Rep. Mike Sturla
Chairman

The House Democratic Policy Committee (HDPC) holds public hearings and meetings across the state and serves as the catalyst to   enacting major policy initiatives put forth by members of the House Democratic Caucus. State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, has been   chosen by the caucus to lead this committee since 2009.  

The Policy Committee typically holds hearings outside of Harrisburg to investigate the local impact of certain issues and collect valuable expert input. Check back here regularly for the Committee's hearing schedule and collected testimony.

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Latest News

Policy Recap: March 2020

(14 hours ago)

A summary of Policy Committee meetings held in March 2020. Read more

3/12/20 – State of the Care Workforce in PA – Exton

(Mar 12, 2020)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten. Read more

3/11/20 – Labor Jobs and Apprenticeships – Philadelphia

(Mar 12, 2020)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Jason Dawkins. Read more

3/10/20 – Volunteer Firefighters and EMS – Hatfield

(Mar 12, 2020)

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

3/9/20 – Understanding Charter School Funding – Doylestown

(Mar 12, 2020)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Wendy Ullman. Read more

Malagari to host Policy Committee hearing on volunteer firefighters and EMS

(Mar 06, 2020)

MONTGOMERY , March 6 – State Rep. Steve Malagari, D-Montgomery, today announced that the House Democratic Policy Committee will be hosting a public hearing on volunteer firefighters and EMS. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 at Hatfield Township Building, 1950 School Road, Hatfield, PA 19440. Media and the public are invited to attend. Malagari requested the hearing to help facilitate solutions for shortages of volunteers for public servants and volunteers such as firefighters and EMS that can lead to saving lives. He continues to push for additional grants and funding for these organizations to assist in equipment purchases, debt reduction and training. After the hearing is over, legislators will be on-site to answer questions from the media. The current agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 2:10 p.m. Panel of Local Fire Companies and EMS: Jerry Guretse , president, Telford Volunteer Fire Co. Debbie Wellington , treasurer, North Penn Good Will Services Marv McKown , president, Tylersport Volunteer Fire Co. Jim Gallagher , president, Perseverance Volunteer Fire Co. 3 p.m. Closing Remarks ### Read more

Otten to hold policy hearing in Exton on the state of the care workforce

(Mar 05, 2020)

EXTON, March 5 – State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, will hold a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on the state of the care workforce in Pennsylvania. The hearing will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 12, at the Abraham Fetters-White School, 134 Sharp Lane. The media and public are invited to attend. Otten requested the hearing to discuss the rising need for and shortage of care workers for senior citizens and individuals with disabilities; the need to raise wages and reimbursements for home health care workers and direct support professionals; and the need to ensure safe work conditions for all care workers, whether in the home or in a facility setting. Otten will be joined by legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Panelists will include: Kevin Hancock, deputy secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Matt Yarnell, president, SEIU Healthcare PA. Lolita Owens, homecare worker, Liberty Resources. Tynia Stevens, nurse aide, Bryn Mawr Extended Care Center. Lauren House, intellectual disability deputy administrator, Chester County Department of Mental Health/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Jeanne Meikrantz, executive director, The Arc of Chester County. Pennsylvania Homecare Association. Deborah Rowe, vice president, nursing workforce development, PA Health Care Association. Read more

3/3/20 – Disability and Mental Health Policy Issues – Pittsburgh

(Mar 05, 2020)

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

3/2/20 – Educational Paths – Avalon

(Mar 05, 2020)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl. Read more

Ullman to hold policy hearing on understanding charter school funding Monday in Doylestown

(Mar 05, 2020)

DOYLESTOWN, March 4 – State Rep. Wendy Ullman, D-Bucks, will hold a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on understanding charter school funding. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. March 9 at Bucks County Administration Building, Room 110, 55 E. Court St. Ullman requested this hearing to collect testimony from both sides of the charter school funding issue, which will also include a discussion of Gov. Tom Wolf’s charter school reform plan in his proposed budget this year. Ullman will be joined by fellow legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current hearing agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 2:10 p.m. Adam Schott , special assistant to the secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Education 2:40 p.m. Panel One of Local School Districts: Dr. David Bolton , superintendent, Pennridge School District Dr. William Harner , superintendent, Quakertown School District Dr. John Kopicki , Superintendent, Central Bucks School District Drew Bishop , business administrator, Palisades School District 3:30 p.m. Panel Two from the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools: Maurice Flurie , CEO, Commonwealth Charter Academy Wendy Ormsby , director of organization development & founder, Souderton Charter School Collaborative Ryan Schumm , leadership team member, Read more