Policy Recap: March 2020

(Apr 06, 2020)

A summary of Policy Committee meetings held in March 2020. Read more

 

3/12/20 – State of the Care Workforce in PA – Exton

(Mar 12, 2020)

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

 

3/11/20 – Labor Jobs and Apprenticeships – Philadelphia

(Mar 12, 2020)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Jason Dawkins. Read more

 

3/10/20 – Volunteer Firefighters and EMS – Hatfield

(Mar 12, 2020)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Steve Malagari. Read more

 

3/9/20 – Understanding Charter School Funding – Doylestown

(Mar 12, 2020)

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

 

Malagari to host Policy Committee hearing on volunteer firefighters and EMS

(Mar 06, 2020)

MONTGOMERY , March 6 – State Rep. Steve Malagari, D-Montgomery, today announced that the House Democratic Policy Committee will be hosting a public hearing on volunteer firefighters and EMS. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 at Hatfield Township Building, 1950 School Road, Hatfield, PA 19440. Media and the public are invited to attend. Malagari requested the hearing to help facilitate solutions for shortages of volunteers for public servants and volunteers such as firefighters and EMS that can lead to saving lives. He continues to push for additional grants and funding for these organizations to assist in equipment purchases, debt reduction and training. After the hearing is over, legislators will be on-site to answer questions from the media. The current agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 2:10 p.m. Panel of Local Fire Companies and EMS: Jerry Guretse , president, Telford Volunteer Fire Co. Debbie Wellington , treasurer, North Penn Good Will Services Marv McKown , president, Tylersport Volunteer Fire Co. Jim Gallagher , president, Perseverance Volunteer Fire Co. 3 p.m. Closing Remarks ### Read more

 

Otten to hold policy hearing in Exton on the state of the care workforce

(Mar 05, 2020)

EXTON, March 5 – State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, will hold a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on the state of the care workforce in Pennsylvania. The hearing will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 12, at the Abraham Fetters-White School, 134 Sharp Lane. The media and public are invited to attend. Otten requested the hearing to discuss the rising need for and shortage of care workers for senior citizens and individuals with disabilities; the need to raise wages and reimbursements for home health care workers and direct support professionals; and the need to ensure safe work conditions for all care workers, whether in the home or in a facility setting. Otten will be joined by legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Panelists will include: Kevin Hancock, deputy secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Matt Yarnell, president, SEIU Healthcare PA. Lolita Owens, homecare worker, Liberty Resources. Tynia Stevens, nurse aide, Bryn Mawr Extended Care Center. Lauren House, intellectual disability deputy administrator, Chester County Department of Mental Health/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Jeanne Meikrantz, executive director, The Arc of Chester County. Pennsylvania Homecare Association. Deborah Rowe, vice president, nursing workforce development, PA Health Care Association. Read more

 

3/3/20 – Disability and Mental Health Policy Issues – Pittsburgh

(Mar 05, 2020)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Dan Miller. Read more

 

3/2/20 – Educational Paths – Avalon

(Mar 05, 2020)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl. Read more

 

Ullman to hold policy hearing on understanding charter school funding Monday in Doylestown

(Mar 05, 2020)

DOYLESTOWN, March 4 – State Rep. Wendy Ullman, D-Bucks, will hold a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on understanding charter school funding. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. March 9 at Bucks County Administration Building, Room 110, 55 E. Court St. Ullman requested this hearing to collect testimony from both sides of the charter school funding issue, which will also include a discussion of Gov. Tom Wolf’s charter school reform plan in his proposed budget this year. Ullman will be joined by fellow legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current hearing agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 2:10 p.m. Adam Schott , special assistant to the secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Education 2:40 p.m. Panel One of Local School Districts: Dr. David Bolton , superintendent, Pennridge School District Dr. William Harner , superintendent, Quakertown School District Dr. John Kopicki , Superintendent, Central Bucks School District Drew Bishop , business administrator, Palisades School District 3:30 p.m. Panel Two from the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools: Maurice Flurie , CEO, Commonwealth Charter Academy Wendy Ormsby , director of organization development & founder, Souderton Charter School Collaborative Ryan Schumm , leadership team member, Read more

 

Ravenstahl, Policy Committee discuss educational pathways and early college legislation

