Police, Labor Relations topic of public hearing hosted by Pa. Legislative Black Caucus Wednesday

(Aug 17, 2021)

Philadelphia, Aug. 17 – State Rep. Donna Bullock is convening a meeting of the House Democratic Policy Committee and Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus to discuss the role of labor in police reforms. The hearing will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 18 at Temple University, Fox Gittis Room, 1776 N. Broad St., Philadelphia . The Fox Gittis Room is located just off the Broad Street Lobby, Alumni Hall at the Liacouras Center. The media and public are encouraged to attend. Masks are required. Additional information about this and other House Democratic Policy Committee hearings is available at www.pahouse.com/policy . Read more

 

Herrin to host public hearing Tuesday with focus on quality, reliable childcare access

(Aug 13, 2021)

WEST CHESTER, Aug. 13 – Childcare and families’ access to quality, educational care are the focus of state Rep. Dianne Herrin’s House Democratic Policy Committee hearing. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17 at the West Goshen Township Building, 1025 Paoli Pike, West Chester. The public and media are encouraged to attend. Masks are required for all attendees . Herrin, D-Chester, will be joined by Vice Chair Joe Ciresi and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee to learn more about childcare facilities, the challenges they face and how addressing staffing, program quality and funding can impact the state long-term. “High-quality early childhood education sets up a strong foundation for the success of our children,” Herrin said. “This policy hearing will address the systemic issues facing our early education system, including a lack of affordability for families, too few high-quality programs, and staffing shortages due to low wages for the educators.” Media inquiries may be submitted to policy@pahouse.net . ### ATTENTION NEWS EDITORS: The hearing will be streamed live at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkrhNCoiAF_G-SenampnZFQ Read more

 

Supporting veterans focus of Hill-Evans public hearing Monday

(Aug 13, 2021)

YORK, Aug. 13 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans will host a public hearing to discuss legislative efforts to support veterans, especially those experiencing homelessness and PTSD. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 16 at the York County Fairgrounds, Verandah Room, 334 Carlisle Ave. The public and media are invited to attend. Hill-Evans will be joined by members of the House Democratic Policy Committee to learn more about H.B.s 688 and 698 and other issues faced by veterans. State Sen. Katie Muth, who has companion legislation in the Senate, will also attend the hearing. Media inquiries may be submitted to policy@pahouse.net . Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro Senior Fair and Older Living Expo returns to McDowell Intermediate Monday, Aug. 16

(Aug 12, 2021)

ERIE, Aug. 12 – State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, said he is thrilled to invite seniors and their caregivers to his Ninth Annual Senior Fair and Older Living Expo next week. The event will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 16 at McDowell Intermediate High School, 3320 Caughey Rd, Erie. This year, more than 50 vendors and exhibitors will be on site to share valuable information with Erie’s senior residents on vital state information, programs and services. “I’m excited to be able to bring this event to seniors. My staff and I have been working hard to make this year a really great opportunity to connect and help as many people as possible. In addition to the great information to help seniors live healthy and happy lives right here in Erie, Elvis is making a return!” Bizzarro said. More information is available by calling Bizzarro’s office at 814-835-2880 or visiting the office at 1101 Peninsula Dr., Suite 213, in the Peninsula Plaza. Read more

 

Philadelphia schools share how they are tackling a third pandemic year

(Aug 11, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 11 – Reopening Philadelphia’s schools was the focus of a tour and roundtable of the House Democratic Policy Committee hosted by state Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., on Wednesday. Philadelphia School District Chief Information Officer Melanie Harris led the tour of Kensington Health Sciences followed by a roundtable with legislators to discuss the challenges faced this year and beyond. “Over the last 18 months, we have invested in solutions for students to safely learn virtually from home, and now, with COVID-19 still very much with us and variants on the rise, we are asking school districts — not just in Philadelphia but across the Commonwealth — to create the answers for how our students can safely return to schools and keep them open," Isaacson said. "This is a question that we've never had to answer, one that the CDC is constantly revising as the virus mutates. Today, we heard concerns and sought answers as to how our students will return to classrooms and be provided a quality education in a structured, safe and welcoming classroom when so much is uncertain and ever-changing. Much needs to be done to help our schools navigate these uncharted waters or our children and the next generation are the ones who will be lost.” “The flexibility and resilience of the Philadelphia School District has been impressive,” said Policy Chairman Ryan Bizzarro. Read more

 

Protecting public spaces, expanding infrastructure improvements focus of Driscoll’s public hearing

(Aug 10, 2021)

