Gov. Wolf nominated Acting Secretary of Environmental Protection Patrick McDonnell to serve permanently in that role on January 3, but so far his nomination has not been referred to the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee for a hearing.
The paperwork on McDonnell’s nomination was complete and in the hands of the Senate the week of January 16, but no action was taken. The Senate has been in session 9 days when they could have acted.The Senate cannot take any action on the nomination until it returns to session after the break for budget hearings on March 20.
The deadline for action on the nomination is May 10.