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

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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

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

 

10/17/19 – Comprehensive Sex Education – Philadelphia

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Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Brian Sims. Read more

 

10/16/19 – Student Loan Debt – Radnor

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Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara. Read more

 

10/15/19 – Stormwater Management and Infrastructure – West Chester

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Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Christina Sappey. Read more

 

Sims, Policy Committee look at comprehensive sex education

(Oct 17, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 17 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at Thomas Jefferson University to explore mandating science-based, inclusive and age-appropriate sex education to help reduce teen pregnancy, cases of sexual assault and better prepare Pennsylvania’s youth to be healthy adults. “Pennsylvania students are not being fully prepared when it comes to their sexual health and well-being before graduating into adulthood. Teen births in the United States still hover at 20.3 births per 1,000 for females aged 15 to 19, people under 25 account for nearly half of new cases of sexually transmitted infections annually, and sexual violence is rampant on college campuses,” Sims said. “The abstinence-only teaching is archaic and does not address sexual, cultural or identity questions students face in their formative years. It is imperative that we implement a mandatory comprehensive and inclusive sex education curriculum that is thorough and digestible for all grade levels to educate our young people about healthy sexual behavior.” Sims has introduced H.B. 1586 that would require Pennsylvania school districts to integrate comprehensive sex education into the curriculum for all grade levels, teach contraception methods for older students and mandate affirmative sexual consent as part of the required sexual violence awareness educational program at higher education institutions. Read more

 

O’Mara, Policy Committee and Republican lawmakers examine student loan debt

(Oct 17, 2019)

RADNOR, Oct. 17 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing Wednesday at Cabrini University on the student debt crisis. O’Mara was joined by both Democratic and Republican lawmakers from throughout Pennsylvania, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and Reps. Meghan Schroeder and Wendi Thomas, both R-Bucks. “Student loan debt is crushing Americans across the country, but most particularly right here in Pennsylvania. Our commonwealth ranks third highest in the nation for student loan debt, with our college graduates owing an average of about $37,000,” O’Mara said. “College graduates are carrying this debt for the majority of their lives, and its impacting not only their personal finances, but Pennsylvania’s economy as well,” Sturla said. “It’s forcing graduates to postpone major life decisions like getting married, having children and buying houses.” The committee heard testimony from college graduates; Ken Mash, president, Association of Pennsylvania State College & University Faculties; Tom Foley, president, Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Pennsylvania; Nathan Hench, senior vice president for Strategy and Public Affairs, Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency; Nick Smyth, assistant director for Financial Consumer Protection, Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Read more

 

Sappey, Policy Committee examine stormwater management and infrastructure

(Oct 16, 2019)

State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, hosted a House Policy Committee hearing at the East Bradford Township Building on severe weather’s impact on infrastructure and stormwater management. Read more

 

Otten to hold policy hearing on youth mental health Friday in Exton

(Oct 15, 2019)

EXTON, Oct. 15 – State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, will hold a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on youth mental health. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18 at the Lionville YMCA, 100 Devon Drive. The media and public are invited to attend. Otten requested the hearing to discuss factors contributing to the growing youth mental health crisis, along with efforts and proposed solutions to end the stigma associated with mental health and improve access to care and outcomes for children and youth. Otten will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Panelists will include: Dr. Jane Thompson, psychotherapist, Chester Springs Clinical Associates LLC Anna Wojcik, student, Downingtown East High School Sara Stein, student, Downingtown East High School Mary Kwiatkowski, parent, Owen J. Roberts School District Bradley J. Dyer, pediatrician and founder, All Star Pediatrics Perk Musacchio, author, retired teacher and educational consultant Monica Reinhard-Gorney, author/educational counselor Cindy Kruse, Educational and Workforce consultant Dr. Pamela Brown, Southeastern Region president, PSEA Dr. Bridgette Miles, principal, Coatesville Area School District Cynthia Black, president, board of directors, Communities That Care of Greater Downingtown Candy Read more

 

Daley to co-chair Policy Committee hearing about the Waters of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg on Monday

(Oct 15, 2019)

Daley requested the hearing to discuss issues facing rivers, dams, the fishing and outdoor recreation industry and agriculture all related to the waters of Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Sims to host Policy Committee hearing on comprehensive sex education Thursday in Philadelphia

