Veterans Support - Testimony

(Aug 16, 2021)

Testimony from state Rep. Hill-Evans' hearing on supporting veterans suffering from PTSD. Read more

 

Role of Labor in Police Reform

(Aug 16, 2021)

A meeting with the PLBC on the role of labor in police reform. Read more

 

Herrin to host public hearing Tuesday with focus on quality, reliable childcare access

(Aug 13, 2021)

WEST CHESTER, Aug. 13 – Childcare and families’ access to quality, educational care are the focus of state Rep. Dianne Herrin’s House Democratic Policy Committee hearing. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17 at the West Goshen Township Building, 1025 Paoli Pike, West Chester. The public and media are encouraged to attend. Masks are required for all attendees . Herrin, D-Chester, will be joined by Vice Chair Joe Ciresi and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee to learn more about childcare facilities, the challenges they face and how addressing staffing, program quality and funding can impact the state long-term. “High-quality early childhood education sets up a strong foundation for the success of our children,” Herrin said. “This policy hearing will address the systemic issues facing our early education system, including a lack of affordability for families, too few high-quality programs, and staffing shortages due to low wages for the educators.” Media inquiries may be submitted to policy@pahouse.net . ### ATTENTION NEWS EDITORS: The hearing will be streamed live at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkrhNCoiAF_G-SenampnZFQ Read more

 

Supporting veterans focus of Hill-Evans public hearing Monday

(Aug 13, 2021)

YORK, Aug. 13 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans will host a public hearing to discuss legislative efforts to support veterans, especially those experiencing homelessness and PTSD. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 16 at the York County Fairgrounds, Verandah Room, 334 Carlisle Ave. The public and media are invited to attend. Hill-Evans will be joined by members of the House Democratic Policy Committee to learn more about H.B.s 688 and 698 and other issues faced by veterans. State Sen. Katie Muth, who has companion legislation in the Senate, will also attend the hearing. Media inquiries may be submitted to policy@pahouse.net . Read more

 

Philadelphia schools share how they are tackling a third pandemic year

(Aug 11, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 11 – Reopening Philadelphia’s schools was the focus of a tour and roundtable of the House Democratic Policy Committee hosted by state Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., on Wednesday. Philadelphia School District Chief Information Officer Melanie Harris led the tour of Kensington Health Sciences followed by a roundtable with legislators to discuss the challenges faced this year and beyond. “Over the last 18 months, we have invested in solutions for students to safely learn virtually from home, and now, with COVID-19 still very much with us and variants on the rise, we are asking school districts — not just in Philadelphia but across the Commonwealth — to create the answers for how our students can safely return to schools and keep them open," Isaacson said. "This is a question that we've never had to answer, one that the CDC is constantly revising as the virus mutates. Today, we heard concerns and sought answers as to how our students will return to classrooms and be provided a quality education in a structured, safe and welcoming classroom when so much is uncertain and ever-changing. Much needs to be done to help our schools navigate these uncharted waters or our children and the next generation are the ones who will be lost.” “The flexibility and resilience of the Philadelphia School District has been impressive,” said Policy Chairman Ryan Bizzarro. Read more

 

Philadelphia School Tour- Kensington Health Sciences - Testimony

(Aug 11, 2021)

Agenda and testimony from Rep. Mary Isaacson's tour of Kensington Health Sciences. Read more

 

Protecting public spaces, expanding infrastructure improvements focus of Driscoll’s public hearing

(Aug 10, 2021)

Phila. Aug. 10 – Open green spaces, waterways, and broadband investments often get left behind in infrastructure conversations, but state Rep. Mike Driscoll partnered with Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon and the House Democratic Policy Committee to have a comprehensive conversation about how they must be considered when making investments. Driscoll welcomed Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro and members of the committee for the hearing where coordination amongst efforts was a key part of investment efforts. The hearing included robust conversation from City of Philadelphia officials including Michael A. Carroll, deputy managing director, Anthony Bocchicchio, director of operations for Parks and Recreation and Councilman Bobby Henon. “If the last 18 months has proven anything, it is that our public spaces are a necessary investment that our state must make,” said state Rep. Mike Driscoll, D-Phila. “Our trails, parks, outdoor rec spaces have been utilized during this shutdown caused by the pandemic and it is very apparent that the use of these places will not end. Our tax dollars are meant, in part, to provide funding for our leisure enjoyment and well-being. Today’s hearing and those testifying provided information that proves the enormous worth of these facilities and locations to the commonwealth.” “I want to especially thank Holy Family University for hosting this hearing on their Read more

 

Infrastructure and Public Spaces

(Aug 10, 2021)

Rep. Mike Driscoll is hosting the House Democratic Policy Committee for a public hearing on infrastructure and public spaces. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10 at Holy Family University, 9801 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia. The public and media are encouraged to attend and inquiries may be submitted to policy@pahouse.net. Read more

 

Connecting Philadelphia Communities focus of Tuesday public hearing

(Aug 09, 2021)