Phila. Aug. 10 – Open green spaces, waterways, and broadband investments often get left behind in infrastructure conversations, but state Rep. Mike Driscoll partnered with Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon and the House Democratic Policy Committee to have a comprehensive conversation about how they must be considered when making investments. Driscoll welcomed Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro and members of the committee for the hearing where coordination amongst efforts was a key part of investment efforts. The hearing included robust conversation from City of Philadelphia officials including Michael A. Carroll, deputy managing director, Anthony Bocchicchio, director of operations for Parks and Recreation and Councilman Bobby Henon. “If the last 18 months has proven anything, it is that our public spaces are a necessary investment that our state must make,” said state Rep. Mike Driscoll, D-Phila. “Our trails, parks, outdoor rec spaces have been utilized during this shutdown caused by the pandemic and it is very apparent that the use of these places will not end. Our tax dollars are meant, in part, to provide funding for our leisure enjoyment and well-being. Today’s hearing and those testifying provided information that proves the enormous worth of these facilities and locations to the commonwealth.” “I want to especially thank Holy Family University for hosting this hearing on their Read more

 

Jobs and healthcare access focus of Temple Health Juniata Park Campus Tour Monday

(Aug 08, 2021)

PHILA., Aug. 8 – Philadelphia Delegation Chairman Jason Dawkins is hosting the House Democratic Policy Committee for a tour and roundtable discussion of the former Cancer Centers of America facility, Temple Health's Juniata Park Campus. The tour will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 9 at 1331 E. Wyoming Ave., Philadelphia. The hearing is open to the media and inquiries may be submitted to policy@pahouse.net . Chairman Dawkins will be joined by Policy Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee for a tour of their recently-purchased facility and discuss how the acquisition will impact patient care, healthcare access, and jobs in the region. Visit www.pahouse.com/policy for more information about this and other committee events. ### Read more

 

Summer 2021 Newsletter

(Aug 05, 2021)

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Erie County projects to receive almost $500,000 in state funding

(Aug 03, 2021)

Local investments to fight blight, plan trails and revitalize buildings Read more

 

Erie Delegation to tour LECOM Tuesday

(Aug 02, 2021)

ERIE, Aug. 2 – State Representatives Pat Harkins, Bob Merski and Ryan Bizzarro are welcoming members of the House Democratic Policy Committee for a tour of Lake Erie College of Medicine, the nation’s most applied-to medical school. The tour will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 3 at 1858 W. Grandview, Blvd., Erie. The media is encouraged to attend and can submit inquiries to policy@pahouse.net . A roundtable discussion will follow the facility tour, aimed at learning more about LECOM’s impact on education, medical care and Erie’s economy. Information about this and other House Democratic Policy Committee hearings can be found at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more

 

Representative Ryan Bizzarro shows House Democratic Policy Committee erosion and infrastructure of Presque Isle

(Aug 02, 2021)

The House Policy Committee visits Presque Isle State Park for a tour of the park's project needs and to learn more about its economic impact on the region. Read more

 

Erie Reps. Bob Merski and Ryan Bizzarro to host conversation on economic impact of local breweries, distilleries, wineries

(Aug 02, 2021)

ERIE, Aug. 2 – State Representatives Bob Merski and Ryan Bizzarro are hosting a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing where local breweries, distilleries and wineries will share how they are providing jobs, getting creative in their respective crafts and adapting to regulatory changes. The hearing will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, August 4 at the Bayfront Convention Center, 1 Sassafras Pier, Erie, PA 16507. The media and public are encouraged to attend and can submit inquiries to policy@pahouse.net . Legislators from across the state will join Merski and Bizzarro for a discussion on how businesses have partnered with other local industries, adapted during the pandemic and what the state can do to support growth and recovery efforts for the industry. Information about this and other House Democratic Policy Committee hearings can be found at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro, Policy Committee to tour Presque Isle State Park Monday

(Jul 30, 2021)

ERIE, July 30 – In an effort to highlight the economic and environmental beauty that is Presque Isle State Park, state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro is welcoming DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee for a tour of the 3000+ acre state park. The tour will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, August 2 at Presque Isle State Park, 301 Peninsula Dr., Tom Ridge Center. The media is encouraged to attend. Inquiries may be submitted to policy@pahouse.net . Information about this and other House Democratic Policy Committee hearings can be found at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more

 

Tourism, jobs, sustainability and more focus of Policy Committee tour, discussion at Kennywood Amusement Park

(Jul 28, 2021)

