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Kinsey to lead Policy roundtable with Alliance of Community Service Providers Thursday in Philadelphia

(10 hours ago)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 11 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, will host a joint PLBC-House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable meeting with the Alliance of Community Service Providers at 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 12 at Oxford Mills, 100 W. Oxford St., 19122. Kinsey requested the meeting to have an open discussion with members of the Alliance of Community Service Providers regarding housing and longstanding obstacles such as funding cuts and long waitlists that impede the region’s most vulnerable populations from accessing resources. Other topics include ensuring people employed in the industry are properly compensated. Kinsey will also be joined by members of the PLBC, House Democratic Policy Committee, Philadelphia Delegation, Southeastern Delegation, House Democratic Human Services Committee and the House Democratic Health Committee. The media is invited to attend. Read more

 

12/4/19 – Mental Health – Allentown

(Dec 05, 2019)

Materials from a joint public roundtable with Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus hosted by State Rep. Mike Schlossberg. Read more

 

12/3/19 – College Affordability – East Stroudsburg

(Dec 05, 2019)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Maureen Madden. Read more

 

12/2/19 – Affordable Housing – Reading

(Dec 05, 2019)

Materials from a joint public hearing with Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus hosted by State Rep. Tom Caltagirone. Read more

 

Joint HDPC-PLBC hearing examines how to fight blight, decrease homelessness

(Dec 02, 2019)

State Rep. Tom Caltagirone, D-Berks, today hosted a joint House Democratic Policy Committee and Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus public hearing on affordable housing. Read more

 

Caltagirone to host joint HDPC-PLBC hearing on affordable housing Monday in Reading

(Nov 26, 2019)

State Rep. Tom Caltagirone, D-Berks, announced he will host a joint House Democratic Policy Committee and Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus public hearing on affordable housing on Monday, Dec. 2 in Reading. Read more

 

Upcoming Public Hearings

(Nov 19, 2019)

Details for upcoming House Democratic Policy Committee public hearings across Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Policy Recap: October 2019

(Nov 04, 2019)

A summary of Policy Committee meetings held in October 2019. Read more

 

11/1/19 – Climate Change: Should PA Join RGGI? – Havertown

(Nov 01, 2019)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Greg Vitali. Read more

 

10/31/19 – Film Tax Credit – Philadelphia

(Nov 01, 2019)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Maria Donatucci and State Rep. Joe Ciresi. Read more

 

Vitali holds public hearing on climate change and joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

(Nov 01, 2019)

HAVERTOWN, Nov. 1 – State Rep. Greg Vitali, D-Delaware/Montgomery, today hosted a hearing of the House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss Pennsylvania joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. “Joining RGGI is the single most important thing Pennsylvania can do to combat climate change,” said Vitali, Democratic chairman of the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. The RGGI is a 10-state cap-and-trade program designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the electric power sector. Speakers included Franz Litz , principal, Litz Energy Strategies, LLC; Chris Hoaglend , p rogram manager, Maryland Department of Environment; M. Gary Helm , lead market strategist, PJM Interconnection; Patrick McDonnell , secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; John Hanger , president, Hanger Consulting, LLC; Mark Szybist , senior attorney, Climate and Clean Energy Program , Natural Resources Defense Council; Tanya McCloskey , acting consumer advocate, Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate; and Andrew Williams , director, regulatory and legislative affairs , Environmental Defense Fund. All speakers presenting at the hearing were supportive of Pennsylvania joining RGGI. Acting Consumer Advocate Tanya McCloskey remarked, “I believe that using our generation market mechanisms through a program like RGGI is the best means to Read more

 