(Mar 03, 2020)

State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl, D-Allegheny, hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing today in Avalon on educational pathways and his legislation to extend early college programs to more high schools in Pennsylvania Read more

 

Policy Recap: February 2020

(Feb 28, 2020)

A summary of Policy Committee meetings held in February 2020. Read more

 

2/25/20 – Voting and Elections – Philadelphia

(Feb 27, 2020)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Chris Rabb. Read more

 

2/24/20 – Opioid Epidemic – Exton

(Feb 27, 2020)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Kristine Howard. Read more

 

Rabb, Policy Committee discuss voting and elections

(Feb 26, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 26 – Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee held a hearing Tuesday, Feb. 25 to discuss voting and elections after recent historic changes were made to the state’s voting laws. “Voting is one of the most cherished rights endowed to the people in this country,” Rabb said. “When we cast our ballot, we’re giving voice to our values by choosing the people we want to serve as our representatives in the spheres that govern many aspects of our lives and determine how our resources are spent. Understanding the recent changes to our voting laws, which will affect people across Pennsylvania for years to come, is vital to our democracy, which is why I was grateful for the opportunity to facilitate discussion on the topic at this Policy Committee hearing.” Rabb was joined by fellow state legislators, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “We must ensure that every Pennsylvanian who is eligible to vote understands the process so that his, her or their voice can be heard,” Sturla said. “Having conversations like the one at Tuesday’s Policy Committee hearing really brings that idea home.” Testifiers at the hearing held at the United Lutheran Seminary included Rachel Boss, community impact manager in the Bureau of Campaign Finance and Civic Engagement, PA Department of State; Omar Sabir, Read more

 

Rabb to host Policy Committee hearing on voting and elections Tuesday in Philadelphia

(Feb 21, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 21 – Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on voting and elections next week. The hearing will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 at United Lutheran Seminary, The Brossman Center, 7301 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, 19119. Rabb requested the hearing to discuss the changes to Pennsylvania’s voting laws with Act 77 of 2019 – the most comprehensive changes to the state’s election laws in more than 80 years – and how those changes will affect voters starting this year. He will be joined by fellow legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 4:10 p.m. Panel One: Rachel Boss , Community Impact Manager in Bureau of Campaign Finance and Civic Engagement, Pa. Department of State Omar Sabir , City Commissioner, City of Philadelphia 4:50 p.m. Panel Two: Patrick Christmas , Policy Director, Committee of Seventy Marc Stier , Director, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center 5:30 p.m. Panel Three: Sara Mullen , Associate Director, ACLU of Pennsylvania Kendra Cochran , Statewide Voter Engagement Coordinator, POWER Interfaith 6:10 p.m. Closing Remarks This hearing is among a series being held across the state on House Read more

 

2/20/20 – Community College Affordability – Nanticoke

(Feb 20, 2020)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski. Read more

 

2/19/20 – Mental Health Professional Shortages in Schools – Dickson City

(Feb 20, 2020)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Bridget Kosierowski. Read more

 

2/18/20 – Municipal Tax Burden – Scranton

(Feb 20, 2020)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Mary Flynn. Read more

 

Kosierowski, HDPC look at mental health professionals in schools

(Feb 19, 2020)

DICKSON CITY, Feb. 19 – State Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at Dickson City Borough on the shortage of mental health professionals in schools. Kosierowski was joined by fellow state legislators, including HDPC Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, to discuss the importance of schools having mental health professionals available. She is working on legislation that would establish a loan forgiveness program for individuals seeking to serve as school counselors, psychologists, or social workers. “The mental health crisis does not only impact adults, it affects many of our young students as well,” Kosierowski said. “The safety and well-being of children is one of my core issues as a lawmaker, and I want to make sure our schools have the staff and resources they need to help students address mental issues like depression and anxiety.” Sturla added, “It is critical that schools have mental health professionals that can readily help students who are overcoming adverse childhood experiences. I commend Representative Kosierowski for spotlighting this issue, so we can provide better support to schools and to those Pennsylvanians pursuing a career in this mental health field. The panelists included: Meghna Patel, deputy secretary for health innovation, Pennsylvania Department of Health; Sister Gail Cabral, professor of Read more