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House. Children and Youth Committee

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 2001 - Present

biographical statement

The Children and Youth Committee is a product of several prior committees and various name changes. The Youth and Aging Committee was created in the 1989-1990 Session to deal more specifically with the issues of the increasing older population in Pennsylvania as well as the young people. These issues had previously been handled by the Youth and Aging Subcommittee in the Health and Welfare Committee. In 1991, the name of the Youth and Aging Committee was changed to the Aging and Youth Committee and this Committee remained in existence until 2000. In 2001, the Aging and Youth Committee was broken into two separate committees: The Aging and Older Adult Services Committee and Children and Youth Committees because the issues surrounding both the older population and the youth in Pennsylvania required in depth committee work in addition to the issues being entirely separate in concerns, approach and handling. Beginning in 2001, the Children and Youth Committee handled a variety of issues such as child care services, child abuse concerns and foster care and adoption, to name just a few.

Abstract:

Pennsylvania Manuals; 1987-1988, 1989-1990, 1991-1992 and 2001-2002

Found in 13 Collections and/or Records:

Children and Youth Committee, 2001-2002

 Collection
Identifier: ST2001_04
Scope and Contents

The records of the Children and Youth Committee from the 2001-2002 session, the Republicans in the Majority. The Chairs were Jerry Birmelin (Majority) and Michael Gruitza (Minority). The Vice Chairs were Julie Harhart (Majority) and Constance Williams (Minority). The Secretaries were Jeff Coleman (Majority) and Angel Cruz (Minority).

Dates: 2001 - 2002

Children and Youth Committee, 2003-2004

 Collection
Identifier: ST2003_04
Scope and Contents The Children and Youth Committee records from the 2003-2004 session, the Republicans in the Majority. The committee addressed a wide range of topics: from mental health services for those with drug and alcohol addictions to ways to stop mothers from smoking while pregnant, from autism and child abuse to teen suicide screenings for at-risk teens. They also toured the Danville Center for Adolescent Females at the Danville State Hospital.The Chairs were Jerry Wayne Birmelin...
Dates: 2003 - 2004

Children and Youth Committee, 2005-2006

 Collection
Identifier: ST2005_04
Scope and Contents The 2005-2006 Children and Youth Committee, chaired by Republican Jerry Birmelin, focused mainly on child abuse and neglect issues, day care and child care issues, foster children's rights, the Children's Trust Fund Act, and the effects of violent games on children. The committee held meetings on these issues and attended tours of the Schaffner Youth Detention Center in Steelton and the Auditor General's Child Care Center.Public Hearings were held on injury prevention and...
Dates: 2005 - 2006

Children and Youth Committee, 2007-2008

 Collection
Identifier: ST2007_04
Scope and Contents The Children and Youth Committee of the 2007-2008 Session was chaired by Democrat Louise Bishop. She, with fellow democrats Rosita Youngblood (Vice Chair) and Ken Smith (Secretary) ran the committee with Republicans Carol Rubley (Minority Chair) and Julie Harhart (Minority Vice Chair). This committee held many public hearings involving topics such as Preventing School Violence, Prevention of Substance Abuse, Violence against Children, After School Programs, the Child Wefare...
Dates: 2007 - 2008

Children and Youth Committee, 2009-2010

 Collection
Identifier: ST2009_04
Scope and Contents The Children and Youth Committee of the 2009-2010 Session was chaired by Democrat Louise Bishop. She, with fellow Democrats Steve Samuelson (Vice Chair) and Patrick Harkins (Secretary) ran the committee with Republicans Dennis O'Brien (Minority Chair), Dan Moul (Minority Vice Chair), and Jim Cox (Minority Secretary). This committee held many public hearings involving topics such as Fostercare, Violence in Videogames, Breastfeeding in Public Rights, Illegal Drugs and Alcohol,...
Dates: 2009 - 2010; Acquisition: 2010-07-12

Children and Youth Committee, 2011-2012

 Collection
Identifier: ST2011_04
Scope and Contents The Chair for the Children and Youth Committee 2011-2012 was Dennis M. O'Brien (Majority) and Louise W. Bishop (D). The Vice Chair was Dan Moul (Majority) and Kenyatta J. Johnson (D). The Secretary was Thomas P. Murt (Majority) and Michelle F. Brownlee (D).The major topics of the session were Child Sexual Abuse, Adoption, and Child Welfare. A hot topic of 2011-2012, while not directly addressed by the committee, was the Penn State University sex scandal involving Jerry Sanduski....
Dates: 2011 - 2012; Acquisition: 2012-10-12

Children and Youth Committee, 2013-2014

 Collection
Identifier: ST2013_04
Scope and Contents The records of the Children and Youth Committee from the 2013-2014 session, the Republicans in majority. The Chairs of the committee were Katherine Watson (majority) and Louise Williams Bishop (minority). The majority Vice Chair was Dan Moul and Michelle Brownlee served as minority Vice Chair. The Secretaries were Tarah Toohil (majority) and Mark Rozzi (minority).The Committee met to discuss and vote on various bills related to child abuse, foster care, and adoption. The...
Dates: 2013 - 2014; Acquisition: 2014-11-18

Children and Youth Committee, 2015-2016

 Collection
Identifier: ST2015_04
Scope and Contents The records of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ Children and Youth Committee, the Republicans in the majority, the Democrats in the minority. The Chairs of the Committee were Katherine M. Watson (majority) and Scott Conklin (minority). The Children and Youth Committee of 2015-2016 changed legislation concerning public and religious child care facilities as well as regulations regarding adoption, foster care, and public welfare. The Committee made various amendments to...
Dates: 2015 - 2016; Acquisition: 2016-12-19

Children and Youth Committee, 2017-2018

 Collection
Identifier: ST2017_04
Scope and Contents

The records of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives' Children and Youth Committee, the Republicans were in the majority, the Democrats in the minority. The Chairs of the Committee were Katharine Watson (majority) and Scott Conklin (minority).

This Committee met to discuss issues relating to children in the Commonwealth relating to child abuse, mandated reporting, foster care and grandparents raising grandchildren.

Dates: 2017 - 2018

Children and Youth Committee, 2019-2020

 Collection
Identifier: 2021.027
Scope and Contents

The records of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives' Children and Youth Committee, the Republicans were in the majority, the Democrats in the minority. The Chairs of the Committee were Karen Boback (majority) and Joseph A. Petrarca (minority).

This Committee met to discuss issues relating to children in the Commonwealth relating to child abuse, mandated reporting, foster care and grandparents raising grandchildren.

Dates: 2019 - 2020; Acquisition: 2021-02-26