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Kosierowski to host HDPC hearing on mental health Feb. 19 in Dickson City

(Feb 13, 2020)

DICKSON CITY, Feb. 13 – State Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lehigh, announced today she will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing next week on the shortage of mental health professionals in Pennsylvania schools. The hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Dickson City Borough, 901 Enterprise Street, Dickson City. Members of the public and media are invited to attend. Kosierowski requested the hearing to discuss the importance of having mental health professionals available in schools. She will be joined by fellow state legislators, including HDPC Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 2:10 p.m. Meghna Patel , deputy secretary for health innovation, Pennsylvania Department of Health 2:40 p.m. Panel of Experts Sr. Gail Cabral Ph.D. , professor of psychology, Marywood University Sandie Lamanna M.S. , psychologist in private practice Jenna Kelly, M.S., p sychologist in private practice 3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks This hearing is part of a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, an agenda focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, providing healthcare access, creating quality schools and providing training for jobs in a fair economy. More information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com . Hearing materials will Read more

 

Policy Recap: January 2020

(Feb 06, 2020)

A summary of Policy Committee meetings held in January 2020. Read more

 

1/30/20 – Supporting Main Street – Upper Providence

(Jan 31, 2020)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Joe Webster. Read more

 

1/29/20 – Hunger Free Campus – Philadelphia

(Jan 31, 2020)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta. Read more

 

Webster, Policy Committee discuss ways the state can support small businesses

(Jan 30, 2020)

WEST NORRITON, Jan. 30 – State Rep. Joe Webster hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing today in Upper Providence to discuss ways the state can support small businesses in the community. “Small businesses are vital to our communities, employing nearly 50 percent of the workforce in Pennsylvania,” said Webster, D-Montgomery. “I want to make sure state support is available to help them grow and thrive, and I was pleased to host state and community experts for a discussion about how we can work together.” Webster requested the hearing to follow up on a meeting held last summer on revitalizing Ridge Pike, otherwise known as Main Street. He was joined today by fellow state legislators, including Policy Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “We want to grow our economy here in Pennsylvania and create more good jobs, and small businesses are an integral part of making that happen,” said Sturla. “Today’s hearing was a great way to talk about how we can better support small businesses for the benefit of all of our communities.” Panelists at the meeting included Aliyah Furman Stranger, southeast regional director, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development; David Zellers, director of the commerce department, Montgomery County Planning Commission; Ryan Rosenbaum, executive director, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce; Joshua Weikert, assistant Read more

 

Webster to host policy hearing on supporting main street’s small businesses Thursday in Upper Providence

(Jan 29, 2020)

WEST NORRITON, Jan. 28 – State Rep. Joe Webster will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing in Upper Providence on how the state can better support small businesses. The hearing, “Supporting Main Street: State Resources for Small Businesses” will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 at the Upper Providence Township Building, 1286 Black Rock Road, Phoenixville. Members of the public and media are invited to attend. Webster requested the hearing to follow up on a previous meeting he hosted to discuss ways to revitalize Ridge Pike, otherwise known as Main Street. He will be joined by fellow state legislators, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster . The current agenda is: 10 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks 10:10 a.m. Aliyah Furman Stranger, southeast regional director, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development 10:25 a.m. David Zellers, director of the commerce department, Montgomery County Planning Commission 10:40 a.m. Panel of business and policy experts: Ryan Rosenbaum, executive director, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Nathan Schadler, president, Lower Providence Business Association Joshua Weikert, assistant professor, Immaculata University Stephen Barth, president, Barth Consulting Group 11:40 a.m. Closing remarks Read more

 

Kenyatta to host Policy hearing on hunger free campus legislation Wednesday in Philadelphia

(Jan 27, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 27 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing to discuss combatting widespread food insecurity among college and university students across Pennsylvania. The hearing will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 at Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 N. Broad St., 19123. Members of the public and media are invited to attend. Kenyatta, who personally struggled with hunger as a college student, requested the hearing to also talk about legislation, H.B. 2055, that he introduced with Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, that would create a grant program to help colleges and universities eliminate campus hunger. He will be joined by fellow state legislators, including HDPC Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and O’Mara. The current hearing agenda is: 10 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks. 10:10 a.m. Cathy Buhrig, director, Bureau of Policy for the Office of Income Maintenance, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. 10:40 a.m. Panel One: • Aaron Rey Ebreo, director of student basic needs, Temple Student Government. • Sara Goldrick-Rab, founder, Hope Center for College, Community and Justice and professor of Higher Education Policy & Sociology, Temple University. 11:20 a.m. Panel Two: • Pam Frontino, associate director of Service-Learning & Volunteer Programs, West Chester University. • Allison Mootz, vice Read more

 

