House Democratic Policy Committee to hold Capitol hearing Monday on utility shutoffs

HARRISBURG, Oct. 22 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, announced today that the House Democratic Policy Committee will hold a public hearing on utility shutoffs.

The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26 in Room G-50 Irvis Office Building. The media and public are invited to watch the livestream at

Requested by Rep. Pete Schweyer, D-Lehigh, the hearing will discuss what more the legislature can do to protect consumers faced with their utilities being shut off, especially during a pandemic. Testifiers will speak remotely, while members will participate in person and remotely.

Testifiers will include: 

  • Tanya McCloskey, acting Pennsylvania consumer advocate.
  • Elizabeth Marx, executive director, Pennsylvania Utility Law Project.
  • Gladys Brown Dutrieuille, chairman, Pennsylvania Utility Commission.
  • Terry Fitzpatrick, president and CEO, Energy Association of Pennsylvania. 

Following the hearing, testimonies and full hearing video will be posted at