Donatucci, Ciresi, Policy Committee look at PA film tax credit

(Oct 31, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 31 – State Reps. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, and Joseph Ciresi, D-Montgomery, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing at the Museum of the American Resolution on the film tax credit. Donatucci and Ciresi requested the hearing to discuss the economic impacts of the Pennsylvania film tax credit program and what more the state can do to expand the film industry. They were joined by legislators from across the state, including Policy Chair Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “Pennsylvania has been the backdrop of many popular movies and TV productions, and an attractive incentives program will keep it a viable option for drivers in the film industry,” Donatucci said. “The economic benefits are vast. Expanding the film industry is not only investment in the local arts culture, but also industries, such as the trades and small businesses.” Ciresi added, “When we invest in the arts and provide tax credits to filmmakers, studies show we can benefit through economic opportunity and higher civic engagement. When you consider all of the expenses that will be incurred while filming, the numbers begin to add up quickly between travel expenses and purchases from local merchants. We need to attract more leaders from the film industry to choose Pennsylvania.” Sturla said, “As today’s hearing revealed, Pennsylvania should remain competitive with the many states seeking Read more

 

10/28/19 – Automated Shuttle Vehicles – Harrisburg

(Oct 28, 2019)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Patty Kim. Read more

 

Climate Change/RGGI Public Hearing is Nov. 1 in Havertown

(Oct 25, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 25 – State Rep. Greg Vitali, D-Delaware/Montgomery, will host a hearing of the House Democratic Policy Committee on Nov. 1 entitled “Climate Change: Should Pa. Join RGGI?”. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is a 10-state cap-and-trade program designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the electric power sector. “Pennsylvania is a major greenhouse gas emitter and joining RGGI would be perhaps the most important thing that the commonwealth could do to curb its emissions”, said Vitali, Democratic chair of the House Environmental Resource and Energy Committee. On Oct. 3, Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order directing that Pennsylvania commence development of a RGGI-compatible program. The hearing will start at 10 a.m. at the Haverford Township Administration Building, 1014 Darby Road, Havertown, 19083, in the Commissioners Meeting Room. Vitali will be joined by state legislators from across the commonwealth, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Speakers include Franz Litz , p rincipal, Litz Energy Strategies, LLC; Chris Hoaglend , p rogram manager, Maryland Department of Environment; M. Gary Helm , lead market strategist, PJM Interconnection; Patrick McDonnell, secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; John Hanger , president, Hanger Read more

 

Donatucci, Ciresi to host Policy Committee hearing on film tax credit October 31 in Philadelphia

(Oct 24, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 23 – State Reps. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, and Joseph Ciresi, D-Montgomery, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on the film tax credit next week. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 at the Museum of the American Revolution, 101 South 3 rd St., 19106. The media and public are invited to attend. Donatucci and Ciresi requested the hearing to discuss the economic impacts of the film tax credit program and what more the state can do to grow the film industry. They will be joined by legislators from across the state, including Policy Chair Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 10 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks. 10:10 a.m. Carrie Lepore, deputy secretary for Office of Marketing, Tourism and Film, DCED. 10:25 a.m. Panel One: Sharon Pinkenson , executive director, Greater Philadelphia Film Office. M. Night Shyamalan , filmmaker. Angela Miele , vice president of state tax policy, MPAA. 10:55 a.m. Panel Two: Nancy Glass , CEO/executive producer, Glass Entertainment Group. Mark Wiley , writer and producer. David Haas , member of board of directors, Wyncote Foundation. Mike McCann , board member, Pennsylvania Film Industry Association. Jeff Rotwitt , CEO and president, Sun Center Studios. 11:30 a.m. Panel Three: Thomas O’Donnell , president, Theatrical Teamsters Local 817. Read more

 

Kim and Rothman to co-chair Policy Committee hearing on automated shuttle vehicles Monday in Harrisburg

(Oct 23, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 23 – State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, announced today that the House Democratic Policy Committee will have a public hearing on automated shuttle vehicles. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, in the House Democratic Caucus Room, 418 Main Capitol Building. Media and the public are invited to attend. Kim requested the hearing to examine legislation that would enable the state Transportation Department to authorize the operation of an automated shuttle on an approved route. Rep. Greg Rothman, R-Cumberland, will sit with the Policy Committee as he has been working on this issue with Kim. Fellow state legislators, including Policy Chair Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and Rep. Jim Marshall, R-Beaver, will also be in attendance. Marshall has introduced H.B. 1078 to give PennDOT this authority. After the hearing is over, legislators and the media can take a supervised ride on an automated shuttle. The current agenda is: 10 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks 10:10 a.m. Panelists: Leslie Richards , secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Steve D’Ettorre , deputy secretary of technology and innovation, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development John Lawn , CEO, Hershey Entertainment Eric Rensel , vice president of advanced mobility for Gannett Fleming and representing the Automated Vehicle Coalition 11 a.m. Read more

