Sappey, House Policy Committee Hold Hearing on PA Public Gardens at Longwood

(Apr 23, 2021)

KENNETT SQUARE, PA — State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, and House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, hosted a special hearing on Pennsylvania public gardens yesterday at Longwood Gardens in East Marlborough Township. Read more

 

Bizzarro announces more than $60,000 coming to Erie

(Apr 21, 2021)

HARRISBURG, April 21 – State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro announced will receive grants totaling $ 63,083 from the state's Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program. “The great outdoors have given our community a reprieve from the difficulties of this past year and I am always happy to see state dollars come back to Erie. Investing in maintaining and improving outdoor space helps keep Erie healthy and thriving,” Bizzarro said. The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy will use their $63,083 grant to aid with invasive species control on high priority sites in Northwestern Pennsylvania including Erie County. The Commonwealth Financing Authority’s GTRP funds planning, acquisition, development, rehabilitation and repair of greenways, recreational trails, open space, parks and beautification projects. Read more

 

House Democratic Leadership continues to push Pennsylvania Rescue Plan to reimagine Pennsylvania’s recovery

(Apr 20, 2021)

Pennsylvanians looking for relief from the hardships of the past year can look to the House Democrats’ Pennsylvania Rescue Plan for solutions that do the most good for the most people. The House Democratic Leadership team released the following statement on how the plan would strengthen communities, help working people and support businesses and families: “We have a unique opportunity to drastically improve the lives of millions of Pennsylvanians with smart investments in people, businesses, health care and our workforce. The Pennsylvania Rescue Plan does just that by directing federal funds to help businesses get back on solid ground, invest in our frontline workers who were essential to getting us through the pandemic, repair our crumbling public schools so students can learn and teachers can teach in a non-toxic environment and strengthen our workforce through training tomorrow’s in-demand employees. Read more

 

Investment in health, safety and jobs focus of hearing on Pennsylvania’s toxic schools

(Apr 16, 2021)

Schools statewide are in urgent need of upgrades for the health and safety of students and staff, and a recent meeting of the House Democratic Policy Committee’s Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People highlighted what actions the state can take to address toxic schools. Read more

 

Expanded Passenger Rail Could Boost Pennsylvania Economy

(Apr 14, 2021)

Local lawmakers say expanding passenger rail could boost the state's economy. State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro (D-Erie) took part in a town hall Tuesday on rail traffic. Read more

 

Pennsylvania legislators announce $800,000 in grants for Erie-area fishing projects

(Apr 14, 2021)

State Reps. Pat Harkins, Bob Merski and Ryan Bizzarro, all D-Erie, announced that $804,200 in grant money will go toward enhancing fishing opportunities in Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie. The projects are funded by the Erie Access Improvement program. Read more

 

Berks proponent testifies in a Pa. House hearing on restoring passenger train service to Reading

(Apr 14, 2021)

Weidenhammer was one of more than a dozen passenger train proponents participating in the state House Democratic Policy Committee hearing, Read more

 

Passenger rail needs to get back on track in NE and throughout

(Apr 14, 2021)

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Expansion of passenger rail has potential to boost Pa. economy, improve statewide commutes

(Apr 13, 2021)

HARRISBURG, April 13 -- Passenger rail has the potential to improve regional access and reduce traffic congestion and state Rep. Joe Ciresi led today’s House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss how the state can get on board. The hearing featured three panels of testifiers highlighting President Joe Biden’s recent infrastructure plan and how rail connection across the state could help rural and suburban areas benefit from economic growth. Policy Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro shared, “Improving passenger rail has the potential to create jobs, streamline commutes and would have a positive environmental impact on the state. I thank Representative Ciresi for hosting today’s hearing and I look forward to continuing this conversation on how investment of state and federal dollars can boost economic development throughout the state.” "I was grateful to the testifiers and the participants in today's hearing for continuing an important conversation about investment in passenger rail service," Ciresi said. "What we learned today is critical to making wise decisions about infrastructure and what is involved to bring much-needed improvements to transportation in many parts of the state, especially in Pottstown, Royersford and other stops on the potential Reading-to-Philadelphia corridor that I've long been working to resurrect. Our partnerships, both with the private sector and our federal elected officials, will be Read more

