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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House Democratic Policy Committee to hold Capitol hearing Monday on utility shutoffs

(12 hours ago)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 22 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, announced today that the House Democratic Policy Committee will hold a public hearing on utility shutoffs. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26 in Room G-50 Irvis Office Building. The media and public are invited to watch the livestream at www.pahouse.com/live . Requested by Rep. Pete Schweyer, D-Lehigh, the hearing will discuss what more the legislature can do to protect consumers faced with their utilities being shut off, especially during a pandemic. Testifiers will speak remotely, while members will participate in person and remotely. Testifiers will include: Tanya McCloskey , acting Pennsylvania consumer advocate. Elizabeth Marx , executive director, Pennsylvania Utility Law Project. Gladys Brown Dutrieuille , chairman, Pennsylvania Utility Commission. Terry Fitzpatrick , president and CEO, Energy Association of Pennsylvania. Following the hearing, testimonies and full hearing video will be posted at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more

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HDPC Hearing on Women In Business

(Oct 16, 2020)

Full public hearing held in Carnegie on October 15, 2020. Read more

10/15/20 – Women In Business – Carnegie

(Oct 16, 2020)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Anita Kulik. Read more

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HDPC Hearing on Radioactive and Hazardous Waste Loopholes

(Oct 16, 2020)

Materials from a public hearing held virtually and co-chaired by State Rep. Sara Innamorato. Read more

10/14/20 – Radioactive and Hazardous Waste Loopholes – Virtual

(Oct 16, 2020)

Materials from a public hearing held virtually and co-chaired by State Rep. Sara Innamorato. Read more

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HDPC Hearing on Video Gaming Terminals and Skill Games in PA

(Oct 16, 2020)

Full public hearing held in Ebensburg on October 13, 2020. Read more

10/13/20 – Video Gaming Terminals and Skill Games in PA – Ebensburg

(Oct 16, 2020)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Frank Burns. Read more

Innamorato to hold virtual House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on radioactive and hazardous waste loopholes Wednesday

(Oct 09, 2020)

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 9 – State Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny, announced today that she will co-chair a House Democratic Policy Committee virtual public hearing on radioactive and hazardous waste loopholes. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14 via www.pahouse.com/live . The media and public are invited to watch this livestream. Requested by Innamorato, the hearing will feature testimony from state officials and policy experts about the impact of radioactive and hazardous waste loopholes on communities, worker safety and public health. She will be joined by HDPC Chair Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and other committee members. Testifiers will include: Rebecca Franz , chief deputy attorney general for Environmental Crimes Section, Office of Pennsylvania Attorney General. Dr. John Stolz , director, Duquesne University’s Center for Environmental Research and Education. Melissa Troutman , research and policy analyst, Earthworks. Justin Nobel , investigative journalist. Veronica Coptis , executive director, Center for Coalfield Justice. Dr. Marsha Haley , radiation oncologist, Physicians for Social Responsibility. Lois Bauer-Bjornson , outreach coordinator, Clean Air Council. Industry workers. Following the hearing, testimonies and full hearing video will be posted at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more

Cephas, Kenyatta and Innamorato hold hearing to discuss plan to help low-income tenants facing eviction amid COVID-19

(Oct 09, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 9 – In their ongoing efforts to keep people in their homes, state Reps. Morgan Cephas, Malcolm Kenyatta and Sara Innamorato held a public hearing today to discuss legal aid for tenants facing eviction amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The three brought members of the House Democratic Policy Committee and experts together to discuss legislation they are introducing to provide legal representation to low-income tenants facing an eviction hearing. "A study from the Center for American Progress shows nearly 90% of landlords and property managers across the country have access to legal representation compared to just 10% of tenants. And in most eviction cases, tenants without representation lose," said Cephas, D-Phila. "This ultimately comes down to fairness and the need to prevent our most vulnerable neighbors from being tossed out on the street. Our plan aims to connect them with the quality protection they need to help keep a roof over their head, especially during this health crisis." “The CDC’s moratorium will only stave off evictions until the end of the year, but the threat of a large-scale housing crisis still looms, so we must act now,” said Kenyatta, D-Phila. “During these uncertain and incredibly stressful times in which medical experts are urging everyone to stay at home, Pennsylvanians should be able to take solace in having a home of their own to retreat to. Read more

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HDPC Hearing on Legal Aid for Tenants Facing Eviction

(Oct 09, 2020)

Full public hearing held virtually on October 9, 2020. Read more