Policy roundtable: Committee talks green construction and innovation

(23 hours ago)

“I’m always proud to introduce colleagues and friends to some of the great resources located in the heart of my legislative district,” co-host Rep. Dan Frankel said. “Phipps has been a leader in green innovation, opting to make changes 20 years ago that some organizations and businesses are finally accepting today, including the creation of three of the greenest buildings in the world.” Read more

 

Public Safety and Nightlife

(1 day ago)

Submitted testimony for a policy hearing on Public Safety and Nightlife, hosted by state Rep. Jessica Benham on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2003. Read more

 

Policy Roundtable: Union leaders discuss importance of organizing

(Feb 03, 2023)

“Unions are part of the fabric and history of Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania,” said state Rep. Dan Miller, who co-hosted the roundtable discussion. “The history of our state can’t be written without recognizing the contributions unions have delivered for Pennsylvania workers – and Pennsylvania’s economy. Unions not only help put food on the tables for the families of workers, but they have also been the driving force behind innovation, setting prevailing fair wages and securing worker safety. Unions’ lasting legacy, however, continues to be their ability to provide a better way of life for millions of workers and their families.” Read more

 

Policy Hearing: In search of election solutions, not political games

(Feb 02, 2023)

“I’m hopeful real change can take place on this issue,” Policy Chairman and state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro said. “After extremists wasted two straight election cycles floating one conspiracy theory after another and filing repeated failed lawsuits, I’m optimistic we will see progress. Extremists in Harrisburg have finally admitted they need to embrace mail-in voting.” Read more

 

Election Reform

(Feb 02, 2023)

Testimony for the House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on election reform Read more

 

Policy Hearing: Misclassification hurts workers, taxpayers and state

(Jan 27, 2023)

“This is a widespread, multimillion-dollar illegal practice happening across Pennsylvania in numerous industries and career fields,” Policy Chairman Ryan Bizzarro said. “It’s robbing our workers, it’s hurting our families, and – quite honestly – it’s creating a greater tax burden on the citizens and employers who are living by the rules and paying their fair share. The testimony we heard today should motivate responsible lawmakers to support a multi-faceted response, including several of the recommendations put forth by the task force.” Read more

 

Health care staffing at 'crisis' level

(Jan 27, 2023)

"A patient my age who came in for abdominal surgery that was pretty simple died because there were not enough staff," Michelle Boyle, a union nurse with SEIU Healthcare PA, told the panel. "Those nurses (involved in that patient's care) no longer work in nursing" because of the personal impact of the case." Read more

 

Worker Misclassification

(Jan 27, 2023)

Testimony for the House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on worker misclassification Read more

 

Policy Hearing: Testifiers detail issues affecting health care staffing

(Jan 26, 2023)

“While the pandemic did not cause these issues, it crystalized the problem in a way where the public became acutely aware of its importance,” said Rep. Arvind Venkat, an emergency physician and the first physician to serve in the PA General Assembly in about 60 years. “Unfortunately, no silver bullet – or magical solution – exists to fix this complicated problem. As we saw when we peeled back layers of the issue today, addressing one issue often calls for the need to find a solution to several more related issues." Read more

 

Health Care Staffing Crisis

(Jan 26, 2023)

Submitted and written testimony for the Thursday, Jan. 26 Policy Committee hearing on the Health Care Staffing Crisis. Read more

 

Bizzarro welcomes new leaders to House Democratic Policy team

(Dec 08, 2022)

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee, announced new vice chairs, as well as two new subcommittee chairs. Read more

 

Online higher education takes center stage at House Dem Policy hearing

(Oct 26, 2022)

The House Democratic Policy Committee convened a hearing Wednesday morning in Harrisburg to discuss the affordability and accessibility of online higher education options across Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Online Higher Education

(Oct 25, 2022)

Submitted testimony on hearing on Online Education hosted Oct. 25, 2022 in Harrisburg. Read more

 

Education Funding: The Promise of Level Up, Need for Charter Funding Reform, and Threat of School Vouchers

(Oct 12, 2022)

Submitted testimony for Policy Committee hearing held on Oct. 12, 2022 in Sharon. Read more

 

Testifiers plea for updated Pa. charter school law during policy hearing

(Oct 11, 2022)

The House Democratic Policy Committee convened a hearing Tuesday afternoon to discuss the need to reform Pennsylvania’s charter school law and address teacher shortages across the state. Read more

 

The Future of Education in Cambria County

(Oct 11, 2022)

Submitted testimony by testifiers for the Policy Committee hearing on Oct. 11, 2022 in Johnstown. Read more

 

Environmental Justice

(Oct 05, 2022)

Submitted testimony for the joint hearing on environmental justice held with the Policy Committee and the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus on Oct. 5, 20022 in Harrisburg. Read more

 

State government should refocus its efforts on environmental justice

(Oct 05, 2022)

“As we heard in testimony today, many of the biggest challenges facing our communities are rooted in race,” Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus Chair Donna Bullock said. “In order to overcome these challenges – including poverty and environmental burdens – it is imperative we address and eliminate racial disparities by changing policies and some of the flawed practices we have seen in the past.” Read more

 

Joint HDPC/PLBC Hearing: Environmental Justice

(Oct 04, 2022)

The Policy Committee will join with the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus for a discussion on environmental justice and the impact it has on different communities across Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Policy committee tours groundbreaking research incubator in Bucks County

(Oct 04, 2022)

The House Democratic Policy Committee was in Bucks County Tuesday morning for a tour and roundtable discussion at the Blumberg Institute in Doylestown. Read more