Phila. Aug. 9 – State Rep. Mike Driscoll is hosting the House Democratic Policy Committee for a public hearing on infrastructure and public spaces. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10 at Holy Family University, 9801 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia. The public and media are encouraged to attend. Media inquiries may be submitted to policy@pahouse.net . Driscoll will be joined by Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro and members of the committee to discuss how urban design and city planning can improve public health, accessibility and even encourage tourism. The following participants are scheduled to testify at the hearing: Rachel Reyna, Section Chief, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources , Bureau of Forestry , Rural & Community Forestry Section Stephanie Phillips, Executive Director, Riverfront North Partnership Cara Ferr entino , Program Officer, Great Public Spaces, William Penn Foundation Linde Lauff , President, Friends of Pennypack Park For additional information, visit www.pahouse.com/policy . Read more

 

Jobs and healthcare access focus of Temple Health Juniata Park Campus Tour Monday

(Aug 08, 2021)

PHILA., Aug. 8 – Philadelphia Delegation Chairman Jason Dawkins is hosting the House Democratic Policy Committee for a tour and roundtable discussion of the former Cancer Centers of America facility, Temple Health's Juniata Park Campus. The tour will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 9 at 1331 E. Wyoming Ave., Philadelphia. The hearing is open to the media and inquiries may be submitted to policy@pahouse.net . Chairman Dawkins will be joined by Policy Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee for a tour of their recently-purchased facility and discuss how the acquisition will impact patient care, healthcare access, and jobs in the region. Visit www.pahouse.com/policy for more information about this and other committee events. ### Read more

 

Policy Tour: Reopening Philadelphia Schools

(Aug 06, 2021)

A tour of Philadelphia Schools hosted by Policy Committee Vice Chair Mary Isaacson. Read more

 

Policy Hearing: Infrastructure and Public Spaces

(Aug 06, 2021)

A public policy hearing hosted by Rep. Mike Driscoll. Read more

 

Touring Temple Health

(Aug 06, 2021)

A House Democratic Policy Committee tour and roundtable discussion hosted by Philadelphia Delegation Chairman Jason Dawkins. Read more

 

Economic Impact of Local Breweries, Distilleries and Wineries

(Aug 04, 2021)

Rep. Bob Merski is hosting the House Democratic Policy Committee for a hearing on the economic impact of local breweries, distilleries and wineries. The hearing will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, August 4 at the Bayfront Convention Center, 1 Sassafras Pier, Erie, PA 16507. The public and media are welcome to attend the hearing! Media inquiries may be submitted to policy@pahouse.net. Read more

 

Policy Hearing: Lake Erie College of Medicine

(Aug 03, 2021)

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine is the most applied to medical school in the country and the House Democratic Policy Committee will tour the facility and host a roundtable discussion to learn more about its impact on education, medical care and Erie's economy. State Representatives Pat Harkins, Bob Merski and Chairman Ryan Bizzarro welcome members of the committee and the media to join them for the tour at 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 3 at 1858 W. Grandview Blvd., Erie. Media inquiries may be submitted to policy@pahouse.net. Read more

 

Erie Delegation to tour LECOM Tuesday

(Aug 02, 2021)

ERIE, Aug. 2 – State Representatives Pat Harkins, Bob Merski and Ryan Bizzarro are welcoming members of the House Democratic Policy Committee for a tour of Lake Erie College of Medicine, the nation’s most applied-to medical school. The tour will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 3 at 1858 W. Grandview, Blvd., Erie. The media is encouraged to attend and can submit inquiries to policy@pahouse.net . A roundtable discussion will follow the facility tour, aimed at learning more about LECOM’s impact on education, medical care and Erie’s economy. Information about this and other House Democratic Policy Committee hearings can be found at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more

 

Representative Ryan Bizzarro shows House Democratic Policy Committee erosion and infrastructure of Presque Isle

(Aug 02, 2021)

The House Policy Committee visits Presque Isle State Park for a tour of the park's project needs and to learn more about its economic impact on the region. Read more

 

Erie Reps. Bob Merski and Ryan Bizzarro to host conversation on economic impact of local breweries, distilleries, wineries

(Aug 02, 2021)

ERIE, Aug. 2 – State Representatives Bob Merski and Ryan Bizzarro are hosting a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing where local breweries, distilleries and wineries will share how they are providing jobs, getting creative in their respective crafts and adapting to regulatory changes. The hearing will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, August 4 at the Bayfront Convention Center, 1 Sassafras Pier, Erie, PA 16507. The media and public are encouraged to attend and can submit inquiries to policy@pahouse.net . Legislators from across the state will join Merski and Bizzarro for a discussion on how businesses have partnered with other local industries, adapted during the pandemic and what the state can do to support growth and recovery efforts for the industry. Information about this and other House Democratic Policy Committee hearings can be found at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more

 

Presque Isle State Park

(Aug 02, 2021)

Policy Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro is welcoming DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee to Erie to share the beauty and benefits of Presque Isle State Park. The tour will being at 1 p.m. Monday, August 2 at Presque Isle State Park, 301 Peninsula Dr., Tom Ridge Center. This event is open to legislators and the media is encouraged to attend. Inquiries may be submitted to policy@pahouse.net. Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro, Policy Committee to tour Presque Isle State Park Monday

(Jul 30, 2021)

ERIE, July 30 – In an effort to highlight the economic and environmental beauty that is Presque Isle State Park, state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro is welcoming DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee for a tour of the 3000+ acre state park. The tour will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, August 2 at Presque Isle State Park, 301 Peninsula Dr., Tom Ridge Center. The media is encouraged to attend. Inquiries may be submitted to policy@pahouse.net . Information about this and other House Democratic Policy Committee hearings can be found at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more