Briggs to host Policy Committee hearing on gun safety reform Tuesday in King of Prussia

(Aug 29, 2019)

KING OF PRUSSIA, Aug. 30 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, and Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on gun safety reform legislation. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s Eastern Regional Office, 251 Flint Hill Road, King of Prussia PA. The media and the public are invited to attend. After Gov. Tom Wolf called for urgent action on specific bills to address gun violence, Briggs requested the hearing to discuss the following legislation: H.B 525, to require the safe storage of firearms from children; H.B. 673, to require universal background checks; and H.B. 1288, to require the reporting of lost or stolen firearms. He will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The agenda includes speakers from the law enforcement and the medical and social services communities. Testifiers will include U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-PA; Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele; Montgomery County Sheriff Sean Kilkenny; Dr. Steven Shapiro, chair of pediatrics at Abington-Jefferson Health; Dr. Zoe Maher, assistant professor of surgery at Temple University’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine; and Deb Shoemaker, executive director of the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society. The meeting is one in a series held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, Read more

 

Davis hosts policy hearing on increasing state’s minimum wage

(Aug 29, 2019)

MUNHALL, Aug. 29 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee meeting at the Munhall Borough Building. Davis requested the hearing to discuss the state’s minimum wage, which remains lower than Pennsylvania's neighboring states of West Virginia, Maryland, New York, Delaware and New Jersey. “I wanted to make raising the state’s minimum wage a priority and keep it at the forefront of my colleague's minds,” Davis said. “Most importantly, though, I wanted to discuss how the Commonwealth would benefit from raising the minimum wage to match the current cost of living. “Today was constructive. We talked in-depth about how raising the minimum wage can empower working families, as well as create ladders of opportunity for them. We also heard from a number of panelists who concurred that it’s time to give working families a raise,” Davis said. The committee heard testimony from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry; Darrin Kelly, president, Allegheny/Fayette Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO; Diana Polson, policy analyst, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center; Bobbi Linskens, member, Restaurant Opportunities Center; James Conway, member, Restaurant Opportunities Center; Jeff Shook, associate professor, University of Pittsburgh of Social Work; LaSain Latimore, member, One PA; Jennifer Rafanan Kenney, acting executive director, Pittsburgh United; Dawn Plummer, Read more

 

Lee, Gainey host Policy Committee hearing on use of police force

(Aug 27, 2019)

State Reps. Summer Lee and Ed Gainey, both D-Allegheny, co-hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee at Hawkins Village in Rankin. Read more

 

Davis to hold policy hearing Thursday on state’s minimum wage

(Aug 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 26 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, will hold a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on Pennsylvania’s minimum wage. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 at the Munhall Borough Building, Council Chambers, 1900 West St., Munhall. The media and public are invited to attend. Davis requested the hearing to discuss the state’s current minimum wage status, how it compares to neighboring states and the benefit of increasing wages to reflect the current cost-of-living. He will be joined by legislators from across the state. The current agenda is: 10 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 10:10 a.m. Panel from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Bryan Smolock , Director of the Bureau of Labor Law Compliance. Kelley Martini , Policy Director. 10:40 a.m. Panel Two: Darrin Kelly , President, Allegheny/Fayette Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO. Diana Polson , Policy Analyst, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center. Sarah Fishbein , Vice President, SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania. Bobbi Linskens , Member, Restaurant Opportunities Center. James Conway , Member, Restaurant Opportunities Center. 11:30 a.m. Panel Three: Jeff Shook , Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. LaSain Latimore , Member, One PA. Jennifer Rafanan Kenney , Acting Executive Director, Pittsburgh United. Dawn Plummer , Executive Director, Pittsburgh Food Read more

 

8/19/19 – Technology Workforce – Erie

(Aug 22, 2019)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Bob Merski. Read more

 

Merski, Policy Committee investigate ways to grow technology workforce

(Aug 19, 2019)

