The House Democratic Policy Committee holds public hearings and meetings across the state and serves as the catalyst to enacting major policy initiatives put forth by members of the House Democratic Caucus. State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, was chosen by the caucus to lead this committee. The committee typically holds hearings outside of Harrisburg to investigate local impact of certain issues and collect valuable expert input.

Public Hearings

To judge the local impact state issues have in certain regions and collect valuable public input, the Policy Committee travels throughout the state to hold public hearings. Check back here regularly for the Committee's hearing schedule and collected testimony. Follow Chairman Sturla on Twitter to be the first to know when hearings are announced.

Upcoming Hearings

  • When: Thursday, May 1 at 10 a.m.
  • Where: 418 Main Capitol Building, Harrisburg
  • What: Internet Gaming

Archive of Hearings

The below table lists this session's Policy Committee hearings to date. For more information about a specific hearing, click on its date for a media advisory, its location for a news release, and its topic for testimonies and materials collected at the hearing.

Date Location Topic Multimedia
4/17/14 Philadelphia Regulation of Rooming & Boarding Houses  
4/16/14 Philadelphia Universal Pre-K and Kindergarten  
4/15/14 Philadelphia Need for Dyslexia Funding  
4/14/14 Allentown Jobs and the Economy  
4/10/14 Harrisburg Minimum Wage & UC Photos
3/25/14 Erie Bullying Photos
3/24/14 Pittsburgh House Bills 703/704 Photos
3/13/14 York Education & Economic Development Photos
1/27/14 Harrisburg Flood Insurance Crisis Photos
1/23/14 Harrisburg Electric Competition & Consumer Choice Photos
1/9/14 Philadelphia Minimum Wage Photos
1/8/14 Philadelphia Medicaid Expansion Photos
1/7/14 Philadelphia Education Photos
12/16/13 Harrisburg Climate Change Photos
10/31/13 Erie Jobs and the Economy Photos
10/28/13 Slippery Rock House Bill 1192 Photos
10/10/13 Wilkes-Barre Affordable Care Act Rollout Photos
10/9/13 Scranton Jobs and the Economy Photos
10/8/13 Taylor Ed Funding Cuts' Impact on Property Taxes Photos
9/26/13 Harrisburg Funding Fair Trials Photos
9/18/13 Pittsburgh Affordable Care Act Rollout Photos/Video
9/17/13 Pittsburgh Schools Photos/Video
9/16/13 Jefferson Energy Photos/Video
9/11/13 Philadelphia Adult Literacy Photos
9/10/13 Philadelphia Public Education and Education Funding Photos
9/9/13 Pottstown Ed Funding Cuts' Impact on Property Taxes Photos
8/1/13 Philadelphia Medicaid Expansion Photos
7/31/13 Lafayette Hill Transportation and Livable Communities Photos
7/30/13 Newtown PlanCon and School Construction Projects Photos
7/25/13 Pittsburgh Road Safety for Refuse Workers Photos
7/24/13 Wilkinsburg Education Funding Photos
6/13/13 Harrisburg Youth Violence as Public Health Epidemic Photos
5/31/13 Philadelphia Child Care Funding Photos
5/30/13 Wyncote Water and Sewer Infrastructure Photos/Video
5/29/13 Drexel Hill Education Funding Photos
5/28/13 Philadelphia House Bills 908/909 & Expungement Photos
5/16/13 Uniontown Small Games of Chance Photos
5/9/13 Harrisburg Mental Health & Criminal Justice Photos
5/2/13 Harrisburg Act 13 of 2012 Issues Photos
5/1/13 Williamsport Loyalsock State Forest Photos/Video
4/29/13 Pittsburgh Community Blue & Access to Integrated Systems Photos
4/25/13 Harrisburg Homelessness Issues Photos
4/18/13 Harrisburg Prison Reform and Expungement Photos
4/17/13 Harrisburg PA Film Tax Credit Program Photos
4/4/13 Scranton Education Funding and School Safety Photos
4/3/13 Archbald Transportation Photos
4/2/13 Scranton Privatization of State Liquor Stores Photos
3/28/13 Philadelphia Mental Health Funding Photos
3/27/13 Abington Privatization of State Liquor Stores Photos
3/25/13 Philadelphia Transportation Photos
3/7/13 Erie Medicaid Expansion Photos
3/6/13 Erie Privatization of State Liquor Stores Photos
3/5/13 Williamsport Medicaid Expansion Photos/Video
3/4/13 Harrisburg Medicaid Expansion Photos/Video
2/28/13 Allentown Transportation Photos/Video
2/27/13 Bethlehem Education Funding Photos
2/26/13 Reading Education Funding Photos
2/22/13 Pittsburgh First Responder Autism Training Photos
2/21/13 Pittsburgh Medicaid Expansion Photos
2/20/13 Pittsburgh Transportation Photos/Video
2/19/13 Washington Marcellus Shale Environmental Testing Photos
1/31/13 Philadelphia Voter ID Law and Early Voting Photos
1/30/13 Philadelphia Methadone Treatment Facilities   Photos/Video
1/29/13 Bryn Mawr Renewable Energy Legislation Photos
1/28/13 Philadelphia Property Tax Relief Measures Photos

Policy Committee Members


Policy Agenda

The House Democratic Policy Committee created the Democratic Caucus's Policy Agenda for the
2013-2014 Legislative Session. Click here for details.


Jim Dawes - Executive Director, 717-772-0036

Angela Fitterer - Policy Advisor, 717-772-9967

Eric Mock - Policy Analyst, 717-783-0450

Nicole Reigelman - Media Specialist, 717-783-0334

Ryan McIlmoyle - Research Analyst, 717-787-3536

Michelle Bohnke - Office Manager, 717-787-3555