Pennsylvanians are sending a message; House Democrats’ Plan4PA responds

(Mar 17, 2020)

By the PA House Democratic leadership team When we return to Harrisburg after spending time in our legislative districts, we always bring back with us a pretty simple and clear message from the people we represent. The families, local business owners and community leaders we speak with at home want a Pennsylvania where public officials are fighting for them, not just the special interests and politically connected who lobby at the state Capitol every day. Working families are tired of struggling day after day to get by while big corporations and special interests get all the breaks. Our neighbors tell us it’s time for Harrisburg to stop putting politics ahead of the people, and it’s time to for us to stand together for a Pennsylvania that works for all of us. That’s why PA House Democrats have made the priorities we share with the people we represent the engine that drives our Plan4PA policy agenda. We want to grow our economy and create Good Jobs everywhere. That’s why our Plan4PA calls for jobs that pay real wages and support families. Our plan protects workers, gives them a voice in the workplace and a chance to retire. It supports careers and financial stability, not just a temporary job and the constant fear of insecurity. We want people to have access to Affordable Health Care so they can visit the doctor when they are sick. That’s why our Plan4PA Read more

 

February 2020 Newsletter

(Feb 20, 2020)

Newsletter for the 96th legislative district. Read more

 

House Democrats embrace Wolf’s vision for Pennsylvania

(Feb 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – House Democratic leaders praised the 2020-21 budget proposal outlined today by Gov. Tom Wolf, saying it closely tracks the Democratic Caucus’ own policy agenda, the Plan For Pennsylvania . “Governor Wolf is showing the way to make Pennsylvania a better place to live, learn and work,” said Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. “House Democrats are matching his vision with our plan for affordable health care, quality schools, good jobs, a safe and healthy environment, and justice for all people.” Wolf’s budget proposal includes heavy investment in public schools and early childhood education, as well a new workforce initiative to prepare more workers for in-demand jobs. Wolf proposed a new scholarship program to help students in the State System of Higher Education avoid crushing student debt. “This budget is a bold approach to fixing some of Pennsylvania’s most pressing issues, including reducing gun violence, increasing the minimum wage, ensuring our schools are safe places for our children to learn and addressing the rising cost of higher education,” said Democratic Whip Jordan Harris. “I’m especially glad to see Governor Wolf address the student debt crisis. Education is the elevator out of poverty and considering Pennsylvania’s students have the highest level of student loan debt in the nation, that elevator is essentially broken. The legislature must act to address this Read more

 

Fall 2019 Newsletter

(Oct 30, 2019)

Rep. Mike Sturla's Fall 2019 Newsletter. Read more

 

Sturla reappointed to Special Education Funding Commission

(Aug 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 26 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster and Democratic Policy Committee Chairman, today announced his reappointment to the Special Education Funding Commission. “It is due to the important work of the Special Education Funding Commission and its reports that we have a better understanding of the long-term impact state funding has on the ability of schools to meet the needs of children with disabilities,” Sturla said. “I look forward to continuing to work on this commission, as well as the Basic Education Funding Commission, to ensure that together we are making the best recommendations for our children and increasing their chances at opportunities. It’s crucial that we take a strong interest in helping students achieve academically and fulfill their individual potential based on their needs.” The Special Education Funding Commission has held public hearings throughout the state starting in 2013, receiving testimony from dozens of witnesses, including students, parents, educators, and national experts. All of which emphasized the long-term impact of investments in schools to set up the highly complex and costly set of supports and services needed to address all children’s needs. Close to 320,000 children with disabilities, 18 percent of Pennsylvania students, receive special education services in Pennsylvania public schools. The range of disabilities is comprised of speech impairments, learning disabilities, Read more

 

Sturla to host 8th annual Back to School Giveaway Sunday

(Aug 22, 2019)

LANCASTER, Aug. 22 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, will hold his eighth annual Back to School Giveaway from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25 inside Lancaster Barnstormers’ Clipper Magazine Stadium, 650 N. Prince St. During the event, School District of Lancaster students in grades K-8 will receive a free haircut, backpack, uniform, shoes, and book while also enjoying music, food, games and community activities. Students will also be provided a free meal and free ticket to the 5 p.m. Lancaster Barnstormers game. Students must be in attendance and accompanied by an adult to receive items. Over 1,300 students have already registered to attend. Same-day registration will also be available. Sturla’s staff and other community partners will also be on site to field questions about state-related issues and provide information about state programs and other services. ### ATTENTION NEWS EDITORS/ASSIGNMENT DESKS: Media coverage of this event is invited. CONTACT: Jim Dawes Office of Rep. Mike Sturla Phone: 717-787-3555 Email: jdawes@pahouse.net Read more

 