ERIE, Aug. 19 – State Rep. Bob Merski, D-Erie, held a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing today at Mercyhurst University to discuss ways Pennsylvania can bolster its technology workforce. “It’s clear that the tech industry is only continuing to grow, fueled by businesses’ demand for state-of-the-art information technology and cybersecurity services,” Merski said. “Cities like Erie are quickly becoming home to startup tech companies that bring jobs and help stimulate the economy.” Joining Merski were legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Sturla added: “Companies need highly skilled workers to compete, and bridging the skills gap is especially challenging in the tech field, which is constantly evolving.Today’s hearing on how we can bolster our tech workforce to keep pace with demand was a great first step.” Testifiers included Dr. Leanne Roberts, provost and vice president for academic affairs, Mercyhurst University; Steven Mauro, vice president of academic administration, Gannon University; and Karl Sanchak, president and CEO, Erie Innovation District. The hearing was one in a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, providing health care access, creating quality schools and providing training for jobs in a fair economy. More information about the plan is Read more

 

8/16/19 – Financial Future of Pennsylvanians – Pittsburgh

(Aug 16, 2019)

Materials from a public roundtable hosted by State Rep. Jake Wheatley, Jr. Read more

 

Wheatley holds roundtable on the financial future of Pennsylvanians

(Aug 16, 2019)

State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable discussion at BNY Mellon on the financial future of Pennsylvanians. Read more

 

8/15/19 – Reducing HCBS Waiver Waitlist – Lansdale

(Aug 15, 2019)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Liz Hanbidge. Read more

 

8/14/19 – Transportation Infrastructure – Souderton

(Aug 15, 2019)

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

 

8/13/19 – Environmental Justice – Philadelphia

(Aug 15, 2019)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta. Read more

 

8/12/19 – Fair Education Funding – Coatesville

(Aug 15, 2019)

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

 

Hanbidge, Policy Committee look at Reducing HCBS Waiver Waitlist Times

(Aug 15, 2019)

LANSDALE, Aug. 15 – State Rep. Liz Hanbidge, D-Montgomery, held a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing today at the Towamencin Township Building to discuss reducing the Home- and Community-Based Services Waiver Waitlist. “I’m glad we are choosing to shine a spotlight on the HCBS waiver waitlist, which is standing in the way of over 13,000 Pennsylvanians from receiving essential support services,” Hanbidge said. “By waiving their right to institutional care, individuals with disabilities on the waiver waitlist are opting to save our commonwealth billions of dollars but often receive no critical support services in return for years. This is unacceptable. After hearing from many stakeholders and activists at my Policy Committee Hearing, I am encouraged that we can make reducing the HCBS Waiver Waitlist a reality.” Hanbidge requested the hearing to discuss ways to reduce the wait times for individuals with disabilities, and the most vulnerable amongst us. She was joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “Many of those on these waitlists are in desperate need of care and there should be no reason they have to wait for their support services that could potentially save their lives,” Sturla said. “I’m glad that Representative Hanbidge has worked with us to draw more attention to this backlog so that we might find a way to relieve it Read more

 

Malagari, Policy Committee examine transportation infrastructure

(Aug 14, 2019)

In Montgomery County, and across the state, it’s crucial that our communities are interconnected. People need access to good jobs and health services, and this begins with investment in transportation infrastructure. Read more

 

Kenyatta, Policy Committee discuss environmental justice in disadvantaged communities

(Aug 13, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 13 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., held a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing today at Lutheran Settlement House to discuss environmental justice. Kenyatta requested the hearing in his legislative district, the 181 st , to discuss environmental justice and health issues affecting Pennsylvanians, particularly those in disadvantaged communities. He was joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “In Philadelphia, many of our residents send their children to school buildings where lead paint poses a serious health risk, many of our residents are dealing with health issues related to air quality, and many of our residents are seeing daily the impact of pollution,” Kenyatta said. Sturla added, “People in our urban centers, especially those people in disadvantaged communities, are being put at risk by the environmental factors around them. Today’s hearing provided an opportunity for experts in the field to explore those risk factors and possible solutions.” Testifiers included Justin Dula, eastern regional coordinator for the Office of Environmental Justice, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; Dr. Marilyn Howarth, director of community outreach and engagement, University of Pennsylvania’s Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology; Ebony Griffin, staff attorney for Environmental Justice, The Public Interest Read more

