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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Kosierowski, HDPC look at mental health professionals in schools

(7 hours ago)

DICKSON CITY, Feb. 19 – State Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at Dickson City Borough on the shortage of mental health professionals in schools. Kosierowski was joined by fellow state legislators, including HDPC Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, to discuss the importance of schools having mental health professionals available. She is working on legislation that would establish a loan forgiveness program for individuals seeking to serve as school counselors, psychologists, or social workers. “The mental health crisis does not only impact adults, it affects many of our young students as well,” Kosierowski said. “The safety and well-being of children is one of my core issues as a lawmaker, and I want to make sure our schools have the staff and resources they need to help students address mental issues like depression and anxiety.” Sturla added, “It is critical that schools have mental health professionals that can readily help students who are overcoming adverse childhood experiences. I commend Representative Kosierowski for spotlighting this issue, so we can provide better support to schools and to those Pennsylvanians pursuing a career in this mental health field. The panelists included: Meghna Patel, deputy secretary for health innovation, Pennsylvania Department of Health; Sister Gail Cabral, professor of Read more

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