HARRISBURG, May 3 – State Rep. Pamela DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., voted last week in favor of House Bill 1238 , a bill strengthening Pennsylvania’s animal cruelty laws. This bill passed the House with a vote of 167-20. “H.B.1238 gives voice and rights for animals who provide us companionship and service, but can’t speak for themselves,” DeLissio said. “I thank the bi-partisan group of legislators who joined me in bringing their voice to pass this bill.” H.B. 1238, among other reforms, includes Libre’s Law, which would make animal abuse a felony in the Commonwealth. Libre, a Boston terrier rescued from a Lancaster County farm after weeks of severe neglect, joined animal rights activists and other animals last week to rally and encourage state legislators to pass the bill. “This would not have been possible without the efforts of animal lovers and their furry friends from across the Commonwealth working together to push for these reforms,” DeLissio said. “Thank you to everyone who advocated for this bill in Harrisburg and in their communities. With your continued efforts I am optimistic Pennsylvania will finally join 47 other states in making animal abuse a felony. It is documented that abusers of animals are five times as likely to harm humans and by making animal abuse a felony we are hopefully preventing harm to people by these same abusers.” H.B. 1238 now heads Read more
HARRISBURG, April 28 – State Rep. Pamela DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., expressed disappointment with a House vote to approve a less than comprehensive reform bill to update the 20-year-old charter school law. DeLissio opposed House Bill 97 , which passed Tuesday by a vote of 108 to 84 and has been forwarded to the Senate for consideration. The bill mandates the addition of three board members to the current seven-person Charter School Appeal Board, and it will also create a Charter School Funding Advisory Commission to explore funding issues related to charter school entities and make recommendations to the General Assembly and the governor. The bill also creates a standard student-enrollment application. “The legislation does not adequately address flaws in the law that require school districts to pay cyber charter schools far more than the actual cost of educating students, and it doesn’t hold charter schools to the same standards of accountability and transparency as traditional public schools,” DeLissio said. “Additionally, it will create a system for evaluating students, teachers and administrators at charters that would be less rigorous than the system used in traditional public schools, making it challenging to compare strengths in relation to opportunities and outcomes between charters and traditional schools. “Charter school law needs reform, but H.B. 97 fails to provide the direction and opportunity Read more
DeLissio votes for bill allowing lottery-win intercepts in Pennsylvania HARRISBURG, April 27 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio on Monday voted in favor of a bill that would allow the state to intercept lottery winnings from individuals who owe back state taxes, back child support or victim restitution. House Bill 674 would require the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue to conduct a background check on any person who wins more than $2,500 in the Pennsylvania Lottery to determine if the individual owes such money. Any amount owed will be deducted from any winnings and remitted to the state. When both back child support and back taxes are owed, the child support obligation will be given first priority. “This is a reasonable approach to ensuring that a person who receives a winning hand fulfills their obligations to anyone they legally owe,” DeLissio said. “I’m proud to have supported the bill and look forward to quick action in the Senate so that the governor can sign this bill and get children, victims , and the state , money that is rightfully owed.” Read more
PHILADELPHIA, April 20 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will hold a free shredding event for residents of the 194 th Legislative District from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 29, in the lot behind the Magisterial District Court, 925 Montgomery Ave. in Narberth (it is located next to Staples). Availability is on a first-come basis. Shredding will take place at the designated time or until the truck is full. There is a limit of four bags per household (standard storage/banker boxes or grocery bags). "Safe disposal of documents with personal information is one of the best defenses against identity theft,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. "Shredding also is a great way to dispose of unneeded paper in an environmentally friendly way, and I am happy to offer this service to my constituents." DeLissio said common types of unwanted items that should be shredded include credit card statements, credit card applications, bank statements, canceled checks, income tax information, insurance records and retirement or pension fund information. This is a rain or shine event, and all shredding will be done on site. Shredded paper will be recycled. For more information, constituents can call DeLissio’s office at 215-482-8726. Read more
