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Press & Testimony

March 23, 2023
Statement on Chief Public Safety Officer Charter Amendment
Seventy has become increasingly concerned about the proliferation of Charter amendments over the past 20 years. The process by which this proposed amendment was passed by City Council adds to these concerns.
March 16, 2023
Committee of Seventy Releases Democracy Agenda for Philadelphia
This blueprint for the next administration and City Council is designed to promote transparent and accountable government and strengthen democracy in Philadelphia.
February 06, 2023
Testimony on Civil Service Exemption for Citizens Police Oversight Commission
The Committee of Seventy expressed concern about a proposal to create a special carve out from the civil service system for staff of the Citizens Police Oversight Commission and urged lawmakers to instead focus on the systemic and underlying issues in recruitment, hiring, retention and promotion that plague the city workforce.
January 27, 2023
Testimony on Rules Reform and Bipartisanship
C70 Chief Policy Officer Pat Christmas submits testimony on rules reform and fostering bipartisanship to the Speaker's Workgroup to Move Pennsylvania Forward.
January 26, 2023
BallotPA Testimony on Bipartisanship for Speaker's Workgroup
BallotPA chair David Thornburgh urged Speaker Rozzi and his bipartisan workgroup members to consider allowing independents to vote in primary elections as a means to ease partisan gridlock.
January 19, 2023
Lauren Cristella Named Interim President of the Committee of Seventy
Cristella will retain the title of Chief Operating Officer as the nonpartisan nonprofit’s Transition Committee works to make future recommendations to the board.
January 12, 2023
State Senate Passes Controversial Amendments to Constitution
The Committee of Seventy is deeply concerned about the PA Senate's approval of two controversial amendments to the state Constitution.
January 06, 2023
C70 President and CEO Al Schmidt to Receive Presidential Citizens Medal
The medal, the second-highest civilian award given by our government, recognizes extraordinary efforts to protect American democracy.
January 05, 2023
Governor-elect Josh Shapiro nominates C70 President and CEO Al Schmidt as Secretary of the Commonwealth
Governor-elect Josh Shapiro announced his intent to appoint Al Schmidt, President and CEO of the Committee of Seventy, as Secretary of the Commonwealth.
December 07, 2022 • Press Releases
C70 to Serve as Community Hub for Lenfest “Every Voice, Every Vote” coalition
The project aims to amplify the issues that matter to voters in neighborhoods across Philadelphia during the 2023 municipal election.