Rep. DeLissio announces her committee assignments for 2019-2020

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 31 – Pennsylvania House leadership appointed Rep. Pam DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Philadelphia, to serve on four standing committees for the 2019-2020 legislative session.

She will serve on Aging and Older Adult Services, Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Health, and State Government.

“As this new session gets underway, I look forward to working with my colleagues and identifying ways that we can improve various programs and better prioritize how our funds are utilized to improve the lives of our citizens across the Commonwealth,” DeLissio said.

"I am very pleased to continue the important work on these four committees. This will be my fifth term serving on the Aging and Older Adult Services Committee, and my professional background in long-term care and the demographics of our state indicate that we need to develop the best policy to meet the housing and service needs of our older citizens. I believe that my service for the past two years on the PA Long Term Care Council and my more recent participation on the newly convened state DHS Progressive Care Retirement Communities Workgroup has me uniquely positioned to evaluate and develop meaningful policy for our seniors.

“I have served on the Health Committee since my first term, and policies ranging from presumptive eligibility for home care and behavioral health to abortion care are just a few examples of the impactful legislation that comes before this committee.

“The Commonwealth’s government operations and infrastructure is reviewed by the State Government Committee. I find that my 28 years of CEO management background helps me to discern if the policy being considered has value.

“In 2012 I appreciated being assigned to the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. Urban agriculture is a ‘thing.’ The only agricultural high school in the Commonwealth is W.B. Saul, and it is located in the 194th [Legislative District]. Committee membership helps to heighten my appreciation for the 70 percent of the state that is rural. Our urban/rural challenges are different, but without an acceptance of those differences, we are challenged to develop the best overall policy for the greater good of our citizens.

“With these appointments, I am better positioned to advance legislation critical to enhancing the quality of life for all our citizens.

“The majority of policy work is done in committee, and my commitment is to continue to reach across the aisle to create legislation that serves constituents,” DeLissio said. “My commitment is to closely examine the legislation that comes before the committees on which I serve so that we advance quality, meaningful bills that meet the needs of Pennsylvanians.”

There are 24 standing committees in the state House of Representatives. The committee system allows legislators to assess and amend legislation and evaluate important issues before reporting bills to the full House for a vote.

DeLissio said constituents can stay up to date with her work on her committees by attending her monthly town halls and signing up for her periodic e-mail updates through her website, www.pahouse.com/DeLissio.

“I also encourage anyone interested in staying informed to go to www.legis.state.pa.us to check on how I voted and to tune into Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) – Comcast channel 186 and Verizon channel 9 – to view the PA House when it is in session and also watch many committee meetings as they occur,” she said.

DeLissio’s 80th Town Hall was held Saturday, Jan. 26, with approximately 90 people in attendance. Her 81st is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at Green Lane Methodist Church located at 470 Green Lane, Philadelphia, 19128.

“I look forward to sharing and listening with neighbors from all parts of the 194th,” she said.

Information regarding DeLissio’s Town Halls are listed on her website.