West Mifflin, July 28 -- Today’s House Democratic Policy Committee tour at Kennywood highlighted the far-reaching impacts and boosts Kennywood and other state amusement parks have on the communities they call home. State Reps. Nick Pisciottano and Austin Davis welcomed chairman Ryan Bizzarro and members of the Policy Committee to Kennywood for a tour of the facility and round table on the jobs it brings to the region and further economic impacts on the tourism industry, trades and more. “Kennywood remains an economic driver for the Mon Valley, bringing in families from near and far,” said Davis, Vice Chair of the Policy Committee and chairman of the Allegheny County Delegation. “I continue to support efforts to boost tourism and recreational opportunities at Kennywood and other destinations like it across Pennsylvania, especially as they rebuild from the pandemic. Today’s discussion opened up pathways for solutions to boost our state’s finest attractions and keep them running for years to come.” “As a member of the House Tourism and Recreation Committee, I’ve been touring several great attractions across Allegheny County this summer, including Kennywood,” said state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny. “We know that many tourism sites across our state are continuing to recover from the pandemic, and we had a productive conversation about the best ways we can support them and help Read more

 

The power of solar is highlight of Policy Committee tour and roundtable discussion in Millvale

(Jul 26, 2021)

MILLVALE, July 26 -- State Rep. Sara Innamorato hosted the House Democratic Policy Committee for a look at how Millvale is crafting sustainable community solutions that could be models for the rest of the state. Zaheen Hussain, former director of sustainability and Millvale Ecodistrict coordinator and Joseph McLaughlin, microgrid educational program coordinator provided a tour of Millvale Food and Energy Hub, showcasing their community sustainability efforts, including their solar energy microgrid. “The community of Millvale is no stranger to the harmful effects of pollution and has become a leader in community efforts to move toward cleaner, renewable energy. It’s important for residents to have a say in the future of their neighborhoods,” said Innamorato. “That’s why I am pleased to host the House Democratic Policy Committee in Millvale to talk about the positive impacts community-led initiatives on solar and renewable energy can have on our state. Our tour of the Millvale Food and Energy Hub will drive important legislation to help make Pennsylvania a cleaner, greener place to live, work, and play.” Chairman Ryan Bizzarro added, “This was a great opportunity to see how communities can be revitalized, while maintaining affordability for those in the community. Economic opportunities, family-sustaining jobs, and growth are at the center of green-collar prospects, and I thank Rep. Innamorato for hosting the committee to see Read more

 

Committee to discuss pandemic impact on PA’s tourism economy

(Jul 26, 2021)

WEST MIFFLIN, July 26 – The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the economic impact of amusement parks on the regional economy is the topic of a tour and hearing hosted by state Rep. Nick Pisciottano. The tour will start at 9 a.m. on July 28th at Kennywood, 4800 Kennywood Blvd, West Mifflin, PA 15122. The media is encouraged to attend and media inquiries may be submitted via email to policy@pahouse.net . Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, will be joined by committee chair, Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, Allegheny County Delegation Chairman Austin Davis and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss the impacts of the pandemic on amusement parks, and their role in supporting the local economy and providing employment opportunities. Information about this and other House Democratic Policy Committee hearings can be found at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more

 

Carbon capture and Pennsylvania’s energy future focus of Wednesday hearing in Philadelphia

(Jul 20, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, July 20 – Carbon capture and its place in limiting greenhouse gas emissions and contributing to the green economy will be explored at a hearing hosted by state Rep. Joe Hohenstein. The hearing will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 21 at the Port of Philadelphia, 3460 N. Delaware Ave., 19134. The media is invited to attend and media inquiries may be submitted via email to policy@pahouse.net . Hohenstein, D-Phila., will be joined by Vice Chair Mary Isaacson and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss nationwide efforts to support carbon capture and its impact on the economy and environment. Information about this and other House Democratic Policy Committee hearings can be found at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . ### CONTACT: Nicole Brunner The Office of State Representative Ryan Bizzarro Phone: 717-645-7316 Email: nbrunner@pahouse.net Read more

 

Mushroom farming economic impact focus of Chester County hearing

(Jul 19, 2021)

LANDENBERG, July 20 – The intricacies of Pennsylvania’s mushroom industry, which provides most of the mushrooms consumed across the United States and millions in economic benefits to the state, is the focus of a scheduled hearing to be hosted by state Rep. Christina Sappey. The hearing will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 20 at the New Garden Township Building, 299 Starr Road, Landenberg, PA 19350. Media inquiries may be submitted via email to policy@pahouse.net . Sappey, D-Chester, will be joined by Vice-Chair Mary Isaacson and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss the difficulties faced by the mushroom industry in meeting demand, growing their facilities, and educating the next generation of leaders. Information about this and other House Democratic Policy Committee hearings can be found at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . ### Read more

