Phillips-Hill, Sturla appointed co-chairs of bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission

(May 10, 2023)

Joint press release with Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill. Read more


April 2023 Newsletter

(May 02, 2023)

Newsletter for the 96th legislative district. Read more


Constituent Survey

(Apr 13, 2023)

Share your thoughts about legislative issues and events. Read more


McClinton Reaffirms House Democrats' Commitment to Ensuring Fair Education Funding, Fixing Unconstitutional System

(Apr 11, 2023)

HARRISBURG, April 11 – Citing February’s landmark Commonwealth Court ruling that Pennsylvania’s education funding system is unconstitutional, Speaker of the House Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, said today that the state needs to act now to fix the inequitable system that has shortchanged a generation of students, and reappointed state Reps. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., to serve on the state’s Basic Education Funding Commission. Sturla and Isaacson will join House Education Committee Chairman Pete Schweyer, D-Lehigh, on the commission. “These three lawmakers are proven leaders on education issues and true champions for our public schools and students,” McClinton said. “Pennsylvania’s shared future depends on a well-educated workforce, and we build that future today by ensuring our students thrive academically, socially and civically. We need to tackle the commonwealth’s school funding challenge thoughtfully and swiftly.” The Basic Education Funding Commission was first established in 2014 to address the inequities in Basic Education Funding across the commonwealth and examine the state’s Basic Education Funding formula. The commission released a report in 2015 recommending the General Assembly adopt a new formula to deliver state dollars to Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts. By accounting for need-based factors like student enrollment and local wealth, the Read more


Sturla and Smith-Wade-El secure $2.3M for Lancaster transportation and public works projects

(Mar 16, 2023)

LANCASTER, March 16 – State Reps. Mike Sturla and Ismail Smith-Wade-El, both D-Lancaster, announced today that they had secured $2,326,905 for Lancaster’s multimodal and local public improvement projects from the Commonwealth Financing Authority. “I thank the CFA for recognizing the important work of our local organizations and the City of Lancaster to our community,” Sturla said. “These vital awards will enable them to continue to enhance their services for the benefit of our residents.” “We are proud and grateful to have been able to secure these funds which will serve critical housing, social and community development needs,” Smith-Wade-El said. “Thank you to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for sharing this community’s vision of what we all deserve.” The funding will help the following projects: $200,000 to the City of Lancaster to construct an eastbound bicycle lane on Fulton Street in Lancaster City. $400,000 for South Ann Concerned Neighbors to construct a community hub where all neighborhood individuals are provided community resources. $476,905 for SACA Development Corporation to complete building renovations to their human services facility, El Centro Hispano. $250,000 for Tenfold to complete a comprehensive renovation its 112-year-old TLC shelter facility, to provide better temporary housing and supportive services for people experiencing homelessness. $1,000,000 for YWCA Read more


Sturla named chair of Housing and Community Development Committee

(Mar 07, 2023)

HARRISBURG, March 7 – State. Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, has been named the majority chair of the House Housing and Community Development Committee by Speaker of the House Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., for the 2023-24 legislative session. “Having served as the Democratic chair of the House Urban Affairs Committee last session, I proposed that the committee be renamed the Housing and Community Development Committee to better reflect the committee’s work. I look forward to continuing the committee’s efforts to address important issues, such as affordable housing, blight, redevelopment and growth management.” Sturla added, “Since I was the majority chair of the House Professional Licensure Committee during the 2007-08 legislative session, I am prepared to effectively serve as a majority chair again and I expect a productive bipartisan session.” The Republican chair of the House Housing and Community Development Committee is Rep. Rich Irvin, R-Huntingdon/Franklin. The committee officially organized today in the House chamber. Committee members are Reps. Aerion Abney, D-Allegheny; Anthony Bellmon, D-Phila., Amen Brown, D-Phila.; Jose Giral, D-Phila.; Roni Green, D-Phila.; Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny; Tarik Khan, D-Phila.; Rick Krajewski, D-Phila.; Dave Madsen, D-Dauphin; Josh Siegel, D-Lehigh; Ismail Smith-Wade-El, D-Lancaster; James Barton, R-Schuylkill/Berks; Jill Cooper, R- Westmoreland; Thomas Jones, Read more


Smith-Wade-El & Sturla: GOP should redirect its wrath about school district budgets to cybercharters

(Feb 08, 2023)

The funding system in Pennsylvania is broken, but this is not a “can we fix it?” question. We have the tools, and we have the political will to pass real solutions. Are our colleagues in the GOP ready to join us? Read more


Sturla relocates Constituent Services Office to 1560 Lititz Pike

(Dec 27, 2022)

LANCASTER, Dec. 27 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, today announced that his relocated constituent services office at 1560 Lititz Pike is now fully operationally 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office phone number remains 717-295-3157. “Due to redistricting, I had to move my Lancaster office to the center of the new 96 th Legislative District. This location will make it easier for constituents from Manheim Township and East Petersburg to visit, while Lancaster City residents can also take Red Rose Transit Authority’s Bus Route 5 to the Lancaster Shopping Center, since we are across the street.” Sturla also said that his constituents are invited to an open house at the new office from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4. “I urge my constituents to swing by the open house at any time to meet my staff and find out how we can help them with any state-related matters,” Sturla said. “If you can’t make it, just give us a call or go to for assistance.” Read more


2022 Back to School Event Photos

(Aug 09, 2022)