1/17/20 – Pre-K Reimbursements Rates & Early Education – Philadelphia

(Jan 17, 2020)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Mike Driscoll. Read more

 

1/16/20 – Disability Policy Issues – Philadelphia

(Jan 17, 2020)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Joe Hohenstein. Read more

 

Driscoll, Policy Committee discuss Pre-K reimbursement rates and early childhood education at Policy roundtable

(Jan 17, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Michael J. Driscoll, D-Phila., hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public roundtable today to discuss Pre-K reimbursement rates and early education. “Pre-K and early learning are vital to our children and to the world in which they will need to function as they grow into young adults and finally adults who will compose our work force,” Driscoll said. “It is imperative that we find solutions to properly fund Pre-K and early childhood educational opportunities for all children across Pennsylvania so that the burden of footing the bill doesn’t fall solely to providers.” Driscoll requested the roundtable to explore how state funding gaps impact early childhood education programs. He was joined by fellow state legislators, including HDPC Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “Today’s discussion shows there are many opportunities for us to consider as we continue to make investing in early childhood education a priority,” Sturla said. “With gaps as high as 30% between current funding provided by the state and the operational costs of these programs, early childhood education programs at SPIN and across the state are seriously underfunded, resulting in underpaid teachers, programs that operate in deficit, and potential for program closures.” Panelists of the roundtable included Tracey Campanini , deputy secretary of the PA Office of Read more

 

Hohenstein hosts Policy hearing on disability rights, first Disabilities Summit in Philadelphia

(Jan 17, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 17 – To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act, state Rep. Joe Hohenstein spearheaded a series of events held Thursday at Community Behavioral Health geared toward improving disability rights and services across Pennsylvania. The freshman legislator kicked off the series with his first Disabilities Summit, which focused on the successes of disability rights in the three decades since the enactment of the ADA and explored other progressive measures through discussions among community and business stakeholders, and federal and state elected officials. “I am excited to have this summit to initiate conversations reflecting on the progress the ADA has made for disability rights and how we as advocates from the government, the business community, and local advocacy groups, can work together to build upon that progress,” Hohenstein said. “Demanding and ensuring rights for citizens living with disabilities takes a concerted effort from all advocacy factions. I am especially grateful for our partners at SpARC and Philadelphia Autism Project who have worked tirelessly to put together the program.” To bolster disability rights through governmental policy, Hohenstein also hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing to discuss more comprehensive approaches to strengthen the ADA and ensure accessibility to services, equal rights and equal opportunities for all Read more

 

Driscoll to host Policy roundtable to discuss Pre-K reimbursement rates and early education Friday in Philadelphia

(Jan 14, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 14 – State Rep. Michael J. Driscoll, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public roundtable discussion on Pre-K reimbursement rates and early education. The discussion will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at SPIN, 10980 Norcom Road, Philadelphia, Pa. 19154. Members of the public and media are invited to attend. Driscoll requested this roundtable to explore how state funding gaps impact early childhood education programs. He will be joined by fellow state legislators, including HDPC Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Panelists include: Tracey Campanini, deputy secretary, Pa. Office of Child Development and Early Learning Kathy McHale, president & CEO, SPIN Fred Wright, president, AFSCME Local 1739 Ann O’Brien, CEO, Wonderspring Maddy Malis, president & CEO, Federation Early Learning Services Donna Cooper, executive director, Public Citizens for Children and Youth Tyrone Scott, director of government and external affairs, First Up This roundtable is among a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, providing health care access, creating quality schools and providing training for jobs in a fair economy. More information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com and hearing materials are at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . ### Read more

 

Hohenstein to host first Disabilities Summit, Policy hearing on disability rights Thursday in Philadelphia

(Jan 13, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 13 – To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act, state Rep. Joe Hohenstein, D-Phila., announced today he will host a series of events geared toward improving disability rights and services across Pennsylvania. Hohenstein will host his first Disabilities Summit from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 at Community Behavioral Heath, 801 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19107 . Coinciding with the summit, at 3 p.m ., the freshman legislator will also host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on disability rights in policy. Members of the public and media are invited to attend. Hohenstein requested the hearing to discuss more comprehensive approaches to strengthen the ADA and ensure accessibility to services, equal rights and equal opportunities for all Pennsylvanians living with disabilities. He will be joined by fellow state legislators, including HDPC Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Testifiers will include: State Senator Christine Tartaglione, D-Phila. Official from Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Karen Goss, director, Mid-Atlantic ADA Center Neil McDevitt, executive director, Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre Representative from the Pennsylvania Home Care Association Latoya Maddox, advocate and independent living specialist Liam Dougherty, advocate and member of Disabled in Action of Pennsylvania Inc. Read more

 

1/10/20 – House Bill 1974 – Philadelphia

(Jan 10, 2020)

