Sturla begins 2015-16 House session, looks forward to new start

HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – Rep. Mike Sturla today began his 13th term representing residents of the city of Lancaster and parts of Lancaster and Manheim townships in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Today’s swearing-in ceremony marked the official start of the 2015-16 legislative session. The state constitution mandates the legislature to begin each new session at noon on the first Tuesday of January.

“We certainly have a lot of challenges facing us during the new session, and I look forward to working with Governor-elect Tom Wolf in getting rid of the multibillion-dollar budget deficit left by the previous administration, as well as re-establishing tax fairness and restoring state education funding,” said Sturla, D-Lancaster, who was re-elected by his peers to serve as Democratic Policy Committee chairman.

“Leading the Policy Committee allows me to gather input from my colleagues and their constituents throughout Pennsylvania, so that we can provide a better state government that is more responsive to working people, senior citizens and all businesses small and large,” he said.

Sturla also is a member of the bipartisan, bicameral Basic Education Funding Commission that was created by Act 51 of 2014. It is charged with developing a basic education funding formula, and identifying factors that may be used to determine how to distribute basic education funding among Pennsylvania schools.

Sturla encourages people to visit his constituent service office at 150 E. King St., Suite B, Lancaster, 17602. The office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, can be reached at 717-295-3157. His staff can help with a variety of state-related services, including PennDOT paperwork, PACE/PACENET and Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program applications, and more.

He also invites residents to visit his redesigned website – www.pahouse.com/Sturla – which has links to information on state services and includes a form that allows constituents to email him. He also maintains a legislative Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RepMikeSturla and Twitter feed @RepMikeSturla.