House Democratic Policy Committee to hold public hearing on municipal fees for state police coverage Monday in Pittsburgh

HARRISBURG, March 22 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, announced today that the House Democratic Policy Committee will hold a public hearing to discuss fee schedules for municipalities that do not have local police forces and currently receive free coverage from the Pennsylvania State Police.

The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 27 at the University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union, Assembly Room, 3959 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh.

A Legislative Budget and Finance Committee report released today estimated that the state police was overfunded by $222.2 million for patrol services from the Motor License Fund in fiscal year 2015-16. The state police received $755 million from this fund due to increased costs for covering municipalities that do not have local police.

The current hearing agenda is:

2:00 p.m.      Welcome and Opening Remarks

2:10 p.m.      Panel One:

  • Dan Cessna, District 11 executive, PennDOT
  • Marita Kelley, deputy director, Governor’s Center for Local Government Services
  • Lt. Col. Stephen Bucar, deputy commissioner of staff, PA State Police

2:50 p.m.      Joe Kovel, president, Pennsylvania State Troopers Association

3:10 p.m.      Elam Herr, assistant executive director/government affairs, PA State Association of Township Supervisors

 3:40 p.m.      Panel from Shaler Township:

  • Tom McElhone, Commissioner
  • Tim Rogers, Manager

4:10 p.m.      Abe Amoros, PA Legislative Director, LiUNA! – Mid-Atlantic Region

4:30 p.m.      Closing Remarks    

###