FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Rep. Mike Sturla
Chairman, Democratic Policy Committee
State Rep. Dan Frankel
HDPC to hold public hearing on H.B. 300 Monday in Harrisburg
HARRISBURG, Sept. 15 – House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, announced today that the committee will hold a public hearing to examine House Bill 300 from 2 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday in Room 418 Main Capitol Building, Harrisburg.
The hearing will be streamed live online at www.pahouse.com.
Introduced by Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, H.B. 300 would protect people from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Frankel requested the hearing and will serve as its co-chairman. Frankel said a recent poll shows about 70 percent of Pennsylvanians support the bill.
The hearing agenda is:
· 2 p.m. – Welcome and opening remarks
· 2:10 p.m. – Panel One about Economic Benefits of Inclusion:
Ø Evan Urbania, president, Independence Business Alliance, Philadelphia
Ø Representative from the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and Capital Region Economic Development Corp.
· 2:50 p.m. – Panel Two about Realities of Discrimination:
Ø Representative from the National Center for Transgender Equality
Ø Erica Leigh Gabor, Philadelphia, U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq
· 3:30 p.m. – Panel Three about Changing Legal Situations in Pennsylvania and Nationwide:
Ø John Callahan, mayor, City of Bethlehem
Ø Ted Martin, executive director, Equality PA
· 4:10 p.m. – Closing remarks
The hearing is open to the public and media coverage is invited.