State Rep. Mike Sturla

Chairman, Democratic Policy Committee

State Rep. Dan Frankel


Hearing Co-Chairman




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


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:

  Evan Urbania, president, Independence Business Alliance, Philadelphia

  Representative from the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and Capital Region Economic Development Corp.

         2:50 p.m. Panel Two about Realities of Discrimination:

  Representative from the National Center for Transgender Equality

  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:

  John Callahan, mayor, City of Bethlehem

  Ted Martin, executive director, Equality PA

         4:10 p.m. Closing remarks

The hearing is open to the public and media coverage is invited.