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

 

Blockchain, cryptocurrencies and sandbox legislation focus of Monday’s House Democratic Policy Committee hearing

(Jul 16, 2021)

HARRISBURG, July 16 -- As blockchain and cryptocurrency become part of the mainstream conversation, Pennsylvania must prepare its digital future and state Rep. Napoleon Nelson is hosting a House Democratic Policy Committee discussion with industry experts to discover how the state can do so. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 19 in the House Democratic Caucus Room, 4th Floor, Main Capitol Building. Nelson, D-Montgomery, who recently introduced the bipartisan House Emerging Technologies Caucus, said he is eager to begin this conversation and have his colleagues at the table to discuss the nuances of cryptocurrencies. He also intends to introduce sandbox legislation aimed at testing how to responsibly adopt such new and innovative technologies and to implement regulations. Testifiers will include some of Pennsylvania's blockchain industry leaders, including: Andrew Bull , founder, Bull Blockchain Law. Gerard Dache , executive director, Government Blockchain Association – Global. Tonya Evans , founder | Advantage Evans Academy, and 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, legal Read more

 

Protecting workers, environmental impacts focus of House Democratic Policy Committee tour

(Jul 13, 2021)

MARCUS HOOK, July 13 – A tour of Monroe Energy and roundtable discussion with USW 10-234 steelworkers highlighted how the workers who fuel production efforts can be supported, sustaining energy demands and improving safety. Delaware County State Representatives Brian Kirkland and Jennifer O’Mara hosted the House Democratic Policy Committee and heard from both Monroe Energy officials and the steelworkers about the cumbersome burden Renewable Identification Numbers under the Renewable Fuel Standard Program place on operations. “As Pennsylvania recovers from the global pandemic, it’s critical that we make sure pieces are in place to support workers and prepare for jobs that will help us move forward,” said Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware. “I’m so glad we were able to bring Delaware County voices to this important conversation about the future of energy in Pennsylvania.” The roundtable discussion yielded great conversation on how to urge federal RINs reform and what state action could be taken to help workers, Monroe Energy and the surrounding community work together for the well-being of public health, safety and economic vitality. USW steelworkers shared that they are currently exceeding safety requirements and have additional concerns regarding oversees operations and the global environmental impacts. “I’m honored to have my colleagues join us in Delco to see the impact this facility has on our community, Read more

 

Prescription drug pricing reforms essential for public health, and economy

(Jul 12, 2021)

HARRISBURG, July 12 -- State Representatives Emily Kinkead and Eddie Day Pashinski today hosted a public hearing to discuss the need for drastic reforms to drive down the costs of prescription drugs for the well-being of Pennsylvanians who rely on medications for an improved quality of life. The hearing, a meeting of the Policy Committee’s Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People, included testimony on how prescription drug pricing is calculated, some of the cost drivers and legislative action needed to regulate pricing. Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, chair of the subcommittee, and legislators from across the state joined both in person and online for the discussion. Sean Zmenkowski, a constituent services advisor for Rep. Kinkead, shared his experience as a type one diabetic reliant on insulin to survive and the career choices he has had to make in order to maintain access to life-sustaining medication. “Far too many Pennsylvanians have to make painful choices regarding life-saving medications – going without or rationing their medicine – either option is inexcusable,” said state Rep. Emily Kinkead, D-Allegheny. “I remain committed to working with my colleagues to come up with solutions, including a prescription drug importation program, to ensure the prescription drugs our residents need are accessible and affordable. It’s clear we need long-term solutions to help our residents, and we can make it happen.” Read more

 

Pandemic-related animal protections focus of Wednesday tour of Brandywine Valley SPCA

(Jul 12, 2021)

WEST CHESTER, July 12 – The essential work of Pennsylvania animal shelters throughout the pandemic did not receive state funding, and state Rep. Liz Hanbidge will host a House Democratic Policy Committee tour and roundtable discussion at the Brandywine Valley SPCA to discover why. The tour will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 14 at 1212 Phoenixville, PA 19380. The roundtable discussion will immediately follow the tour. The tour and roundtable discussion are open to the media, but closed to the public. Committee Chair Ryan Bizzarro will join Hanbidge, D-Montgomery, and members of the Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss the impact of the pandemic on intakes, the concerns of many that pandemic pets may swiftly be abandoned as the state reopens, and the continuing struggle to pay for humane law enforcement. Information about this and other House Democratic Policy Committee hearings can be found at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more

 

How new state budget affects Erie: More money for education, rental assistance

(Jul 09, 2021)

More money for education, health departments, nursing homes, child welfare services and to continue an emergency rental and utility assistance program are bright spots in Pennsylvania's new state budget, local officials say. Read more

 

O’Mara, Kirkland to host tour, roundtable discussion on energy jobs, supporting workers

(Jul 09, 2021)

MARCUS HOOK, July 9 – Pennsylvania’s energy economy will be the focus of a House Democratic Policy Committee tour and roundtable hosted by state Reps. Jennifer O’Mara and Brian Kirkland. The tour of Monroe Energy will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 13 followed by a roundtable discussion with workers. The media is encouraged to attend and should email policy@pahouse.net to RSVP to ensure adequate safety equipment is available. This event is closed to the public. O’Mara, who serves as chair of the Southeast Delegation, and Kirkland, both D-Delaware, will be joined by Policy Chair Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss jobs in the energy sector, growth and training opportunities, and worker concerns. Information about this and other House Democratic Policy Committee hearings can be found at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more

 

Kinkead, Pashinski to discuss driving down drug costs

(Jul 08, 2021)

HARRISBURG, July 8 – The runaway costs of prescription medication will be the focus of a virtual hearing of the Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People hosted by state Reps. Elizabeth Fiedler, Emily Kinkead and Eddie Day Pashinski. The hearing will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, July 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 . Kinkead, D-Allegheny, and Pashinski, D-Luzerne, will be joined by Subcommittee Chair Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss innovative approaches to reducing drug costs, providing pathways to low-cost prescriptions, and how drug costs factor into Pennsylvania’s healthcare framework. Information about this and other House Democratic Policy Committee hearings can be found at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more

 

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

Blockchain, cryptocurrencies and sandbox legislation focus of Monday’s House Democratic Policy Committee hearing
Jul 16, 2021

Protecting workers, environmental impacts focus of House Democratic Policy Committee tour
Jul 13, 2021

Prescription drug pricing reforms essential for public health, and economy
Jul 12, 2021

Pandemic-related animal protections focus of Wednesday tour of Brandywine Valley SPCA
Jul 12, 2021

How new state budget affects Erie: More money for education, rental assistance
Jul 09, 2021

O’Mara, Kirkland to host tour, roundtable discussion on energy jobs, supporting workers
Jul 09, 2021

Kinkead, Pashinski to discuss driving down drug costs
Jul 08, 2021