HARRISBURG, April 15 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., issued the following statement regarding her vote Wednesday in favor of legislation that would legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania: “Our vote this week would allow medical cannabis to be used by patients who have had limited to no success with standard medications. Over the past year, many hearings were held to ensure that both the House Health and Judiciary committees were as well-informed as possible regarding the merits of this legislation. “The hearings provided an opportunity to listen to poignant and powerful stories, including those from mothers of children with a form of seizures that are not sufficiently controlled with medications that are currently available, and who often experience severe side effects from these medications. Passage of this bill will provide an opportunity for many citizens to try an alternative course of treatment for chronic conditions such as seizure disorders. “Discussion of Senate Bill 3 was the focus of one of my town halls in May 2015 and a straw vote during that meeting found that the overwhelming majority of attendees were in favor of this bill. Interestingly, it was the information presented at the meeting that helped some constituents understand the facts of the matter differently, and more than a few became supporters by the end of the presentation.” Senate Bill 3, which was twice put through each chamber Read more
HARRISBURG, April 15 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed a bill this week reforming the statute of limitations regarding child sexual abuse cases, state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio announced. The bill would abolish the criminal statute of limitations for future criminal prosecutions for serious child sexual abuse crimes relating to human trafficking, sexual servitude, rape, statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, institutional sexual assault, aggravated indecent sexual assault and incest. The bill also would waive sovereign immunity for state and local public institutions in cases of gross negligence, which would allow civil cases to be filed against them. "This is a bill of historical proportion for survivors of sexual abuse, in particular those who became victims in their childhood,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. "Through the efforts of many advocates over more than a decade, the Pennsylvania House came to recognize that predators were not being identified in a timely manner and therefore not indicted or convicted for their crimes. The most recent grand jury report of the cover-ups that occurred as recently as three years ago in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown was the final straw for many of my colleagues.” It also would increase the length of time, from age 30 to age 50, for when child sexual abuse victims could file civil claims. As amended by the House on Monday, this Read more
PHILADELPHIA, April 8 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., on Monday in the House Health Committee voted against House Bill 1948, one of the most restrictive abortion bills in the United States. She said that regardless of where Pennsylvanians stand on the issue of abortion, they should be very concerned about the speed at which the bill, which would ban abortions past 20 weeks in Pennsylvania, moved through committee. "The language was only first made publically available Friday afternoon, and then it was voted out of an advertised ‘call of the chair’ Health Committee meeting held on Monday afternoon," she said. "Democratic committee members did not even know the bill would be on the agenda until last Thursday." "Call of the chair" meetings, which include verbiage that allow for any additional business to be brought before the committee without first identifying specifics, are another poor, non-transparent process that DeLissio has spoken out against repeatedly. House Bill 1948 received second consideration by the full House on Wednesday and is expected to be brought up for a third and final House vote Monday. "The bill has almost 100 co-sponsors from both parties, and I believe that my colleagues now recognize that the process that got us to this point was ‘bad form,’ and the debate now includes how to respond to this poor process," DeLissio said. The bill does not Read more
HARRISBURG, April 7 – Concerned about the influence that special interests and advocacy groups have on elections, state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., plans to introduce a bill that would require disclosure of expenditures for political communications. "Everyone has the right to make their voices heard, but with the proliferation of political and issue advertising in the wake of the Citizens United decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, it's difficult to know who is behind the advertising," DeLissio said. "My legislation would not restrict those voices, but help level the playing field by improving transparency and accountability regarding the money spent to influence elections." DeLissio’s bill would require individuals, advocacy groups and special interests engaging in organized political communication to register with the Department of State and file regular disclosure reports. "This would be similar to the reports that candidates and political parties are already required to file during election cycles. The reports would list the names of people and entities that contribute to the sponsors of the advertising," she said. Under the bill, any advertisement or message that refers to a candidate or elected official would be considered "political communication," and if the message or advertisement was made within 60 days of an election, it automatically would be considered political communication, Read more
PHILADELPHIA, March 24 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will host her 55th town hall Thursday, April 14 with Pennsylvania Secretary of Labor and Industry Kathy Manderino. The town hall is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14 in the Philadelphia University Tuttleman Auditorium, 4201 Henry Ave., 19144. “Everyone who has an interest in discussing programs about career services and job training, vocational rehabilitation services, unemployment and worker’s compensation is encouraged to attend,” DeLissio said. “Secretary Manderino will be discussing the goals and activities of her agency.” An update on the state budget will also be given. For several months, DeLissio is featuring members of Gov. Tom Wolf’s cabinet at her monthly town halls to better inform constituents about how the commonwealth agencies work. Her May 12 town hall is scheduled to include Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne. Last month, Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera joined her to discuss the importance of education funding. Read more
HARRISBURG, March 18 – In her role as a reform minded legislator, state Rep. Pam DeLissio, D- Montgomery/Phila., said she is supporting a plan to keep the state’s redistricting map free of politics. DeLissio is supporting the HB1835 which is a companion to SB484 that would provide a fair and balanced approach on how the state’s legislative maps are created. At a news conference held Wednesday, March 16 th , DeLissio spoke on the need for traction for this piece of important legislation. “I have been a proponent of redistricting reform and the topic has been featured at all 54 of my town hall discussions since taking office,” DeLissio said. ‘I endeavor to help my constituents understand how redistricting affects the legislative process.’ This redistricting reform strives to be a game changer in the political process of representation. By establishing non-political legislative districts which are competitive and fair, the result will be a more balanced government versus our current situation which has produced polarizing gridlock in Harrisburg and Washington. The next redistricting will take place in 2021 after the 2020 U.S. Census is completed. An amendment to the state constitution is required to effect this much needed change. Read more
State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio is holding two free shredding events in April for constituents to safely dispose of confidential, unwanted documents.
