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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Otten to hold policy hearing on youth mental health Friday in Exton

(22 hours ago)

EXTON, Oct. 15 – State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, will hold a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on youth mental health. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18 at the Lionville YMCA, 100 Devon Drive. The media and public are invited to attend. Otten requested the hearing to discuss factors contributing to the growing youth mental health crisis, along with efforts and proposed solutions to end the stigma associated with mental health and improve access to care and outcomes for children and youth. Otten will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Panelists will include: Dr. Jane Thompson, psychotherapist, Chester Springs Clinical Associates LLC Anna Wojcik, student, Downingtown East High School Sara Stein, student, Downingtown East High School Mary Kwiatkowski, parent, Owen J. Roberts School District Bradley J. Dyer, pediatrician and founder, All Star Pediatrics Perk Musacchio, author, retired teacher and educational consultant Monica Reinhard-Gorney, author/educational counselor Cindy Kruse, Educational and Workforce consultant Dr. Pamela Brown, Southeastern Region president, PSEA Dr. Bridgette Miles, principal, Coatesville Area School District Cynthia Black, president, board of directors, Communities That Care of Greater Downingtown Candy Read more

Daley to co-chair Policy Committee hearing about the Waters of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg on Monday

(54 minutes ago)

Daley requested the hearing to discuss issues facing rivers, dams, the fishing and outdoor recreation industry and agriculture all related to the waters of Pennsylvania. Read more

Sims to host Policy Committee hearing on comprehensive sex education Thursday in Philadelphia

(1 day ago)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 11 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on comprehensive sex education. The hearing will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 at Thomas Jefferson University, Foederer Auditorium, 2 nd floor -- College Building, 1015 Walnut St, 19107. The media and public are invited to attend. Sims has introduced legislation that would require school districts to incorporate age-appropriate, inclusive and science-based comprehensive sex education into the curriculum of all grade levels, including contraception methods for older students. Sims will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 2:00 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks. 2:10 p.m. Panel One: Melissa Weiler Gerber , president and CEO, AccessMatters. Aletha Akers , MD, MPH,FACOG, associate professor of Pediatrics, The Craig Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine. Lynette Medley , MEd, founder/CEO, No More Secrets Mind Body Spirit, Inc. Carlee Warfield , student, Downingtown STEM Academy. 2:45 p.m. Panel Two: Miciah Foster , SistahSpeak! youth project coordinator, New Voices for Reproductive Justice. Dr. Amanda Micucio , general pediatrician, Nemours duPont Pediatrics-Philadelphia. Patricia Fonzi , president and CEO, Family Health Council of Central PA. Read more

10/10/19 – Ending Assault Weapons Violence – Pittsburgh

(Oct 10, 2019)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Ed Gainey. Read more

10/9/19 – Adverse Childhood Experiences – Pittsburgh

(Oct 10, 2019)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Jake Wheatley, Jr. Read more

10/8/19 – Ending Overdose Deaths: Harm Reduction As Drug Policy – Pittsburgh

(Oct 10, 2019)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Sara Innamorato. Read more

10/7/19 – Homecare in PA – Pittsburgh

(Oct 10, 2019)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Bill Kortz. Read more

O’Mara to hold Policy hearing on student loan debt Wednesday in Radnor

(Oct 10, 2019)

RADNOR, Oct. 10 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, will hold a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing next week on the student debt crisis. The hearing will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Cabrini University’s Grace Hall Atrium, 610 King of Prussia Road. The media and public are invited to attend. O’Mara requested the hearing to discuss how the state legislature can relieve this financial burden that many Pennsylvanians carry and how it affects Pennsylvania’s economy. O’Mara will be joined by legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and Republican members of the House Student Debt Caucus. O’Mara is the founder of the bipartisan House Student Debt Caucus and serves on the Public Higher Education Commission. She also plans to introduce legislation that would create a student borrowers’ bill of rights. The current agenda is: 10:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 10:10 a.m. Panel One: Rebecca Yacker , West Chester University graduate Shannon Bertoni , West Chester University graduate Ken Mash , president, Association of Pennsylvania State College & University Faculties Tom Foley , president, Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Pennsylvania 10:40 a.m. Questions & Answers 11:00 a.m. Nathan Hench , senior vice Read more

10/3/19 – Jobs and the Labor Market – Essington

(Oct 03, 2019)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. David Delloso. Read more

10/2/19 – Autism Awareness – Abington

(Oct 03, 2019)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Ben Sanchez. Read more