HARRISBURG, April 20 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio (D-Montgomery/Phila.) held meaningful conversations on legislative issues with constituents during her recent “Policy Pow Wow,” held in her district office. The Pow-Wow format allows for a deep and balanced look at policy issues. About 20 people gathered April 12 for discussion on two subjects: Senate Bill 10, known as the Municipal Sanctuary and Federal Enforcement (SAFE) Act, which is related to the issue of sanctuary cities in Pennsylvania. Senate Bill 3, the Pain Capable/Dismemberment Legislation, one of the strictest abortion-ban laws in the country. “I was happy to hear from constituents interested in both of the subjects,” DeLissio said. “Those who attended were genuinely interested in understanding all points of view and understanding the process that has gotten the legislation to this point. My primary concern about the process is that no hearings were held in the Senate and no hearings are scheduled in the House on either of these bills. I’m glad I could host this event to help my constituents better understand what is happening in Harrisburg.” Several attendees said they appreciated the opportunity to listen, share and learn. “Conversation on these two topics was informative, lively and very timely,” said John Gray of Roxborough. Sara Stroman, from Manayunk, said, “I think these policy Pow Wows are fantastic and that Read more
Could we have avoided a #cluckfuster with a consolidation? My comments at Monday’s hearing of the House Committees of Aging and Health & Human Services on the consolidation of 4 Commonwealth agencies. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, April 13 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., participated in the PA Blue Ribbon Champion for Kids award ceremony April 5 in the Capitol to recognize Child Abuse Awareness Month. The PA Blue Ribbon Champion for Kids award recognizes those who have been instrumental in protecting children in the commonwealth with the goal of heightening awareness of the role each Pennsylvanian plays in safeguarding children from abuse and neglect. DeLissio had the honor of nominating one of the award recipients, Sarah Pesi, who was recognized for helping to craft and advocate for state legislation that expanded protection of abuse orders to cover people who are less than acquainted with their abusers. Before the legislation was signed into law in 2014, a PFA could only be applied to a relative or current/former intimate partner. Sarah, at age 12, was stalked and harassed by an adult coach while she was a youth referee and was shocked to learn that she could not file for a PFA under her circumstances. She spent her time researching other states’ laws and eventually was successful in lobbying the commonwealth to pass a law that covered her situation, and hundreds, if not thousands, of other Pennsylvanians’ circumstances. “Sarah is a remarkable young lady and when this nomination opportunity arose, she immediately came to mind,” said DeLissio, who met her through the Women and Girl’s Foundation’s Girl Gov Read more
PHILADELPHIA, April 13 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will hold a town hall meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 27 in the Bala Cynwyd Library, 131 Old Lancaster Road in Bala Cynwyd. She will provide the latest information on legislation in Harrisburg and anecdotes to what takes place in the halls of the House. “If you are interested in the back story, understanding the process, and hearing what is happening without spin, join me for candid conversation about how what happens in Harrisburg impacts our daily lives here at home,” DeLissio said. Parking is available, free, in the library lot, and the library is on the SEPTA No. 9 and 65 bus routes. More information can be obtained by calling DeLissio’s office at (215) 482-8726. “I am always energized by speaking with constituents,” DeLissio said. “I look forward to hearing from those who participate because constituent input and feedback is important to me.” Read more
PHILADELPHIA, April 7 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., co-hosted on Thursday a meeting on the issues relating to nuisance establishments that sell alcohol and how they impact surrounding blocks and neighborhoods. Both state and local government agencies were gathered to share their respective roles in combatting this issue. “This is an issue that has plagued Philadelphia neighborhoods for decades, and despite concerted community efforts it has been difficult, if not impossible, to get liquor licenses suspended or revoked,” DeLissio said. “The members of the Philadelphia Delegation of the PA House are conducting a series of these meetings across the city over the next few weeks. Delegation members will then compile and share all of the information and work to identify a meaningful pathway forward with the goal to ensure that liquor licenses are suspended or revoked timely when warranted.” DeLissio hosted a similar meeting in November 2015 on the topic, which, like Thursday's, included a broad array of city and state agencies that interact with establishments holding liquor licenses. This time, she said, there is a broader group of colleagues similarly engaged in the dialogue and she is hopeful that, at the very least, state and local agencies will work more cooperatively together, and if need be, local and state policy can be proposed to help ameliorate this plague. Among the testifiers were officers from Read more