 

Expanded Passenger Rail Could Boost Pennsylvania Economy

(Apr 13, 2021)

Local lawmakers say expanding passenger rail could boost the state's economy. State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro (D-Erie) took part in a town hall Tuesday on rail traffic. Read more

 

Bizzarro: Pa. Fish and Boat Commission grants total nearly $650,000 to benefit Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay

(Apr 12, 2021)

ERIE, April 12 – State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro said he is happy to hear news that the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission announced nearly $650,000 in investments in projects that will benefit Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie. Erie Access Improvement Program Grants impacting the third legislative district include the following: $205,000 -- Regional Science Consortium, Lake Erie Buoy Project, Lake Erie, Erie County $95,600 -- Fairview Township, Avonia Beach Park Improvements “Lake Erie is a booming natural resource. It brings economic activity to the region and I’m thrilled to see that fees collected here are staying here to help us protect that resource and preserve efforts to give anglers the best quality access to fishing opportunities,” Bizzarro said. Grants will fund the Regional Science Consortium’s Lake Erie buoy project to collect real-time information on wind, water and wave conditions and help collect data for aquatic health and water preservation efforts; and Fairview Township Avonia Beach Improvements. Other projects in Erie County include: the Erie-Western PA Port Authority received funding totaling $352,000 for Holland Street Pier fishing access and the Lampe Marina Fish Cleaning refrigeration unit. Funds are generated via special permitting fees and reinvested into the region through the Erie Access Improvement Program, made possible by Act 159 of 2004, which created a Read more

 

BioTech Innovation Organization, Pfizer share vaccine efficacy, role in COVID-19 recovery

(Apr 12, 2021)

HARRISBURG, April 12 – As Pennsylvania expands vaccine eligibility, the House Democratic Policy Committee heard from the manufacturers tirelessly working to develop safe and effective vaccines for global use. At a Policy Committee hearing today, testifiers included representatives from Biotechnology Innovation Organization and Pfizer, who provided details on the technology behind the development of the COVID-19 vaccines and how the United States can reach herd immunity. Chairman Ryan Bizzarro and state Reps. Patty Kim and Darisha Parker facilitated the hearing, where Amy Walker, director of Infectious Diseases Policy for Biotechnology Innovation Organization and Lisa Coen, senior director, Vaccine Public Affairs with Pfizer, shared insight into the science behind the creation of COVID-19 vaccines, ongoing research, development and trials. Walker shared that five presidents, both Democratic and Republican, have been vaccinated, highlighting that the vaccines have received bipartisan support. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to have conversations based on science and fact. These vaccines will save lives and I encourage everyone eligible and interested to take the advice of scientists and medical professionals and help put this pandemic behind us,” Bizzarro implored. “It is important for us to hear this testimony today, especially for my constituents,” Parker said. “Communities of color have battled COVID extra Read more

 

Ciresi to host House Democratic Policy Committee hearing Tuesday on investing in passenger rail

(Apr 12, 2021)

HARRISBURG, April 12 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi is exploring how Pennsylvania can get passenger rail back on track for improved commuting and efficiency in transportation. He will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 13. The media and public are invited to watch online at www.pahouse.com/policy or on the committee’s Facebook page -- @PADemPolicy. Media inquiries may be submitted via email to policy@pahouse.net . Ciresi will lead the hearing to learn more about how state and regional transit authorities can play a role in improving Pennsylvania infrastructure and the role this investment would play in the state’s economy. Additional hearing information will be available by clicking here . Read more

 

Starting April 13th everyone in Pennsylvania ages 16 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine

(Apr 12, 2021)

Starting April 13th, everyone in Pennsylvania ages 16 and up will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Read more

 

Kim, Parker to lead Monday’s Policy Committee hearing on crushing COVID-19

(Apr 09, 2021)

HARRISBURG, April 9 – The committee will hear from the biotech industry and COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers at a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing hosted by state Reps. Patty Kim and Darisha Parker. The hearing will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 12 . The media and public are invited to watch online at www.pahouse.com/policy or on the committee’s Facebook page--@PADemPolicy. Media inquiries may be submitted via email to policy@pahouse.net . Chairman Ryan Bizzarro, Vice Chair Mary Isaacson and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee will join Kim and Parker to discuss how supply is catching up with demand and how vaccine distribution is meeting the needs of Pennsylvanians seeking vaccination. Additional hearing information will be available by clicking here or visiting www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more

 

Investment in health, safety and jobs focus of Policy Committee hearing on Pa. toxic schools

(Apr 08, 2021)

HARRISBURG, April 8 -- Schools statewide are in urgent need of upgrades for the health and safety of students and staff, and today’s meeting of the House Democratic Policy Committee’s Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People highlighted what actions the state can take to address toxic schools. The public virtual hearing, hosted by Subcommittee Chair Elizabeth Fiedler and state Sen. Vincent Hughes, brought together educators from across the state, healthcare and legal professionals, and labor experts to discuss the implications of inaction and benefits of investment in school safety. Policy Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro explained, “Pennsylvania schools need repair. Addressing these concerns will put our skilled laborers to work at family sustaining wages and set children and educators up for good health and success now and in the future.” “Most of Pennsylvania’s schools were built in the 50s when the knowledge of safe materials was limited,” Fiedler said. “But there are plenty of schools built even before that. Those old buildings pose so many health problems to our children, teachers and the community at large where they are.” “While we are in the middle of conversations to make upgrades and accommodations to our schools because of COVID, let’s take this time to discuss what overall solutions are available to make these sick buildings healthy for our kids and everyone who Read more

 

Toxic schools and their impact on students and educators focus of Thursday’s virtual hearing

(Apr 06, 2021)

HARRISBURG, April 6 – State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, chair of the Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People, is partnering with state Sen. Vincent Hughes to host a public hearing to discuss the current state of toxins in schools and the impacts they have on health and learning outcomes. The hearing will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 8 . The media and public are invited to watch online at www.pahouse.com/policy or on the committee’s Facebook page--@PADemPolicy. Media inquiries may be submitted via email to policy@pahouse.net . Fiedler will be joined by Chairman Ryan Bizzarro and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee for members to learn more about repair and remediation options available to schools and how the General Assembly can support efforts to address the issue. Additional hearing information will be available by clicking here . Read more

 

Rep. Ryan Bizzarro: Voting rights attacks are happening nationwide – and they are coming to Pa.

(Apr 05, 2021)

The least partisan thing we can imagine is the fundamental right to vote. When we talk with Republicans and Democrats — people, not politicians — there is little debate. Anyone who is lawfully registered should be able to vote, securely and conveniently. What we saw happen in Georgia this week, and what is proposed here in Pennsylvania, is the opposite of that. Read more

 

Expanding digital connection key for PA development, advancement

(Apr 01, 2021)