 

Daley, Policy Committee discuss Waters of Pennsylvania

(Oct 21, 2019)

“With over 85,000 miles of rivers and streams and 99,000 acres of lakes, our state features some of the nation’s most beautiful and bountiful waterways. With that abundance, though, comes crucial challenges that we must face together in order to keep our waters clean and pollutant-free.” Read more

 

10/21/19 – Waters of Pennsylvania – Harrisburg

(Oct 21, 2019)

Materials from a public hearing co-chaired by State Rep. Mary Jo Daley at the Capitol. Read more

 

Otten, Democratic lawmakers to hold news conference on legislation to increase accessibility of menstrual hygiene products

(Oct 18, 2019)

EXTON, Oct. 18 – State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, will hold a news conference next week on H.B. 1708 , which would require public schools serving students in grades six through 12 to provide free menstrual hygiene products in school bathrooms. Reps. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny, and Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., and state Sen. Maria Collett, D-Bucks/Montgomery, will also speak on menstrual equity bills they will be introducing. The news conference will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22 in the Capitol Rotunda. Otten said her bill was inspired by one student’s concern over “period poverty,” or the lack of access to menstrual hygiene products. Seventeen-year-old Lilly Minor from Owen J. Roberts High School told Otten that access to these products is limited in school bathrooms, and while they can be obtained at the nurse’s office, this is not the most accessible solution. “Lilly brought this issue to my attention and reminded me that this issue is occurring even in a relatively affluent area, so the problem is likely to be significantly worse in less well-off regions of our commonwealth,” Otten said. “If girls and women cannot access these products, it impacts their ability to work, go to school and enjoy aspects of everyday life.” Innamorato’s bill will focus on providing free menstrual hygiene products in the bathrooms of classroom buildings at Read more

 

10/18/19 – Youth Mental Health – Exton

(Oct 18, 2019)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten. Read more

 

Kinsey to lead Policy roundtable with Alliance of Community Service Providers Thursday in Philadelphia
10 hours ago

12/4/19 – Mental Health – Allentown
Dec 05, 2019

12/3/19 – College Affordability – East Stroudsburg
Dec 05, 2019

12/2/19 – Affordable Housing – Reading
Dec 05, 2019

Joint HDPC-PLBC hearing examines how to fight blight, decrease homelessness
Dec 02, 2019

Caltagirone to host joint HDPC-PLBC hearing on affordable housing Monday in Reading
Nov 26, 2019

Upcoming Public Hearings
Nov 19, 2019

Policy Recap: October 2019
Nov 04, 2019

11/1/19 – Climate Change: Should PA Join RGGI? – Havertown
Nov 01, 2019

10/31/19 – Film Tax Credit – Philadelphia
Nov 01, 2019

Vitali holds public hearing on climate change and joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
Nov 01, 2019

Donatucci, Ciresi, Policy Committee look at PA film tax credit
Oct 31, 2019

10/28/19 – Automated Shuttle Vehicles – Harrisburg
Oct 28, 2019

Climate Change/RGGI Public Hearing is Nov. 1 in Havertown
Oct 25, 2019

Donatucci, Ciresi to host Policy Committee hearing on film tax credit October 31 in Philadelphia
Oct 24, 2019

Kim and Rothman to co-chair Policy Committee hearing on automated shuttle vehicles Monday in Harrisburg
Oct 23, 2019

Daley, Policy Committee discuss Waters of Pennsylvania
Oct 21, 2019

10/21/19 – Waters of Pennsylvania – Harrisburg
Oct 21, 2019

Otten, Democratic lawmakers to hold news conference on legislation to increase accessibility of menstrual hygiene products
Oct 18, 2019

10/18/19 – Youth Mental Health – Exton
Oct 18, 2019