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: October 2019

(Nov 04, 2019)

A summary of Policy Committee meetings held in October 2019. Read more

11/1/19 – Climate Change: Should PA Join RGGI? – Havertown

(Nov 01, 2019)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Greg Vitali. Read more

10/31/19 – Film Tax Credit – Philadelphia

(Nov 01, 2019)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Maria Donatucci and State Rep. Joe Ciresi. Read more

Vitali holds public hearing on climate change and joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

(Nov 01, 2019)

HAVERTOWN, Nov. 1 – State Rep. Greg Vitali, D-Delaware/Montgomery, today hosted a hearing of the House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss Pennsylvania joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. “Joining RGGI is the single most important thing Pennsylvania can do to combat climate change,” said Vitali, Democratic chairman of the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. The RGGI is a 10-state cap-and-trade program designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the electric power sector. Speakers included Franz Litz , principal, Litz Energy Strategies, LLC; Chris Hoaglend , p rogram manager, Maryland Department of Environment; M. Gary Helm , lead market strategist, PJM Interconnection; Patrick McDonnell , secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; John Hanger , president, Hanger Consulting, LLC; Mark Szybist , senior attorney, Climate and Clean Energy Program , Natural Resources Defense Council; Tanya McCloskey , acting consumer advocate, Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate; and Andrew Williams , director, regulatory and legislative affairs , Environmental Defense Fund. All speakers presenting at the hearing were supportive of Pennsylvania joining RGGI. Acting Consumer Advocate Tanya McCloskey remarked, “I believe that using our generation market mechanisms through a program like RGGI is the best means to Read more

Donatucci, Ciresi, Policy Committee look at PA film tax credit

(Oct 31, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 31 – State Reps. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, and Joseph Ciresi, D-Montgomery, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing at the Museum of the American Resolution on the film tax credit. Donatucci and Ciresi requested the hearing to discuss the economic impacts of the Pennsylvania film tax credit program and what more the state can do to expand the film industry. They were joined by legislators from across the state, including Policy Chair Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “Pennsylvania has been the backdrop of many popular movies and TV productions, and an attractive incentives program will keep it a viable option for drivers in the film industry,” Donatucci said. “The economic benefits are vast. Expanding the film industry is not only investment in the local arts culture, but also industries, such as the trades and small businesses.” Ciresi added, “When we invest in the arts and provide tax credits to filmmakers, studies show we can benefit through economic opportunity and higher civic engagement. When you consider all of the expenses that will be incurred while filming, the numbers begin to add up quickly between travel expenses and purchases from local merchants. We need to attract more leaders from the film industry to choose Pennsylvania.” Sturla said, “As today’s hearing revealed, Pennsylvania should remain competitive with the many states seeking Read more

10/28/19 – Automated Shuttle Vehicles – Harrisburg

(Oct 28, 2019)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Patty Kim. Read more

Climate Change/RGGI Public Hearing is Nov. 1 in Havertown

(Oct 25, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 25 – State Rep. Greg Vitali, D-Delaware/Montgomery, will host a hearing of the House Democratic Policy Committee on Nov. 1 entitled “Climate Change: Should Pa. Join RGGI?”. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is a 10-state cap-and-trade program designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the electric power sector. “Pennsylvania is a major greenhouse gas emitter and joining RGGI would be perhaps the most important thing that the commonwealth could do to curb its emissions”, said Vitali, Democratic chair of the House Environmental Resource and Energy Committee. On Oct. 3, Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order directing that Pennsylvania commence development of a RGGI-compatible program. The hearing will start at 10 a.m. at the Haverford Township Administration Building, 1014 Darby Road, Havertown, 19083, in the Commissioners Meeting Room. Vitali will be joined by state legislators from across the commonwealth, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Speakers include Franz Litz , p rincipal, Litz Energy Strategies, LLC; Chris Hoaglend , p rogram manager, Maryland Department of Environment; M. Gary Helm , lead market strategist, PJM Interconnection; Patrick McDonnell, secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; John Hanger , president, Hanger Read more

Donatucci, Ciresi to host Policy Committee hearing on film tax credit October 31 in Philadelphia

(Oct 24, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 23 – State Reps. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, and Joseph Ciresi, D-Montgomery, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on the film tax credit next week. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 at the Museum of the American Revolution, 101 South 3 rd St., 19106. The media and public are invited to attend. Donatucci and Ciresi requested the hearing to discuss the economic impacts of the film tax credit program and what more the state can do to grow the film industry. They will be joined by legislators from across the state, including Policy Chair Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 10 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks. 10:10 a.m. Carrie Lepore, deputy secretary for Office of Marketing, Tourism and Film, DCED. 10:25 a.m. Panel One: Sharon Pinkenson , executive director, Greater Philadelphia Film Office. M. Night Shyamalan , filmmaker. Angela Miele , vice president of state tax policy, MPAA. 10:55 a.m. Panel Two: Nancy Glass , CEO/executive producer, Glass Entertainment Group. Mark Wiley , writer and producer. David Haas , member of board of directors, Wyncote Foundation. Mike McCann , board member, Pennsylvania Film Industry Association. Jeff Rotwitt , CEO and president, Sun Center Studios. 11:30 a.m. Panel Three: Thomas O’Donnell , president, Theatrical Teamsters Local 817. Read more

Kim and Rothman to co-chair Policy Committee hearing on automated shuttle vehicles Monday in Harrisburg

(Oct 23, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 23 – State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, announced today that the House Democratic Policy Committee will have a public hearing on automated shuttle vehicles. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, in the House Democratic Caucus Room, 418 Main Capitol Building. Media and the public are invited to attend. Kim requested the hearing to examine legislation that would enable the state Transportation Department to authorize the operation of an automated shuttle on an approved route. Rep. Greg Rothman, R-Cumberland, will sit with the Policy Committee as he has been working on this issue with Kim. Fellow state legislators, including Policy Chair Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and Rep. Jim Marshall, R-Beaver, will also be in attendance. Marshall has introduced H.B. 1078 to give PennDOT this authority. After the hearing is over, legislators and the media can take a supervised ride on an automated shuttle. The current agenda is: 10 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks 10:10 a.m. Panelists: Leslie Richards , secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Steve D’Ettorre , deputy secretary of technology and innovation, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development John Lawn , CEO, Hershey Entertainment Eric Rensel , vice president of advanced mobility for Gannett Fleming and representing the Automated Vehicle Coalition 11 a.m. Read more

Daley, Policy Committee discuss Waters of Pennsylvania

(Oct 21, 2019)

“With over 85,000 miles of rivers and streams and 99,000 acres of lakes, our state features some of the nation’s most beautiful and bountiful waterways. With that abundance, though, comes crucial challenges that we must face together in order to keep our waters clean and pollutant-free.” Read more