DeLissio’s 87th Town Hall: PA House Resolutions to amend the U.S. Constitution

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 9 -- State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will host her 87th Town Hall Meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Roxborough YMCA, 7201 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia, 19128. PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION!

Two separate Pennsylvania House resolutions that would ultimately amend the U.S. Constitution will be discussed at this town hall.

A speaker from PA United to Amend will talk about Free and Fair Elections. This resolution addresses the need for campaign finance reform and for fixing election systems to cut down on special interest and dark money.

This House resolution will be offered by Reps. Tom Murt and Jared Solomon; the resolution has not yet been introduced this session.

A speaker from the Convention of States Project will talk about imposing fiscal restraints on the federal government, limiting its power and jurisdiction, and imposing term limits on its officials and members of Congress. H.R. 206 introduced by Rep. Matt Gabler supports this call for a convention.

A speaker from Common Cause PA will offer a differing view as to why the mechanism that both these resolutions propose to use, Article V of the U.S. Constitution that gives states the power to call a Convention of States to propose amendments, is not the best way to achieve these goals. It takes 34 states to call the convention and 38 to ratify any amendments that are proposed.

“Whether you are in favor of or oppose the goals of these resolutions, it is worth hearing and participating in the discussion,” said DeLissio, who represents the 194th Legislative District in Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. “We hope this month’s Town Hall conversation gives new perspective and information to those unfamiliar with the resolutions or those whose stances are unwavering.

“During my time in office, I have found more and more citizens getting involved in advocacy, particularly grass roots advocacy, with a desire to better understand how the process works and how best they can advocate for change that ensures that citizens’ voices will be heard by elected officials and not just the voices of special interests determined to influence policy outcomes with excessive sums of money.”

Folks from all parts of the 194th Legislative District are welcome. “It is always refreshing to see new and familiar faces at my town halls,” DeLissio added.

Plenty of free parking is available. Take bus route 9, 65, or 62 for public transportation.

More information can be obtained by calling DeLissio’s office at 215-482-8726, or visiting www.pahouse.com/DeLissio.