Welfare Briefing with Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum

Senate Majority Policy Committee

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 | 8:30 a.m.

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-A

Welfare Briefing with Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum

8:30 a.m.         Welcome and Opening Remarks 

Senator David G. Argall, Chairman, Senate Majority Policy Committee
Representative Kerry Benninghoff, Chairman, House Majority Policy Committee

8:35 a.m.         The Honorable Rick Santorum

Former U.S. Senator of Pennsylvania

10:00 a.m.       Adjourn

Proposed State Correctional Institution Closures

Joint Hearing

Senate Majority Policy Committee, Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee

Monday, January 23, 2017 | 9:00 a.m.

Hearing Room No. 1
North Office Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120

9:00 a.m.         Welcome and Opening Remarks
Senator David G. Argall, Chair of Senate Majority Policy Committee
Senator Stewart Greenleaf, Chair of Senate Judiciary Committee
Senator Lisa Boscola, Chair of Senate Democratic Policy Committee
Senator Daylin Leach, Democratic Chair of Senate Judiciary Committee

9:10 a.m.         Department of Corrections
Executive Deputy Secretary Shirley Moore Smeal
Chris Oppman, Deputy Secretary of Administration
Tabb Bickell, Regional Deputy Secretary
Dr. Bret Bucklen, Director of Planning, Research and Statistics
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Secretary John Wetzel            

10:10 a.m.       Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association
Jason Bloom, President
Tim Walsh, Executive Vice President

10:35 a.m.       Pennsylvania Prison Society
Ann Schwartzman, Executive Director

10:55 a.m.       Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association
David Freed, Cumberland County District Attorney

11:15 a.m.       Community Leaders

  • 11:45 a.m.       SCI Pittsburgh
    Representative Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny)
    Kevin Hefty, Vice President of SEIU Healthcare PA
  • 12:00 p.m.      SCI Retreat
    Stefanie Salavantis, Luzerne County District Attorney
    Peter Wanchisen, Newport Township Manager
    David Pedri, Luzerne County Manager
  • 12:15 p.m.      SCI Waymart
    Wendell Kay, Wayne County Commissioner
    Mary Beth Wood, Executive Director, Wayne Economic Development Corporation
    Debbie Gillette, Executive Director, Chamber of the Northern Poconos

12:30 p.m.      Adjourn

Written testimony submitted –


Pennsylvania Pet Protection Hearing – Senate Bill 373

Joint Public Hearing
Senate Majority Policy and Judiciary Committees
SB373 – Dog Tethering and Shelter Standards

April 17, 2015
12:30 p.m.

Charlie Sterner Building at the Gettysburg Recreational Hall
545 Long Lane
Gettysburg, PA 17325


12:30 p.m.
Welcome & Opening Remarks

Senator David G. Argall, Chairman of Senate Majority Policy Committee
Senator Stewart Greenleaf, Chairman of Senate Judiciary Committee
Senator Richard Alloway

12:45 p.m.
Adams County Animal Shelter

Officer Abby Avery, Humane Officer and Shelter Manager

1:05 p.m.
Western PA Humane Society
Mary Kennedy Withrow, Director of Government and Community Relations/Assistant Director of Behavior and Enrichment

1:25 p.m.
The Humane Society of the US

Inga Fricke, Director, Shelter and Rescue Group Services

1:45 p.m.