Photos from Rep. Sturla's 11th Annual Back to School Event. Read more


2022 Back to School Event Video

(Aug 09, 2022)

Video about Rep. Sturla's 11th Annual Back to School Event. Read more


August 2022 Newsletter

(Aug 09, 2022)

Newsletter for the 96th legislative district. Read more


Education Flyer - English

(Aug 04, 2022)

Rep. Sturla provided this education flyer at his Back to School Event on August 7, 2022. Read more


Education Flyer - Spanish

(Aug 04, 2022)

Rep. Sturla provided this education flyer at his Back to School Event on August 7, 2022. Read more


Sturla helps secure nearly $2 million for affordable housing in Lancaster

(Jun 09, 2022)

LANACASTER, June 9 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, thanks the Board of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency for today approving $1,936,000 from the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement fund for affordable housing initiatives in Lancaster. “As Democratic Chair of the House Urban Affairs Committee, I have been very active this session in working on legislative solutions, including establishing the PHARE fund, to increase affordable housing throughout Pennsylvania,” Sturla said. “I was happy to offer my support for our local PHARE applicants and I congratulate them on their funding.” The local PHARE recipients are: YWCA Lancaster was awarded $250,000 to add 16 newly constructed residential units and renovate their exiting 38 residential units at their downtown facility. SACA Development Corporation was awarded $350,000 to complete the Conestoga North Phase II Project, which will construct nine single family homes for first time homebuyers whose income is below 80% of median. Building and Supporting Entrepreneurship of Southeast Lancaster was awarded $200,000 for its Home Ownership Made Equal (H.O.M.E.) Phase II Program that assists minority families of low to moderate income with owning their first home. The Housing Authority of the City of Lancaster was awarded $336,000 to renovate Read more


March 2022 Newsletter

(Feb 25, 2022)

Newsletter for the 96th legislative district. Read more


Sturla, Muth introduce Pennsylvania Water Resource Act

(Nov 08, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 8 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and state Sen. Katie Muth, D-Chester/Montgomery/Berks, announced today that they have introduced the Pennsylvania Water Resource Act in both the House ( H.B. 20 ) and the Senate ( S.B. 868 ) to improve water quality. Their legislation would charge extraordinary water users a nominal per-gallon fee for removing water from Pennsylvania waterways, either 1/100 of a cent per gallon ($0.0001) for those who return the water or 1/10 of a cent per gallon ($0.001) for those who never return it. Thus, a 10,000-gallon withdrawal would cost $1 per day and $10 per day respectively. “For too long, Pennsylvania has allowed its precious water resource to be used for free by extraordinary water users who take over 8 billion gallons of water every day. Our legislation would raise $350 million annually to help state agencies, municipalities, watershed organizations and authorities improve water quality throughout our commonwealth,” Sturla said. “I am grateful to work with Representative Sturla on companion legislation to establish the Pennsylvania Water Resource Act and to ensure that our most precious natural resource is protected and safe to drink,” Muth said. “Our bill would allow the Commonwealth to invest in water improvement and stormwater management projects without placing any financial burden on residential and agricultural water consumers. Improving the quality and accessibility Read more


Sturla thanks PLCB for approving economic development-restaurant liquor license for Southern Market Food Hall

(Oct 27, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 27 – According to S tate Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board today approved Willow Valley Communities’ application for a new economic development – restaurant liquor license, referred to as an EDR, at its board meeting in Harrisburg. “I thank the PLCB for its approval, which will assist Lancaster city-based entrepreneurs in being successful in the Southern Market Food Hall,” Sturla said. “This food hall project is a partnership between Willow Valley Communities and Lancaster Equity that serves as a perfect example of what the EDR liquor license should be used for. I was glad to help this partnership throughout the PLCB application process.” Sturla noted that the Southern Market Food Hall will create a physical connection between the downtown core and south Lancaster, while revitalizing an underutilized landmark building in a key location. Sturla voted for the law that created EDRs in 2000, which allows a license to be granted for economic development reasons, even if the number of existing restaurant licenses in the county exceeds the ratio of 1 license per 3,000 inhabitants. Read more


October 2021 Newsletter

(Oct 18, 2021)

Newsletter for the 96th legislative district. Read more


2021 Back to School Event

(Aug 23, 2021)

United Way of Lancaster County's video of Rep. Sturla's 10th Annual Back to School Event on August 14-16, 2021. Read more


Sturla to hold 10th Annual Back to School Event on Aug. 14 at Clipper Magazine Stadium: Patients R Waiting Vaccination Clinic will also be held at same time and place

(Aug 06, 2021)

LANCASTER, Aug. 6 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, will hold his 10 th annual Back to School Event from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 14 at Lancaster Barnstormers’ Clipper Magazine Stadium, 650 N. Prince St. Due to the pandemic, there will be no special activities. Instead, registered families with students in K-8 th grade will drive up or walk up to receive their students’ pre-packaged backpacks, which include shoes, uniforms, school supplies, books and masks. There is still time to register at . Patients R Waiting will also be available at Clipper Magazine Stadium from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 14 to provide first or second dose shots of the COVID-19 vaccination for adults and children aged 12 and older, even if they are not picking up a backpack. Walk ups are allowed for this clinic, and it is open to everyone in the community. While the Back to School Event will also occur from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 15 and Aug. 16, over 800 of the nearly 1,400 currently registered students will attend Aug. 14. Sturla’s staff will be available to field questions about state-related issues. Read more