House Democratic Policy Committee to hold public hearing on bullying Tuesday in Erie

- Policy Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, announced that the House Democratic Policy Committee will hold a public hearing on bullying from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday - Tomorrow, at the Villa Maria Academy Auditorium, 2403 W. 8th St., Erie.

State Reps. Ryan Bizzarro and Pat Harkins, both D-Erie, requested the hearing and will serve as co-chairmen. Bizzarro and Harkins are co-sponsoring H.B. 99 that would add definitions and penalties for bullying offenses into state law; H.B. 101 that would focus on the protection of students’ rights; and H.B. 914 that would expand public schools' current bullying policy to apply to actions such as harassment, intimidation, bullying and cyber-bullying.

The current hearing agenda is:
· 4 p.m. – Welcome and opening remarks
· 4:10 p.m. – Panel one:
Ø Jack Daneri, Erie County district attorney
Ø Deb Seng, director of guidance, Villa Maria Academy
Ø Doug White, parent
Ø Rich McCarty, president, Greater Erie Alliance for Equality
· 4:50 p.m. – Panel two:
Ø Dr. Charisse Nixon, associate professor of psychology, Penn State Behrend
Ø TJ Anzivino, vice president, Captain McFinn LLC
Ø Tim Hagan, senior adviser, Captain McFinn LLC
· 5:20 p.m. – Panel three:
Ø Paul Lukach, executive director, Crime Victim Center of Erie County
Ø Amy Blackman, prevention education director, Crime Victim Center of Erie County
Ø Tamara Johnson, outreach coordinator, SafeNet
Ø Patty Puline, coordinator, Safe Kids Erie
· 6 p.m. – Closing remarks

The hearing is open to the public.

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