage caused by deer. The official transcripts for these public hearings can be acquired via the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Archives Public Hearing Transcript Database.

The Meetings, Tours and Public Hearing files in this collection contain attendance and vote records and minutes of the meetings. In Folder 13 and Folder 25, background research or testimony is included.

Republican Arthur Hershey chaired the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee during the 2005-2006 Session. Sheila Miller served as Majority Vice Chair and David Millard served as Majority Secretary. Peter Daley served as Minority Chair, Frank LaGrotta served as Minority Vice Chair, and Richard Grucela served as Minority Secretary.


  • 2005-2006
  • Other: Date acquired: 12/11/2005


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Arrangement Note

This collection is arranged in three series: Series 1. Committee Record; Series 2. Meetings, Tours and Public Hearings; and Series 3. House Blue Backs.

Custodial History

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Archives.

Source of Acquisition

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee

Method of Acquisition

Pursuant to House Rule 45 of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (titled “Powers and Duties of Standing Committees and Subcommittees”) governing the management and disposition of historically valuable committee material, the secretary of the committee must record the attendance of Members and any votes taken, the minutes of the meeting and records, bills, and other papers in the possession of committees and subcommittees which must be submitted to the Chief Clerk at the end of every two year legislative session for permanent archival storage.

Existence and Location of Originals

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Art Hershey Papers Sheila Miller Papers
Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, 2005-2006
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Repository Details

Part of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Archives Repository

628 Irvis Office Building
450 Commonwealth Avenue
Harrisburg PA 17120 USA