PHILADELPHIA, April 7 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will host a “Policy Pow-Wow” from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 in her district office, 6511 Ridge Avenue, 19128. The Pow-Wow format is a deeper look at policy issues and includes a balanced look at the issues to be discussed. “When we did a series of three Pow-Wows in August, they were well received and constituents found them to be informative,” DeLissio said. The informal roundtable discussion will include S.B. 3, which is a legislative proposal to restrict abortion, and S.B. 10, which is legislation to address the issue of sanctuary cities in Pennsylvania. Space is limited, so RSVPs are requested, which can be made by calling 215-482-8726. DeLissio will host another Policy Pow-Wow at 7 p.m. Monday, May 15 to discuss the elimination of statute of limitations for sexual abuse of children and to talk about gun control. RSVP is requested and the location of discussion will be in her district office. “As I endeavor to continue my commitment to dialogue with constituents of the 194th Legislative District, I hope residents will find this format inviting and casual,” DeLissio said. “It is a pleasure sharing information with constituents, as well as learning from attendees.” The Policy Pow-Wows are BYOB - alcoholic or non-alcoholic. Light refreshments will be provided. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, April 7 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., stood up against the injustice of gender pay disparity on Equal Pay Day in the Capitol this week. Tuesday, April 4 was the symbolic day when a woman’s average salary catches up to a man’s average salary from the previous year. In Pennsylvania, women are paid on average 77 cents for every dollar a man makes, according to Census data. “It has reached the point in this country, that a woman who graduated from college in 2009 can expect to work three more years than her male counterpart to repay her student loans,” DeLissio said. “That is a shame, and we can do something about it.” DeLissio told WBCB 1490 AM news this week that she and her colleagues are working hard to advance core pieces of legislation that would set a course toward pay equality in the work place: House Bill 931 -- Would allow employees to inquire about wages and disclose information about wages by prohibiting retaliatory actions against workers who discuss or file a complaint regarding pay inequities. House Bill 830 -- Would increase fines for employers who are convicted of willfully violating law, falsifying records, or interfering with an investigation under this act from the current amount of $50 to $200 per day of violation to an updated amount of not less than $2,500 nor more than $5,000 per day of violation. Secondly, this legislation would increase the time Read more
PHILADELPHIA, April 7 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., voted Wednesday against H.B. 741, which would reinstate the practice of mandatory minimum sentencing in Pennsylvania. DeLissio said that she based her vote on documentation that demonstrates the use of mandatory minimums is ineffective and unfair in combatting crime and recidivism and costly to the state – data and facts confirmed by Pennsylvania Secretary of Corrections John E. Wetzel. Mandatory minimums also remove judicial discretion in sentencing. The objective of sentencing is to rehabilitate, deter, and punish accordingly. DeLissio said that determining the most appropriate sentence for an individual is complex and case-specific, and is therefore best addressed by judges familiar with the case, the defendant, and all of the relevant circumstances and information. DeLissio said many reports show that district attorneys do not consistently seek mandatory minimum sentences, even in cases where they are prescribed by law. The practice is used to leverage plea bargains, many times unfairly. “If the crime warrants a harsh sentence – which many do – then a judge is beholden to his or her duty to seek justice in those cases,” DeLissio said. “If a judge does not deliver on that duty, then he or she should seek another job, or voters can decide not to retain a judge for an additional term.” Analysis also shows that the part of H.B. 741 Read more
It was my pleasure to nominate Sarah Pesi for the inaugural PA Blue Ribbon Champion for Kids award. Yesterday, Sarah was honored as an award recipient.
The PA Blue Ribbon Champion for Kids award recognizes those who have been instrumental in protecting children in the commonwealth with the goal of heightening awareness of the role each Pennsylvanian plays in safeguarding children from abuse and neglect.