 

Development and transparency in digital currencies focus of Nelson’s House Democratic Policy Committee

(Jul 19, 2021)

HARRISBURG, July 19 – Emerging digital and cryptocurrency, and positioning Pennsylvania to be an innovator for a digital currency future, was the focus of state Rep. Napoleon Nelson ’s House Democratic Policy Committee hearing. Nelson recently established the bipartisan House Emerging Technologies Caucus in Pennsylvania and has an extensive background in finance and technology. He brought together the following cast of world-renowned digital currency experts to inform the committee on what is blockchain and cryptocurrency and how Pennsylvania can position itself as a leader in adapting new technologies: Andrew Bull , esquire | Bull Blockchain Law. Gerard Dache , Government Blockchain Association – Global. Tonya Evans , founder | Advantage Evans Academy; professor, Penn State Dickinson School of Law. Brian Knight , director of innovation and governance/ senior research fellow | Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Scott Nissenbaum , president & CEO | Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern PA Kevin Werbach , professor | University of Pennsylvania. Miller Whitehouse-Levine , director of policy | Blockchain Association. Additionally, written testimony was submitted by Blockchain Innovation Group of PA, an organization aimed at developing an environment that fosters innovation, employment and investment in the state. "Technology advances quickly in this internet age – so quickly, in fact, that it's Read more

 

Bizzarro launches online Community Help Center

(Jul 19, 2021)

ERIE, July 19 -- In an effort to more easily help residents navigate state programs and services, state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro has launched a new feature on his website to help residents on their timeline – the Community Help Center. The form – available 24/7 at http://www.pahouse.com/bizzarro -- is a starting point where residents can input their name and address, and note how Bizzarro and his staff can help them with services, including birth and death certificate requests, state health insurance coverage, PennDOT documentation, unemployment compensation and more. “I am all about improving access to state government for Erie residents. My Erie offices are among the busiest constituent service offices in the state and we are consistently helping people across district and party lines, especially through the pandemic,” Bizzarro explained. “Creating this online starting point to help residents is just one more way we’re making it easier for people access to their state government and I am thrilled to be the first in the House to bring this level of service to our community.” After filling out the online form, applicants can expect to receive a response from Bizzarro’s team within two business days. For urgent matters, the representative encourages residents to call his office at 814-835-2880. Regular office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Peninsula Plaza Office Read more

 

Police, Labor Relations topic of public hearing hosted by Pa. Legislative Black Caucus Wednesday
Aug 17, 2021

Herrin to host public hearing Tuesday with focus on quality, reliable childcare access
Aug 13, 2021

Supporting veterans focus of Hill-Evans public hearing Monday
Aug 13, 2021

Rep. Bizzarro Senior Fair and Older Living Expo returns to McDowell Intermediate Monday, Aug. 16
Aug 12, 2021

Philadelphia schools share how they are tackling a third pandemic year
Aug 11, 2021

Protecting public spaces, expanding infrastructure improvements focus of Driscoll’s public hearing
Aug 10, 2021

Jobs and healthcare access focus of Temple Health Juniata Park Campus Tour Monday
Aug 08, 2021

Summer 2021 Newsletter
Aug 05, 2021

Erie County projects to receive almost $500,000 in state funding
Aug 03, 2021

Erie Delegation to tour LECOM Tuesday
Aug 02, 2021

Representative Ryan Bizzarro shows House Democratic Policy Committee erosion and infrastructure of Presque Isle
Aug 02, 2021

Erie Reps. Bob Merski and Ryan Bizzarro to host conversation on economic impact of local breweries, distilleries, wineries
Aug 02, 2021

Rep. Bizzarro, Policy Committee to tour Presque Isle State Park Monday
Jul 30, 2021

Tourism, jobs, sustainability and more focus of Policy Committee tour, discussion at Kennywood Amusement Park
Jul 28, 2021

The power of solar is highlight of Policy Committee tour and roundtable discussion in Millvale
Jul 26, 2021

Committee to discuss pandemic impact on PA’s tourism economy
Jul 26, 2021

Carbon capture and Pennsylvania’s energy future focus of Wednesday hearing in Philadelphia
Jul 20, 2021

Mushroom farming economic impact focus of Chester County hearing
Jul 19, 2021

Development and transparency in digital currencies focus of Nelson’s House Democratic Policy Committee
Jul 19, 2021

Bizzarro launches online Community Help Center
Jul 19, 2021