The events are:
• 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 9 at the Roxborough Municipal Lot, at 514 Dupont St. Philadelphia.
• 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 16 at the Old “Anne Sez” parking lot next to Staples, 925 Montgomery Ave., Narberth.
Pa. state Rep. Pamela DeLissio joined members of the House and Senate in calling for redistricting reforms now, allowing time to enact the potential changes before the next redistricting process in 2020. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Pamela DeLissio joined members of PA SAFE, a group of state lawmakers and firearm-safety advocates, to announce their mission and outline legislation they support to help protect Pennsylvanians from the increasing threat of gun violence. Read more
HARRISBURG, March 15 – Members of PA SAFE, a group of state lawmakers and firearm-safety advocates, held a news conference today announcing their mission and outlining legislation they support to help protect Pennsylvanians from the increasing threat of gun violence. Members of PA SAFE said that they are committed to reducing all types of violence in society through adequate funding for mental health services, best use of new and existing law-enforcement tools, resources to curb effects of addiction and illegal drugs, and solutions that reduce gun violence and promote public safety. “Pennsylvanians overwhelmingly support sensible, commonsense gun-safety legislation,” said PA SAFE Chairwoman and state Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery . “The members of PA SAFE know this, and in no way are we proposing measures that infringe on the rights of lawful gun owners. We simply want to protect our constituents, and if our measures can save even just one person, I feel that we have a duty to make it law.” According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2013, deaths related to firearms amounted to over 33,000 in the United States, constituting 1.3 percent of all deaths in the country, with more than 21,000 of them suicides. Nearly 3,000 children die each year from gunshots, and some 15,000 children are injured by firearms. "The majority of Pennsylvanians – including a majority of gun owners – do not want our Read more
In several meetings over the past few months, state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., talked with area students about what it means to be an engaged citizen and explained the legislative process.
“It is never too early to teach what it means to be a good citizen, and the students of the 194th Legislative District – from home schoolers through a senior attending J. R. Masterman – are wonderful examples responsible of citizens in the making,” DeLissio said. Read more
Pennsylvania budget negotiators would be wise to enlist the help of a mediator to end the eight-month budget stalemate, Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio said during House state budget hearings Thursday.
Her testimony followed three weeks of House Appropriations hearings concerning the 2016-17 budget. The 2015-16 state budget still has not been settled.
Pa. state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio spoke before the House Appropriations Committee during a hearing on the state budget to call for the service of a mediator to help pass an adequate budget. Read more
State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will host her next town hall Thrusday, March 3 with Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera.
The town hall is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 3 in the Multi-Purpose Room at W.B. Saul High School, 7100 Henry Ave.
State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., is participating in the Pennsylvania Legislative Appointment Initiative, which allows each state legislator to appoint a student from their district as a commonwealth scholar for admission to Valley Forge Military College.
Any senior high school student who resides in the 194th Legislative District with an interest in attending the Valley Forge Military College may apply.
State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will host a follow-up meeting regarding safety and speeding on Henry Avenue at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 in the Wolcoff Auditorium at Roxborough Memorial Hospital, 5800 Ridge Ave.
Free parking is available in the Jamestown parking lot on Jamestown Avenue. Representatives from PennDOT, Philadelphia Streets Department, City Councilman Curtis Jones’ office, and local and state law enforcement agencies will attend. Also on the agenda for discussion is the Walnut Lane Bridge closure, which is slated for April 1 and expected to last six months.
State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio’s Tele-Town Hall, conducted over the phone on Jan. 21, reached hundreds of constituents.
The call’s recipients listened in, asked questions, and participated in four opinion polls.
State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., on Wednesday in the state Capitol discussed her support of H.R. 634, which designates January 2016 as “National Human Trafficking Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania.
The resolution is traditionally called for a vote on the last day of session before the Super Bowl, because it is documented that trafficking increases around large events held in urban areas such as the NFL championship game. Law enforcement is also expected to be vigilant at the upcoming Democratic and Republican national conventions for the same reasons.
Pa. state Rep. Pamela DeLissio explains her House State Government Committee vote against Senate Bill 501, so-called paycheck-protection legislation, during a committee meeting held Jan. 26, 2016 in the state Capitol in Harrisburg. She says that in addition to the committee not having enough time to fully vet the bill, the bill also fails to clarify differences among organizations that would be affected by it. She explained that she negotiated union contractors as an employer and permitted United Way contributions, for example, to be deducted from paychecks. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Pamela DeLissio discusses her support of House Resolution 634, which designates January 2016 as "National Human Trafficking Awareness Month" in Pennsylvania. Read more
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