Pricing out Pennsylvanians: How to Drive Down Drug Prices

(Jun 25, 2021)

A meeting of the Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People on how to drive down drug prices. Read more

 

Pricing out PA: How to Drive Down Drug Prices

(Jun 25, 2021)

A meeting of the House Democratic Policy Committee's Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People to discuss the rising costs of prescription drug prices. Read more

 

PA House Dems stand with election officials to defend democracy, preserve voter access

(Jun 22, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 22 -- Pennsylvania House Democrats today voted against legislation that would make it more difficult for Pennsylvanians to vote, and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee and county executives shared their concerns. Chairman Ryan Bizzarro called the bill a continued Republican attack on the voting process and democracy and a waste of time and resources, adding, “The 2020 election was safe and secure. Every voter who tried to vote for their dead mother was caught – and those were Republican voters. The current system is safe, secure and it works. We should be listening to the Republican and Democratic election officials statewide that asked for legislative fixes to address allowing them to securely process votes in an efficient manner with things like pre-canvassing and extended time for processing.” “Our mandate as Americans is to ensure that everyone can exercise their right to vote. Our mandate as legislators is to make that as easy as possible for our families, friends, and neighbors,” explained state Rep. Pete Schweyer, D-Lehigh, who serves as a vice chair of the House Democratic Policy Committee. “This legislation does the opposite and anyone who voted for it should be ashamed to go home and look these people in the eye.” Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong said, “The counties have asked for more time to count votes and more time to collect Read more

 

Virtual Hearing: Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

(Jun 22, 2021)

A hearing on preparing Pennsylvania for a digital future. Read more

 

Pennsylvania Must Dramatically Expand Access To Housing, Advocates Say

(Jun 07, 2021)

State Representative Sara Innamorato, who represents parts of the city of Pittsburgh and nearby communities, organized the hearing. In her opening remarks, she noted that investors across the country see the rental crisis as an opportunity for profit, which further imperils the growing number of Pennsylvanians who struggle to find housing. Read more

 

Policy Committee vets Fiedler, Krajewski’s administrative fix that would have major impacts on Pa. renters

(Jun 02, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 2 – Today’s roundtable discussion hosted by state Rep. Rick Krajewski further cemented the need for action on how eviction records are handled in Pennsylvania. Krajewski was joined by state Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, chair of the Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss how eviction proceedings impact tenants long-term and shared how their legislation would establish eviction expungement procedures. Fiedler explained: “I’m proud to hold his hearing to draw attention to a bill I have, with Rep. Krajewski, that would give people who have faced eviction through no fault of their own, the chance to have their record sealed and move on with their life. An eviction filing can lead to a domino effect of traumatic life-changing events that start with losing your home, and can include losing your community, your support system, your children’s school, your employment and more. We need to do everything we can as a society to prevent that from happening to adults, senior citizens, children and all families.” The committee heard testimony from Catherine Anderson, supervising attorney, eviction diversion program, Philadelphia Legal Assistance; Gale Schwartz, associate director, policy and strategic initiatives, Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania; Anne Wright, chief technology officer, RentHelpPgh; Nicolás Pastore, former legislative intern, Read more

 

Eviction Record Sealing

(Jun 02, 2021)

Legislation by state Reps. Fiedler and Krajewski on eviction records sealing Read more

 

Eviction Record Sealing: Protecting Renters

(Jun 02, 2021)

House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable discussion on eviction record sealing Read more

 

Eviction Sealing: Supporting Our Renters

(Jun 02, 2021)

A virtual roundtable discussion on supporting renters with eviction sealing. Read more

 

Alternative Housing Models to Increase Affordability and Stability- Testimony

(Jun 01, 2021)

Testimony - Alternative Housing Models to Increase Affordability and Stability hosted by Reps. Fiedler and Innamorato Read more

 

Fiedler, Innamorato share creative approaches to housing affordability at virtual public hearing

(Jun 01, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 1 – State Rep. Sara Innamorato hosted an informative hearing and discussion on how alternative housing models, affordability and stability can help Pennsylvanians build wealth through homeownership. Innamorato was joined by Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, chair of the Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People, and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee. “Everyone deserves to have a roof over their head. That’s true for families, for children and teens, for adults and for senior citizens,” explained Fiedler. “A big part of ensuring housing stability for everyone, is increasing the amount of housing that’s actually affordable. We can — and must — end the current trauma and stress so many people live with when it comes to housing!” The state of housing markets in a post-COVID-19 world was discussed with Regional Housing Legal Services’ Bob Damewood, staff attorney, and Vanessa Raymond-Garcia, policy analyst. “Our existing housing system has many flaws and leaves too many of our neighbors behind,” Innamorato said. “Many of these flaws became painfully obvious over the last year, when the pandemic put families under tremendous stress and exposed just how broken our social safety net programs are. We need to find solutions to provide more affordable and stable housing for our neighbors and empower our communities to create equity through housing policies and Read more

 

Alternative Housing Models to Increase Affordability and Stability

(Jun 01, 2021)

State Rep. Sara Innamorato is hosting a virtual hearing to discuss alternative housing models to increase affordability and stability. The hearing, of the House Democratic Policy Committee's subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People chaired by Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 1 . The hearing can be viewed below or on the committee's Facebook page -- @PADemPolicy. Read more

 

Protections for renters, eviction sealing focus of Wednesday virtual roundtable hosted by Krajewski, Fiedler

(May 28, 2021)