House Democrats preparing to compel action on Restore PA

(Jun 10, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 10 – House Democratic leaders indicated that if vital legislation implementing Gov. Wolf’s plan to meet infrastructure needs throughout the state does not move quickly, they are prepared to take steps to force the issue. Speaker Mike Turzai referred the Restore Pennsylvania bill (H.B. 1585, sponsored by Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny) to the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee last week. The panel’s chairman is a Republican who often brags of his refusal to advance any legislation sponsored by Democrats. The Restore Pennsylvania bill has 99 House co-sponsors from both parties. Democratic Leader Frank Dermody said several of his colleagues are preparing a discharge resolution to get Wheatley’s bill out of the committee and brought to the full House for consideration. “The people of Pennsylvania need the benefits that Restore Pennsylvania will deliver,” Dermody said. “From flood control to blight remediation to increased broadband deployment across the state, the state has many unmet infrastructure needs for which no other realistic funding source has been identified.” Democratic Policy Chairman Mike Sturla, who co-chaired a House-Senate policy hearing today on the RestorePA proposal, announced at the meeting’s conclusion that he’s ready to file the discharge resolution as soon as possible. “We heard a lot today about the benefits of this broad-ranging proposal,” Read more

 

Spring 2019 Newsletter

(May 10, 2019)

Rep. Mike Sturla's Spring 2019 Newsletter Read more

 

Lancaster Water Week 2019

(May 07, 2019)

Lancaster Water week is June 1 through the 8. The week is filled with events that include music, outdoor recreational activities, and educational sessions. All are welcome to participate in clean up efforts on Saturday, June 8! Visit www. Additional information about water week is available at www.lancasterwaterweek.org WW 2019 39s 720HD from Natural Light Films on Vimeo . Read more

 

House Democrats offering Beyond Safe Schools legislative package Wednesday in Capitol Media Center

(May 06, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 6 – House Democrats today announced they will unveil a legislative package to address school safety measures that intend to strengthen supports that go beyond physical safety measures. The news conference will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 8 in the Capitol Media Center. The media and public are invited to attend. The comprehensive package includes 15 pieces of legislation that address supporting Pennsylvania educators, programs and support services aiming to help students and educators feel more safe and secure at school. School security, trauma-informed training, mental health screenings, bullying prevention and support staff ratios are all addressed. Rep. Dan Miller, Education Committee Democratic Chairman James Roebuck, Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla and other sponsors and supporters of the package will attend. The package is part of 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. Additional information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com . Additional information about the package will be available at www.pahouse.com/beyondsafeschools . Read more

 

Daley, Policy Committee highlight the importance of unions at public hearing

(Apr 24, 2019)

PLYMOUTH MEETING, April 24 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at the UFCW Local 1776 Meeting Hall titled, “Why Unions?” focusing on the role unions play in protecting workers’ rights. Daley requested the hearing to bring together her legislative colleagues from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and stakeholders to discuss the need unions play for workers. "Basic worker rights such as the 40-hour work week, workplace safety regulations, child labor laws and much more. It’s important that we recognize as the workforces evolve and times change, that we must keep up with the times and provide protections workers drastically need,” stated Daley. “Last year, CEO wages went up nearly 18 percent while worker wages stayed stagnant. Unions help to ensure that hardworking men and women are paid family-sustaining wages. When we allow CEOs and big companies to pay low wages, we’re giving them a free pass while their workers must rely on state assistance just to get by,” explained Sturla. “I’m happy to stand with Rep. Daley to support unions and workers who help boost Pennsylvania’s economy.” The committee heard testimony from: Gerald Oleksiak, Secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry; and a panel of unions including: Wendell Young IV, President, United Food & Read more

 

4/11/19 – Adverse Childhood Experiences – Lancaster

(Apr 11, 2019)

Materials from House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Mike Sturla. Read more

 

Sturla, Policy Committee host Lancaster roundtable discussion on adverse childhood experiences

(Apr 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG , April 11 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable discussion to learn more about adverse childhood experiences, referred to as ACEs, and the lifelong impact they have on the brain. The hearing, held at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, was the second in a series held across the state to further explore how these experiences impact children’s cognitive development, and the impact adverse childhood experiences have on education, health care and correctional costs. “I want to make clear that while ACEs stands for adverse childhood experiences, the studies and experts have shown that ACEs have lifelong impacts that ultimately cost the state. Kids who can’t focus in school because of the burden of trauma could need more remedial and special education. Some of these kids may end up in the pipeline to prison, instead of realizing their full potential. Many will need mental health services as adults and it could cost some their lives,” Sturla said. “Taking a trauma-informed approach to educating our children will save society as a whole and also bring hope to those who experience ACEs.” Roundtable participants included: Jeffrey Martin, managing physician, Care Connections, and associate director, Family and Community Medicine; Lark Eshleman, executive director, About Child Trauma Foundation; Alice Yoder, executive director of community health, Penn Read more

 

Sturla to host House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on ACEs Thursday in Lancaster