Sarah is a remarkable young lady and when this nomination opportunity arose, she immediately came to mind. My remarks share the story of what Sarah experienced and accomplished to earn this award. Read more
HB 741 reinstates mandatory minimum sentences. It was voted on final passage yesterday in the PA House. Here are my remarks. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, March 30 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will hold two free shredding events in April for residents of the 194 th Legislative District. The first one will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 8 in the Roxborough Municipal Lot, 514 Dupont St. The second event will take place 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 29, in the lot behind the Magisterial District Court, 925 Montgomery Ave. in Narberth (it is located next to Staples). Availability is on a first-come basis. Shredding will take place at the designated time or until the truck is full. There is a limit of four bags per household (standard storage/banker boxes or grocery bags). "Safe disposal of documents with personal information is one of the best defenses against identity theft,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. "Shredding also is a great way to dispose of unneeded paper in an environmentally friendly way, and I am happy to offer this service to my constituents." DeLissio said common types of unwanted items that should be shredded include credit card statements, credit card applications, bank statements, canceled checks, income tax information, insurance records and retirement or pension fund information. Shredding will be done on site and all shredded paper will be recycled. For more information, constituents can call DeLissio’s office at 215-482-8726. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, March 30 – State Reps. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., and Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., will host a public meeting on the issues relating to stop-and-go establishments that sell alcohol and how they impact surrounding communities. This will be the second in a series of public meetings hosted by members of the House of Representatives Philadelphia Delegation. It will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 6 at the John Anderson Cultural Center, 5301 Overbrook Ave., 19131. In addition to the representatives, personnel from the Liquor Control Board and the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement will be on hand to address concerns and discuss potential solutions. DeLissio said that this is an issue that has plagued Philadelphia neighborhoods for decades, and despite concerted community efforts it has been difficult, if not impossible, to get licenses suspended or revoked. DeLissio hosted a meeting in November 2015 on this topic that included a broad array of city and state agencies that interact with establishments holding liquor licenses, and there was no single path to revocation or suspension. She is glad that this topic is being taken up by the entire delegation. Those interested can call DeLissio’s district office at (215) 482-8726. Media coverage is invited. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, March 24 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., joined state House Democrats for a news conference Wednesday urging the U.S. House to vote against repealing the federal Affordable Care Act. “A repeal of the ACA will have real consequences for the citizens of Pennsylvania,” she said. “One potential consequence would be a return to a high uninsured rate that would drive up the cost of uncompensated care, and that is something that Pennsylvania is unprepared for. This will force the cost onto hospitals and other health care providers.” Since the passage of the ACA, more than 6.1. million Pennsylvanians benefit from access to free preventive care services, 5.4 million cannot be denied health insurance coverage due to a pre-existing condition, and 4.5 million are no longer subject to annual and lifetime limits that used to be placed on covered benefits. These protections benefit all Pennsylvanians and are not limited to those who receive coverage through the Medicaid expansion or a plan purchased on the exchange. The ACA has also helped drive down Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate to its lowest point ever: 6.4 percent for adults and 4.1 percent for children. Before the law was passed, more than 10 percent of Pennsylvanians did not have insurance. “Our society functions more efficiently and more effectively when we have a healthy workforce,” DeLissio said. “As a former CEO of four different Read more
HARRISBURG, March 22 – With a moment of reckoning fast approaching in Congress, several Democratic state lawmakers outlined the catastrophic effects a repeal of the Affordable Care Act would have on Pennsylvania patients and families, people struggling with addiction to painkillers, and hospitals. House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody said the reckless action contemplated by President Trump and congressional Republican leaders puts the entire nation at risk. “If they are successful, the fallout will be felt in every Pennsylvania town and city, in every hospital emergency room, in every doctor’s office,” Dermody said. “We just can’t afford for that to happen. It would devastate our Commonwealth and lead to disease and deaths that can and must be prevented.” Rep. Anthony DeLuca, the Democratic chairman of the House Insurance Committee, noted the opposition of AARP and other groups representing older Americans. He said the stakes could not be higher. “Repealing the Affordable Care Act would send us back to a time when too many people couldn’t afford to buy health insurance, had no primary care physician, and all too often ended up in an emergency room with a medical crisis,” said DeLuca, D-Allegheny. “Emergency care is the most expensive kind of treatment and all of us end up paying for it when patients lack insurance.” Rep. Pam DeLissio, D-Phila./Montgomery, emphasized the human impact of doing Read more
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Isms, such as racism, sexism and antisemitism, are unfortunately nothing new. For the past decade I have for better or worse become more aware of the prevalence of these hateful ideologies and practices. Read more
HARRISBURG, March 17 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., announced that the Belmont Hills Library has been awarded a $500,000 state grant from the Department of Education. The Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund award was granted to help renovate and expand the library, including adding ADA restrooms and parking, fixing the main entrance automatic doors, making the heating, ventilation and air conditioning more efficient, installing LED lighting, and purchasing furniture, shelving and fixtures. "Libraries today are more than just buildings with books in them," DeLissio said. "While books are still a very important part of modern libraries, libraries also make a wealth of media available to the public, including movies, periodicals and newspapers. They provide access to technology and the internet, and they serve as a community gathering place. Our libraries educate, open minds and inspire people of all ages. This grant helps Belmont Hill continue to do that in our community." The grant was one of 27 awarded throughout the state, totaling $5.9 million. The funding is allocated to pay up to 50 percent of eligible costs in planning, acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of public libraries, and is funded by a portion of the realty transfer tax. Read more
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