Materials from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Mary Isaacson. Read more

 

1/9/20 – Net Neutrality – Philadelphia

(Jan 10, 2020)

Materials from a joint public hearing with Senate Democratic Policy Committee hosted by State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler. Read more

 

1/8/20 – Social Determinants of Health – Philadelphia

(Jan 10, 2020)

Materials from a public roundtable hosted by State Rep. Pam DeLissio. Read more

 

Isaacson, Policy Committee discuss legislation to stop transmission of unsolicited sexually explicit images

(Jan 10, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 10 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing today at the Crane Center on her H.B. 1974, which would prohibit someone from distributing sexually explicit images without consent from the receiving party. “It’s concerning that there’s nothing in place currently to protect unsuspecting Pennsylvanians from opening a text message or an email to find an unsolicited sexually explicit image,” Isaacson said. “Unsolicited sexually explicit images aren’t a flirtation tool nor are they a joke. They’re a form of sexual harassment, a contributor to rape culture, and a serious breach of consent, which is why I’ve introduced this legislation and why today’s hearing to discuss the issue was so important.” Testifiers during the hearing included Caroline Ellis Roche, chief of staff at Bumble; Jovida Hill, executive director of the Philadelphia Commission for Women; and Monique Howard, executive director of WOAR. This hearing was one in a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, a legislative and policy agenda focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, providing healthcare access, creating quality schools and providing training for jobs in a fair economy. More information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com . Hearing materials will be available at Read more

 

Isaacson to hold Policy hearing Friday in Philadelphia on her legislation that would stop transmission of unsolicited sexually explicit images

(Jan 06, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on her legislation (House Bill 1974) that would prohibit someone from distributing sexually explicit images without consent from the receiving party. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 10. at the Crane Center, 1001 Vine St., Philadelphia, PA 19107. Isaacson requested the hearing to discuss the issues of sexual harassment and consent as it relates to distributing sexually explicit images. She will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 10:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 10:10 a.m. Caroline Ellis Roche, Chief of Staff, Bumble 10:40 a.m. Panel of Advocates: Jovida Hill, Executive Director, Philadelphia Commission for Women Dr. Monique Howard, Executive Director, Women Organized Against Rape 11:20 a.m. Closing Remarks This hearing is among a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, providing health care access, creating quality schools and providing training for jobs in a fair economy. More information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com and hearing materials are at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . ### Read more

 

Policy Recap: December 2019

(Dec 16, 2019)

A summary of Policy Committee meetings held in December 2019. Read more

 

12/13/19 – Residential Stormwater Management – Phoenixville

(Dec 16, 2019)

Materials from a public forum hosted by State Rep. Melissa Shusterman. Read more

 

Kosierowski to host HDPC hearing on mental health Feb. 19 in Dickson City
Feb 13, 2020

Policy Recap: January 2020
Feb 06, 2020

1/30/20 – Supporting Main Street – Upper Providence
Jan 31, 2020

1/29/20 – Hunger Free Campus – Philadelphia
Jan 31, 2020

Webster, Policy Committee discuss ways the state can support small businesses
Jan 30, 2020

Webster to host policy hearing on supporting main street’s small businesses Thursday in Upper Providence
Jan 29, 2020

Kenyatta to host Policy hearing on hunger free campus legislation Wednesday in Philadelphia
Jan 27, 2020

1/17/20 – Pre-K Reimbursements Rates & Early Education – Philadelphia
Jan 17, 2020

1/16/20 – Disability Policy Issues – Philadelphia
Jan 17, 2020

Driscoll, Policy Committee discuss Pre-K reimbursement rates and early childhood education at Policy roundtable
Jan 17, 2020

Hohenstein hosts Policy hearing on disability rights, first Disabilities Summit in Philadelphia
Jan 17, 2020

Driscoll to host Policy roundtable to discuss Pre-K reimbursement rates and early education Friday in Philadelphia
Jan 14, 2020

Hohenstein to host first Disabilities Summit, Policy hearing on disability rights Thursday in Philadelphia
Jan 13, 2020

1/10/20 – House Bill 1974 – Philadelphia
Jan 10, 2020

1/9/20 – Net Neutrality – Philadelphia
Jan 10, 2020

1/8/20 – Social Determinants of Health – Philadelphia
Jan 10, 2020

Isaacson, Policy Committee discuss legislation to stop transmission of unsolicited sexually explicit images
Jan 10, 2020

Isaacson to hold Policy hearing Friday in Philadelphia on her legislation that would stop transmission of unsolicited sexually explicit images
Jan 06, 2020

Policy Recap: December 2019
Dec 16, 2019

12/13/19 – Residential Stormwater Management – Phoenixville
Dec 16, 2019