(Apr 08, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 8 – Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, announced today he will host a public roundtable discussion on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the lifelong impact ACEs has on the brain. The roundtable will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 11 at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, Stager Conference Room 3, Ground Floor, 555 North Duke Street, Lancaster. The media and public are invited to attend. Sturla, Chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee, said the hearing is the second in a series held across the state to further explore how these experiences impact children’s cognitive development, and the impact ACEs has on education, health care and correctional costs. The current agenda is: 10:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 10:10 a.m. Panelists: Jeffrey Martin , Associate Director of Family and Community Medicine, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health Lark Eshleman , Executive Director, About Child Trauma Foundation Alice Yoder , Executive Director of Community Health, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health Melanie Snyder , Executive Director, Lancaster County Reentry Management Organization Erin Elliott , Chief Development Officer, Boys and Girls Club of Lancaster 11:30 a.m. Closing Remarks The meeting is one in a series held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first, good jobs, health care access, quality schools and job training, and a fair Read more

 

Sturla Addresses Childhood Mental Health Issues

(Mar 29, 2019)

As chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee, Pa. state Rep. Mike Sturla joined his colleagues for a public hearing to discuss the lifelong impacts of childhood mental health. He explains why this issue is critical to families across the commonwealth. Read more

 

House Democratic Policy Committee studies adverse childhood experiences

(Mar 25, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 25 – The impact of adverse childhood experiences including homelessness, food insecurity, domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, and child abuse were the focus of today’s House Democratic Policy Committee at the state Capitol. Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, requested the hearing to discuss how traumatic experiences impact children’s cognitive development and how communities can come together to address the issue. The hearing confirmed that adverse childhood experiences have a lifelong impact on children that ultimately affect the societal costs of education, health care and corrections. “I’m committed to bringing the committee together to hear testimony on the long-term impacts traumatic experiences have on children. ACEs don’t just impact children in poverty; it’s the kid who witnesses alcoholism, drug use, or is the victim of sexual abuse. They aren’t limited by socioeconomic status,” Sturla explained. “Identifying children who are suffering through these experiences could help us get them the assistance they need to overcome the trauma.” The committee heard testimony from Dr. Roy Wade, instructor of pediatrics and general pediatrician, University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Dr. Maria McColgan, child abuse pediatrics fellowship director and associate professor of pediatrics, Child Abuse Research Education Service Read more

 

Adverse childhood experiences focus of House Democratic Policy Committee Capitol hearing Monday

(Mar 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG , March 20 – The House Democratic Policy Committee will host a public hearing to discuss adverse childhood experiences and the lifelong impact ACEs has on the brain. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 25 in the House Democratic Caucus Room, 418 Main Capitol Building. The media and public are invited to attend. Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, requested the hearing to further explore how these experiences impact children’s cognitive development, and the impact ACEs has on education, health care and correctional costs. The current agenda is: 10 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks 10:10 a.m. Panelists: Dr. Roy Wade Instructor of pediatrics and general pediatrician University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Dr. Maria McColgan Child abuse pediatrics fellowship director and associate professor of pediatrics Child Abuse Research Education Service Institute and Rowan University Dr. Jeanne Elberfeld Executive director Schuylkill County’s VISION Alice Yoder Vice president of community health and collaboration Penn Medicine Lancaster General 11:30 a.m. Closing remarks The meeting is one in a series held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first, good jobs, health care access, quality schools and job training, and a fair economy. Additional information about the plan is available at Read more

 

2019 PSP Coverage Fee

(Feb 19, 2019)

A summary of Rep. Mike Sturla's House Bill 959 requiring municipalities who currently receive free local police coverage from PSP to pay a fee to PSP for the services. Read more

 

Sturla ready to strengthen educational, workforce development opportunities following Wolf's 2019-20 fiscal year budget address

(Feb 05, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, released the following response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address for the 2018-19 fiscal year: “I’m looking forward to working with Governor Wolf and my colleagues to continue to move Pennsylvania forward with quality investments in education and workforce development. That, partnered with a raise in Pennsylvania’s stagnant minimum wage, will make a big difference for Pennsylvania families and their children. “Every investment we make in education will have a direct impact on improving our workforce and economy. If we can educate our workforce for the jobs of tomorrow, Pennsylvanians will continue to thrive as innovators and we will retain the bright, well-educated individuals who are being educated at our state’s great institutions. “Addressing adverse childhood experiences is a personal goal of mine that I believe will make a longstanding impact on our educational system. Helping children who experience trauma will have a further-reaching impact on improving communities, reducing correction spending, and ultimately giving a voice and strong foundation to those who need it most. I hope to work closely with Governor Wolf to implement a system that can make a difference. “I am excited that House Democrats’ Plan4PA for quality schools and a fair economy fall in line with many of the governor’s efforts. I hope that we can get our colleagues Read more

 

Sturla: Put Our Children's Health First

(Jan 23, 2019)

As chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee, Pa. state Rep. Mike Sturla participated in a public hearing discussing the dangers of lead poisoning for children and ways to combat the health epidemic across the commonwealth. Read more