HARRISBURG, May 28 – State Rep. Rick Krajewski, D-Phila., is working on legislation to help people with evictions on their record and the Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People will explore how eviction sealing would impact landlords and tenants. The roundtable discussion will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 2. The media and public are invited to watch online at www.pahouse.com/policy or on the committee’s Facebook page--@PADemPolicy. Media inquiries may be submitted via email to policy@pahouse.net . Subcommittee Chair Elizabeth Fiedler and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee will join Krajewski for the roundtable discussion that will include how current law negatively impacts tenants and protects bad-acting landlords and how the proposed legislation would tackle that using a commonsense approach to ensure Pennsylvanians have access to safe housing. Information about this and other House Democratic Policy Committee hearings can be found at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more

 

Innamorato, Fiedler to discuss improving housing affordability and stability at Tuesday virtual hearing

(May 28, 2021)

HARRISBURG, May 28 – Alternative housing models to increase affordability and stability will be the focus of a virtual hearing of the Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People hosted by state Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 1. The media and public are invited to watch online at www.pahouse.com/policy or on the committee’s Facebook page--@PADemPolicy. Media inquiries may be submitted via email to policy@pahouse.net . Innamorato will be joined by Subcommittee Chair Elizabeth Fiedler and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss innovative approaches to Pennsylvania’s housing needs. Information about this and other House Democratic Policy Committee hearings can be found at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more

 

We’ve lived the pain of separation from incarcerated loved ones. Pa. can do better for families. | Opinion

(May 25, 2021)

When a family is separated because a parent is incarcerated, the emotional toll on children is lasting. COVID-19 has made it worse because corrections departments across the country have had to discontinue visits, leaving family and loved ones without opportunities to visit for over a year. Read more

 

Eviction Sealing: Supporting Our Renters

(May 25, 2021)

A hearing on supporting renters. Read more

 

We’ve lived the pain of separation from incarcerated loved ones. Pa. can do better for families. | Opinion

(May 25, 2021)

When a family is separated because a parent is incarcerated, the emotional toll on children is lasting. COVID-19 has made it worse because corrections departments across the country have had to discontinue visits, leaving family and loved ones without opportunities to visit for over a year. Read more

 

Alternative Housing Models to Increase Affordability and Stability

(May 24, 2021)

A virtual hearing no Alternative Housing Models to Increase Affordability and Stability Read more

 

Edinboro professors, alumna want more time, details on PASSHE integration plan

(May 22, 2021)

Members of the Edinboro University community told the House Democratic Policy Committee Thursday that consolidating six state schools, including Edinboro, into two would result in a loss of identity, place local communities at risk, and fail to address the core problems facing higher education. Read more

 

PASSHE consolidation, potential impacts focus of virtual House Democratic Policy Committee hearing

(May 20, 2021)

ERIE, May 20 – Positive and negative impacts of the proposed consolidation of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education were vetted at today’s House Democratic Policy Committee virtual hearing. The hearing, hosted by committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro, and state Reps. Peter Schweyer and Emily Kinkead, included testimony from educators, facility management, PASSHE leadership and students. The committee heard testimony from Dr. Sam Claster, Sociology Department Chair, Edinboro University; Lydia Laythe, Washington Township Councilperson in Erie; and Mary Jo Campbell, Professor Emeritus, Edinboro University; who all cautioned that moving forward without hearing from those directly involved in educating students and keeping schools in operation and how consolidation without addressing investment and system strains may not have the desired intention. “The bottom line is Pennsylvania ranks 48th in investment in higher education. If we want to attract and retain Pennsylvania students and prepare them for a successful future, we must address the system’s shortcomings and invest in students so we can build a stronger higher education system that positions Pennsylvania with a vibrant workforce,” explained Bizzarro. “We do need to take our time and take an approach that can have positive, longstanding impacts on our commonwealth.” Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Chancellor Dr. Daniel Greenstein and Clarion Read more

 

Pricing out Pennsylvanians: How to Drive Down Drug Prices
Jun 25, 2021

Pricing out PA: How to Drive Down Drug Prices
Jun 25, 2021

PA House Dems stand with election officials to defend democracy, preserve voter access
Jun 22, 2021

Virtual Hearing: Blockchain and Cryptocurrency
Jun 22, 2021

Pennsylvania Must Dramatically Expand Access To Housing, Advocates Say
Jun 07, 2021

Policy Committee vets Fiedler, Krajewski’s administrative fix that would have major impacts on Pa. renters
Jun 02, 2021

Eviction Record Sealing
Jun 02, 2021

Eviction Record Sealing: Protecting Renters
Jun 02, 2021

Eviction Sealing: Supporting Our Renters
Jun 02, 2021

Alternative Housing Models to Increase Affordability and Stability- Testimony
Jun 01, 2021

Fiedler, Innamorato share creative approaches to housing affordability at virtual public hearing
Jun 01, 2021

Alternative Housing Models to Increase Affordability and Stability
Jun 01, 2021

Protections for renters, eviction sealing focus of Wednesday virtual roundtable hosted by Krajewski, Fiedler
May 28, 2021

Innamorato, Fiedler to discuss improving housing affordability and stability at Tuesday virtual hearing
May 28, 2021

We’ve lived the pain of separation from incarcerated loved ones. Pa. can do better for families. | Opinion
May 25, 2021

Eviction Sealing: Supporting Our Renters
May 25, 2021

We’ve lived the pain of separation from incarcerated loved ones. Pa. can do better for families. | Opinion
May 25, 2021

Alternative Housing Models to Increase Affordability and Stability
May 24, 2021

Edinboro professors, alumna want more time, details on PASSHE integration plan
May 22, 2021

PASSHE consolidation, potential impacts focus of virtual House Democratic Policy Committee hearing
May 20, 2021