HARRISBURG, April 1 -- State Representative Rob Matzie, Democratic Chairman of the House Consumer Affairs Committee, led yesterday’s House Democratic Policy Committee on bridging the digital divide. The hearing is the third in a series this week focused on net neutrality and bridging the gap to improve future outcomes for educators, students, health care access and Pennsylvania businesses. “This hearing was a great cap on the weeks’ discussions on how we can make sure Pennsylvania is digitally connected. The last year has shown us that reliable internet, computers and phone help keep us learning, working, entertained, managing health and in touch with family and friends. I thank Chairman Matzie for leading the discussion and look forward to a public-private partnership that helps close the divide,” said Ryan Bizzarro, chairman of the Democratic Policy Committee. “Quick, reliable Internet access isn’t a luxury in today’s world – it’s a necessity,” said Matzie. “Those without it face major disadvantages when it comes to competing for jobs, accessing health and education services and connecting to state programs. I’m hosting this hearing because we need to develop solutions to bridge this digital divide now, before it threatens to disenfranchise more Pennsylvanians.” The committee heard testimony from Brian Barno, Broadband Cable Association of Pennsylvania; Joseph Glinka, government Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro partnering with new app to connect with constituents

(Apr 01, 2021)

ERIE, April 1 – Residents of the third legislative district can now connect with state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro via a new app aimed at connecting lawmakers and constituents. Be the Change launched as a pilot in 2020 and connects community members with their local policy makers. The app is a free and nonpartisan platform aimed to improve advocacy efforts. “I look forward to partnering with Be the Change to have another tool to talk with residents. My office already serves as one of the busiest in the state. I am always looking for ways to connect and hear from my neighbors so I can best serve them and be their voice in state government,” Bizzarro said. Users can download the free app and share causes categorized by environment, transportation, disabilities, COVID-19, legislative feedback, aging, children and youth, commerce and economic development. Legislators can comment on causes and other users can give a thumbs up or thumbs down. Keeping cause commenting to the original poster and legislator aims to keep conversations on topic and productive. Bhavini Patel, cofounder and CEO of Be the Change, said the app was created to make legislative advocacy more accessible, foster healthy civic dialogue and to help build a welcoming community for all. The app is funded by grants including the UpPrize: BNY Mellon Social Innovation Challenge and the Ascender Incubator Program. Bizzarro said he is excited to be among the first state representatives to use Be the Read more

 

Sappey, House Policy Committee Hold Hearing on PA Public Gardens at Longwood
Apr 23, 2021

Bizzarro announces more than $60,000 coming to Erie
Apr 21, 2021

House Democratic Leadership continues to push Pennsylvania Rescue Plan to reimagine Pennsylvania’s recovery
Apr 20, 2021

Investment in health, safety and jobs focus of hearing on Pennsylvania’s toxic schools
Apr 16, 2021

Expanded Passenger Rail Could Boost Pennsylvania Economy
Apr 14, 2021

Pennsylvania legislators announce $800,000 in grants for Erie-area fishing projects
Apr 14, 2021

Berks proponent testifies in a Pa. House hearing on restoring passenger train service to Reading
Apr 14, 2021

Passenger rail needs to get back on track in NE and throughout
Apr 14, 2021

Expansion of passenger rail has potential to boost Pa. economy, improve statewide commutes
Apr 13, 2021

Expanded Passenger Rail Could Boost Pennsylvania Economy
Apr 13, 2021

Bizzarro: Pa. Fish and Boat Commission grants total nearly $650,000 to benefit Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay
Apr 12, 2021

BioTech Innovation Organization, Pfizer share vaccine efficacy, role in COVID-19 recovery
Apr 12, 2021

Ciresi to host House Democratic Policy Committee hearing Tuesday on investing in passenger rail
Apr 12, 2021

Starting April 13th everyone in Pennsylvania ages 16 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine
Apr 12, 2021

Kim, Parker to lead Monday’s Policy Committee hearing on crushing COVID-19
Apr 09, 2021

Investment in health, safety and jobs focus of Policy Committee hearing on Pa. toxic schools
Apr 08, 2021

Toxic schools and their impact on students and educators focus of Thursday’s virtual hearing
Apr 06, 2021

Rep. Ryan Bizzarro: Voting rights attacks are happening nationwide – and they are coming to Pa.
Apr 05, 2021

Expanding digital connection key for PA development, advancement
Apr 01, 2021

Rep. Bizzarro partnering with new app to connect with constituents
Apr 01, 2021