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

No hearings scheduled at this time.

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
10/10/14 Pittsburgh Highmark/UPMC Transition Agreement
10/3/14 Philadelphia Workforce Development
10/2/14 Philadelphia LGBT Hate Crimes
10/1/14 Limerick House Bill 841 and Veterans Issues
9/30/14 Williamsport Manufacturing Job Creation
9/10/14 Loretto Jobs and the Economy
8/28/14 Levittown Heroin and Opiate Epidemic
8/27/14 Upper Darby Mental Health Reform
8/26/14 Wyncote Global Warming and Climate Change
8/25/14 Newtown House Bill 1959
8/12/14 Pittsburgh Allegheny County Crime Lab
7/30/14 Philadelphia House Bill 1250
7/29/14 Limerick Jobs and the Economy
7/28/14 Williamsport House Bill 2318
7/23/14 Pittsburgh Jobs and Workforce Development
7/22/14 Monesson Education and Economic Development
6/2/14 Harrisburg Gov. Corbett's Plan for Leasing State Parks/Forests
5/1/14 Harrisburg Internet Gaming
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
3/25/14 Erie Bullying
3/24/14 Pittsburgh House Bills 703/704
3/13/14 York Education & Economic Development
1/27/14 Harrisburg Flood Insurance Crisis
1/23/14 Harrisburg Electric Competition & Consumer Choice
1/9/14 Philadelphia Minimum Wage
1/8/14 Philadelphia Medicaid Expansion
1/7/14 Philadelphia Education
12/16/13 Harrisburg Climate Change
10/31/13 Erie Jobs and the Economy
10/28/13 Slippery Rock House Bill 1192
10/10/13 Wilkes-Barre Affordable Care Act Rollout
10/9/13 Scranton Jobs and the Economy
10/8/13 Taylor Ed Funding Cuts' Impact on Property Taxes
9/26/13 Harrisburg Funding Fair Trials
9/18/13 Pittsburgh Affordable Care Act Rollout
9/17/13 Pittsburgh Schools
9/16/13 Jefferson Energy
9/11/13 Philadelphia Adult Literacy
9/10/13 Philadelphia Public Education and Education Funding
9/9/13 Pottstown Ed Funding Cuts' Impact on Property Taxes
8/1/13 Philadelphia Medicaid Expansion
7/31/13 Lafayette Hill Transportation and Livable Communities
7/30/13 Newtown PlanCon and School Construction Projects
7/25/13 Pittsburgh Road Safety for Refuse Workers
7/24/13 Wilkinsburg Education Funding
6/13/13 Harrisburg Youth Violence as Public Health Epidemic
5/31/13 Philadelphia Child Care Funding
5/30/13 Wyncote Water and Sewer Infrastructure
5/29/13 Drexel Hill Education Funding
5/28/13 Philadelphia House Bills 908/909 & Expungement
5/16/13 Uniontown Small Games of Chance
5/9/13 Harrisburg Mental Health & Criminal Justice
5/2/13 Harrisburg Act 13 of 2012 Issues
5/1/13 Williamsport Loyalsock State Forest
4/29/13 Pittsburgh Community Blue & Access to Integrated Systems
4/25/13 Harrisburg Homelessness Issues
4/18/13 Harrisburg Prison Reform and Expungement
4/17/13 Harrisburg PA Film Tax Credit Program
4/4/13 Scranton Education Funding and School Safety
4/3/13 Archbald Transportation
4/2/13 Scranton Privatization of State Liquor Stores
3/28/13 Philadelphia Mental Health Funding
3/27/13 Abington Privatization of State Liquor Stores
3/25/13 Philadelphia Transportation
3/7/13 Erie Medicaid Expansion
3/6/13 Erie Privatization of State Liquor Stores
3/5/13 Williamsport Medicaid Expansion
3/4/13 Harrisburg Medicaid Expansion
2/28/13 Allentown Transportation
2/27/13 Bethlehem Education Funding
2/26/13 Reading Education Funding
2/22/13 Pittsburgh First Responder Autism Training
2/21/13 Pittsburgh Medicaid Expansion
2/20/13 Pittsburgh Transportation
2/19/13 Washington Marcellus Shale Environmental Testing
1/31/13 Philadelphia Voter ID Law and Early Voting
1/30/13 Philadelphia Methadone Treatment Facilities
1/29/13 Bryn Mawr Renewable Energy Legislation
1/28/13 Philadelphia Property Tax Relief Measures

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

Ryan McIlmoyle - Research Analyst, 717-787-3536

Michelle Bohnke - Office Manager, 717-787-3555