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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

  • 11:15 a.m.       SCI Frackville
    Representative Neal Goodman (D-Schuylkill)
    Representative Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill)
    Representative Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Dauphin)
    Frank Zukas, President, Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation
    Bill Hanley, Senior Economic Development Specialist, Congressman Cartwright
    Champ Holman, Supervisor, Ryan Township
  • 11:30 a.m.       SCI Mercer
    Matt McConnell, Mercer County Commissioner
    Randy Seitz, Executive Director, Penn Northwest
    Martin Aubel, retired SCI Mercer employee
    Mercer Economic Impact
    Mercer Support Letters
  • 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 –

Commonwealth Foundation
Council of State Governments
Lackawanna County