(Oct 15, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 11 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on comprehensive sex education. The hearing will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 at Thomas Jefferson University, Foederer Auditorium, 2 nd floor -- College Building, 1015 Walnut St, 19107. The media and public are invited to attend. Sims has introduced legislation that would require school districts to incorporate age-appropriate, inclusive and science-based comprehensive sex education into the curriculum of all grade levels, including contraception methods for older students. Sims will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 2:00 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks. 2:10 p.m. Panel One: Melissa Weiler Gerber , president and CEO, AccessMatters. Aletha Akers , MD, MPH,FACOG, associate professor of Pediatrics, The Craig Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine. Lynette Medley , MEd, founder/CEO, No More Secrets Mind Body Spirit, Inc. Carlee Warfield , student, Downingtown STEM Academy. 2:45 p.m. Panel Two: Miciah Foster , SistahSpeak! youth project coordinator, New Voices for Reproductive Justice. Dr. Amanda Micucio , general pediatrician, Nemours duPont Pediatrics-Philadelphia. Patricia Fonzi , president and CEO, Family Health Council of Central PA. Read more

 

10/10/19 – Ending Assault Weapons Violence – Pittsburgh

(Oct 10, 2019)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Ed Gainey. Read more

 

10/9/19 – Adverse Childhood Experiences – Pittsburgh

(Oct 10, 2019)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Jake Wheatley, Jr. Read more

 

10/8/19 – Ending Overdose Deaths: Harm Reduction As Drug Policy – Pittsburgh

(Oct 10, 2019)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Sara Innamorato. Read more

 

10/7/19 – Homecare in PA – Pittsburgh

(Oct 10, 2019)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Bill Kortz. Read more

 

O’Mara to hold Policy hearing on student loan debt Wednesday in Radnor

(Oct 10, 2019)

RADNOR, Oct. 10 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, will hold a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing next week on the student debt crisis. The hearing will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Cabrini University’s Grace Hall Atrium, 610 King of Prussia Road. The media and public are invited to attend. O’Mara requested the hearing to discuss how the state legislature can relieve this financial burden that many Pennsylvanians carry and how it affects Pennsylvania’s economy. O’Mara will be joined by legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and Republican members of the House Student Debt Caucus. O’Mara is the founder of the bipartisan House Student Debt Caucus and serves on the Public Higher Education Commission. She also plans to introduce legislation that would create a student borrowers’ bill of rights. The current agenda is: 10:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 10:10 a.m. Panel One: Rebecca Yacker , West Chester University graduate Shannon Bertoni , West Chester University graduate Ken Mash , president, Association of Pennsylvania State College & University Faculties Tom Foley , president, Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Pennsylvania 10:40 a.m. Questions & Answers 11:00 a.m. Nathan Hench , senior vice Read more

 

10/3/19 – Jobs and the Labor Market – Essington

(Oct 03, 2019)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. David Delloso. Read more

 

10/2/19 – Autism Awareness – Abington

(Oct 03, 2019)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Ben Sanchez. Read more

 

9/30/19 – Single Use Plastics and HB 1322 – Doylestown

(Oct 03, 2019)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Wendy Ullman. Read more

 

Delloso, Policy Committee examine jobs, labor market

(Oct 03, 2019)

State Rep. David Delloso, D-Delaware, hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at IAM AW Local Lodge 1776 on jobs and the labor market. Delloso requested the hearing to discuss ways Pennsylvania can improve the job market. Read more

 

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

10/18/19 – Youth Mental Health – Exton
1 day ago

10/17/19 – Comprehensive Sex Education – Philadelphia
1 day ago

10/16/19 – Student Loan Debt – Radnor
1 day ago

10/15/19 – Stormwater Management and Infrastructure – West Chester
1 day ago

Sims, Policy Committee look at comprehensive sex education
Oct 17, 2019

O’Mara, Policy Committee and Republican lawmakers examine student loan debt
Oct 17, 2019

Sappey, Policy Committee examine stormwater management and infrastructure
Oct 16, 2019

Otten to hold policy hearing on youth mental health Friday in Exton
Oct 15, 2019

Daley to co-chair Policy Committee hearing about the Waters of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg on Monday
Oct 15, 2019

Sims to host Policy Committee hearing on comprehensive sex education Thursday in Philadelphia
Oct 15, 2019

10/10/19 – Ending Assault Weapons Violence – Pittsburgh
Oct 10, 2019

10/9/19 – Adverse Childhood Experiences – Pittsburgh
Oct 10, 2019

10/8/19 – Ending Overdose Deaths: Harm Reduction As Drug Policy – Pittsburgh
Oct 10, 2019

10/7/19 – Homecare in PA – Pittsburgh
Oct 10, 2019

O’Mara to hold Policy hearing on student loan debt Wednesday in Radnor
Oct 10, 2019

10/3/19 – Jobs and the Labor Market – Essington
Oct 03, 2019

10/2/19 – Autism Awareness – Abington
Oct 03, 2019

9/30/19 – Single Use Plastics and HB 1322 – Doylestown
Oct 03, 2019

Delloso, Policy Committee examine jobs, labor market
Oct 03, 2019