 

Rep. Williams, Policy Committee discuss fair education funding

(Aug 12, 2019)

Williams requested the hearing to discuss ways to improve the allocation of educating funds for school districts throughout Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Hanbidge to host Policy Committee hearing on Reducing HCBS Waiver Waitlist Thursday in Lansdale

(Aug 12, 2019)

LANSDALE, Aug. 12 – State Rep. Liz Hanbidge, D-Montgomery, announced she will be hosting a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on reducing the Home- and Community-Based Services Waiver Waitlist. Hanbidge requested the hearing in order to address constituents’ concerns about the length of the HCBS waitlist since there are currently over 13,000 Pennsylvanians with disabilities waiting to receive essential support services. She will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The hearing will be held on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. at the Towamencin Township Building, 1090 Troxel Road, Lansdale, PA 19446. The media and public are invited to attend. The current agenda is: 10:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 10:10 a.m. Jeremy Yale , Director of Bureau Policy and Quality Management, Office of Development Programs, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services 10:40 a.m. Panel of Advocates: Sheila Stasko , Director, PA Waiting List Campaign Paul Stengle , Chief Executive Officer, The Arc Alliance Celia Feinstein , Executive Director, Temple Institute of Disabilities 11:30 a.m. Closing Remarks For more information, call Hanbidge’s district office at 610-277-3230. This hearing is among a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, providing health care access, Read more

 

Malagari to host policy hearing on transportation infrastructure Wednesday in Souderton

(Aug 09, 2019)

State Rep. Steve Malagari will host a policy hearing to discuss ways to improve transportation infrastructure for Pennsylvania. The hearing will include testifiers from SEPTA, PennDOT and local municipalities. Read more

 

Policy Recap: July 2019

(Aug 05, 2019)

A summary of Policy Committee meetings held in July 2019. Read more

 

7/25/19 – Green PA: Working Towards A Sustainable Future – West Chester

(Jul 25, 2019)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Carolyn Comitta. Read more

 

Briggs to host Policy Committee hearing on gun safety reform Tuesday in King of Prussia
Aug 29, 2019

Davis hosts policy hearing on increasing state’s minimum wage
Aug 29, 2019

Lee, Gainey host Policy Committee hearing on use of police force
Aug 27, 2019

Davis to hold policy hearing Thursday on state’s minimum wage
Aug 26, 2019

8/19/19 – Technology Workforce – Erie
Aug 22, 2019

Merski, Policy Committee investigate ways to grow technology workforce
Aug 19, 2019

8/16/19 – Financial Future of Pennsylvanians – Pittsburgh
Aug 16, 2019

Wheatley holds roundtable on the financial future of Pennsylvanians
Aug 16, 2019

8/15/19 – Reducing HCBS Waiver Waitlist – Lansdale
Aug 15, 2019

8/14/19 – Transportation Infrastructure – Souderton
Aug 15, 2019

8/13/19 – Environmental Justice – Philadelphia
Aug 15, 2019

8/12/19 – Fair Education Funding – Coatesville
Aug 15, 2019

Hanbidge, Policy Committee look at Reducing HCBS Waiver Waitlist Times
Aug 15, 2019

Malagari, Policy Committee examine transportation infrastructure
Aug 14, 2019

Kenyatta, Policy Committee discuss environmental justice in disadvantaged communities
Aug 13, 2019

Rep. Williams, Policy Committee discuss fair education funding
Aug 12, 2019

Hanbidge to host Policy Committee hearing on Reducing HCBS Waiver Waitlist Thursday in Lansdale
Aug 12, 2019

Malagari to host policy hearing on transportation infrastructure Wednesday in Souderton
Aug 09, 2019

Policy Recap: July 2019
Aug 05, 2019

7/25/19 – Green PA: Working Towards A Sustainable Future – West Chester
Jul 25, 2019