HARRISBURG – The drive to change the name of the Department of Public Welfare to the Department of Human Services took an important step forward today with the Senate Health and Welfare Committee’s approval of a House-passed name-change bill.
The committee voted 9 to 2 to send House Bill 993 to the Senate floor for final consideration. It is expected that the bill will receive a final vote the Senate when the General Assembly returns to voting sessions in January.
The committee, chaired by Sen. Pat Vance, a Cumberland County Republican, voted on the bill at the urging of Sen. Robert Mensch, R-Montgomery, who had earlier introduced an identical version in the Senate. Mensch indicated to Senate leaders he was willing to move the House bill so that the name change could be completed more quickly. The House bill was authored by Rep. Thomas Murt, R-Montgomery.
“We thank the committee for taking this important step to move the name change close to a final vote,” said Brian Schreiber, chair of the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership and a leader of the Campaign for What Works. “Changing the name of the department is long overdue. Pennsylvania is finally close to being in sync with the rest of the nation by removing the word “welfare” from it human services agency.”
About Campaign for What Works – Campaign for What Works is a statewide coalition initiated by United Way of Allegheny County, the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership, The Pittsburgh Foundation, and The Forbes Funds to ensure the future of our vital human service programs and, above all, the wellbeing of the people they serve. More than 70 organizations belong to the coalition.