House Democratic Policy Committee to hear about school paraprofessional needs

(Feb 17, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 17 -- After hearing concerns faced by local education support staff, Pennsylvania state Rep. Mike Schlossberg requested a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing to find out more about what role the legislature could play in assisting, recruiting, and retaining these essential employees. The hearing will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 and can be viewed online at www.PaHouse.com/policy or the Policy Committee’s Facebook page, @PADemPolicy . The media and public are encouraged to attend. Media inquiries may be submitted via email to policy@pahouse.net . Schlossberg, along with Chairman Ryan Bizzarro and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee will discuss how the COVID-19 crisis pushed school districts into unknown territory and the challenges that arose and how to best support the support staff essential to every school day, especially for Pennsylvania’s neediest students. Ensuring a quality education for children is enshrined in Pennsylvania’s constitution and is a core issue for Bizzarro and the Policy Committee. You can read more about the committee’s focus and efforts here . Read more

 

Improving rail, roads, waterways, technology could fuel jobs and public safety efforts

(Feb 17, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 17 – Economic recovery, job creation, improved infrastructure and statewide development could benefit from a $4 trillion National Infrastructure Bank as discussed at today’s House Democratic Policy Committee hearing. The committee heard testimony and held a roundtable discussion on how implementation of the National Infrastructure Bank would help the state improve broadband access, address transportation needs and invigorate the economy. “We’re in need of a revolutionary approach to addressing technological and public safety needs. Invoking the National Infrastructure Bank would have impacts that reach every community of this state,” Policy Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro said. State Rep. Ed Neilson, co-host of today’s hearing, added, “If we have an opportunity to bridge the digital divide for both cities and rural areas, we must take it. Ultimately, our future depends on this investment. We can improve the trajectory of our economic recovery, help develop a workforce for the future and be a leader in both.” Macroeconomist Alphecca Muttardy noted that every $1 invested via the National Infrastructure Bank could generate a $3 to $7 return and that .09 cents of every dollar would go back to the state government in revenues. This return would help repay the low-interest loans used to fund projects. Stanley Forczek, an infrastructure expert having previously served Amtrak, highlighted that Read more

 

A National Infrastructure Bank - Testimony

(Feb 17, 2021)

Testimony on the House Democratic Policy Committee's discussion on a national infrastructure bank Read more

 

National Infrastructure Bank

(Feb 17, 2021)

The House Democratic Policy Committee is hosting a virtual hearing to discuss the development of a national infrastructure bank. Representatives Ed Neilson, Eddie Pashinski, Mary Jo Daley, Joe Ciresi, Pam Snyder and Kyle Mullins will co-host the hearing. The hearing will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 17 at www.pahouse.com/policy and on the committee's Facebook page . The public and media are encouraged to tune in. Media questions may be submitted to policy@pahouse.net. Watch here: Read more

 

Collaboration and accountability between administration, care providers key in long-term care COVID-19 recovery

(Feb 16, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 16 -- State Rep. Joe Hohenstein, D-Phila., hosted today’s House Democratic Policy Committee hearing where legislators heard from state agencies and long-term care facility staff about how long-term care facilities are navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

 

COVID in Long-Term Care - Testimony

(Feb 16, 2021)

Testimony from the Feb. 16, 2021 hearing on COVID in Long-Term Care. Read more

 

Virtual Hearing: Mental Health in Schools

(Feb 16, 2021)

Rep. Nick Pisciottano - Mental Health in Schools Read more

 

Virtual Hearing: The COVID/Charter Crisis

(Feb 16, 2021)

Rep. Mary Isaacson - COVID/Charter Crisis Read more

 

Virtual Hearing: "A People’s Budget: The Environment"

(Feb 16, 2021)

Rep. Fiedler, the Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People - Progressive Environment Budget Read more

 

Virtual Hearing: Powering PA

(Feb 16, 2021)

Powering PA: 21st Century Energy Jobs Read more

 

Virtual Hearing: Health & Safety in Public Transportation

(Feb 16, 2021)

Health & Safety in Public Transportation Read more

 

Vaccine hesitancy an issue in long-term care facilities in Pa.

(Feb 16, 2021)

“The nursing home crisis is now more urgent and deadly than it’s ever been,” Matt Yarnell, of SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania, testified Tuesday at a Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee hearing. Read more

 

COVID-19 in Long-Term Care

(Feb 16, 2021)

House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on COVID-19 in Long-Term Care facilities hosted by Rep. Joe Hohenstein. Read more

 

Virtual Hearing: Delaware River Basin

(Feb 15, 2021)

Protecting the Delaware River Basin Read more

 

Virtual Hearing: Racial & Gender Bias in the Court System

(Feb 15, 2021)

Racial & Gender Bias in the Court System Read more

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Registry Act solution to PA vaccine registration troubles

(Feb 15, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 15 – In response to challenges faced by eligible Pennsylvanians seeking to get vaccinated, Reps. Ryan Bizzarro, Pam Snyder, Jennifer O’Mara, and Austin Davis are introducing legislation that would streamline the registration and notification process. The Vaccine Registry Act would direct the Pennsylvania Department of Health to create a statewide database of people who are eligible and willing to accept the vaccine and permit them to schedule for themselves, their spouses or significant others, and their families. Registrants may also provide evidence of risk status and proof of eligibility and make note of how far they are willing to travel to be vaccinated. Vaccine providers would be required to commit to accessing the registry and prioritizing registrants for scheduling appointments, to prevent people from spending hours trying to find and sign up for available appointments. “We cannot flounder any longer without a plan which allows people to easily register for vaccine access for themselves and their families, the frustration is real and growing and we cannot wait any longer. I look forward to working with the Department of Health and Governor Tom Wolf on this creative solution for a centralized system that recognizes the independence of our providers,” said Bizzarro, D-Erie, and chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, added: Read more

 

Long-term care facility challenges amidst COVID-19 focus of House Democratic Policy Committee hearing Tuesday

(Feb 12, 2021)

Specifically, Chairman Ryan Bizzarro, Hohenstein and members of the Policy Committee look forward to learning more on the state Department of Health’s efforts to protect vulnerable populations and their caregivers. Read more

 

Virtual Hearing: Paraprofessionals

(Feb 11, 2021)

The House Democratic Policy Committee and state Rep. Mike Schlossberg will host a virtual hearing to discuss paraprofessionals . The hearing will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 18 at www.pahouse.com/policy and on the committee's Facebook page . The public and media are encouraged to tune in. Media questions may be submitted to policy@pahouse.net. Watch here: Read more

 

Virtual Hearing: National Infrastructure Bank

(Feb 11, 2021)

The House Democratic Policy Committee will host a virtual hearing to discuss the development of a national infrastructure bank. Representatives Ed Neilson, Eddie Pashinski, Mary Jo Daley, Joe Ciresi, Pam Snyder and Kyle Mullins will co-host the hearing. The hearing will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 17 at www.pahouse.com/policy and on the committee's Facebook page . The public and media are encouraged to tune in. Media questions may be submitted to policy@pahouse.net. Watch here: Read more

 

Virtual Hearing: COVID-19 in Long-Term Care

(Feb 11, 2021)

The House Democratic Policy Committee and state Rep. Joe Hohenstein will host a virtual hearing to discuss COVID-19 in long-term care facilities. The hearing will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, February 16 at www.pahouse.com/policy and on the committee's Facebook page . The public and media are encouraged to tune in. Media questions may be submitted to policy@pahouse.net. Watch here: Read more