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
Ism: noun, informal, derogatory; a distinctive practice, system or philosophy, typically a political ideology or an artistic movement.
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
PHILADELPHIA, March 10 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will hold her 62nd town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in the Mifflin Elementary School Auditorium, 3624 Conrad St., Philadelphia. “We will discuss the legislative process, how and why legislation moves or stalls, and the channels a bill must take in order to become law,” DeLissio said. “The legislative process in Pennsylvania has many steps and discussing how decisions are made in the capitol is a topic that I want to share with constituents. “I look forward to this town hall as an opportunity to dialogue with my constituents about current legislative priorities. “Understanding the legislative process and where to go to get legislative updates on bills that are important to you is integral to knowing how to advocate and help advance legislation. DeLissio said that this town hall is perfect timing for those seeking to become actively engaged in governmental issues, or those seeking to learn more about current Pennsylvania legislative priorities. Best practices for being proactive and involved will be shared. Street parking is available. If traveling by bus, the school is on routes 9 and 32. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 10 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will host a telephone town hall at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27. “Constituents’ phones will ring at 7 p.m., and they can have their voice heard right from the comfort of their own home,” DeLissio said. “Just answer the call and listen in!” Constituents can listen to DeLissio live on the phone, ask questions and participate in polling questions. Focus of the discussion will be Gov. Tom Wolf’s recently proposed budget for 2017-18. The teletown hall is her seventh by phone and her 61st town hall overall since she began to serve as state representative in 2011. “In teletown halls past, we have had upwards of 500 constituents on the line. It is a convenient and innovative way to communicate, and I hope as many people as possible take advantage of being on the call. “To assure we have your number in the database, don’t hesitate to call the office ahead of time to confirm your number.” DeLissio’s district office phone number is 215-482-8726. “I am always energized by speaking with constituents,” DeLissio said. “I look forward to hearing from those who participate. What happens in Harrisburg affects our daily lives, and constituent input and feedback is important.” Read more
State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., said today she is reminding eligible residents in her district that 2016 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program applications are now available in her district office. "This is an important program available for citizens across the Commonwealth, as it provides rebates to both those who own their homes and those who rent," DeLissio said. "Structured to provide relief to seniors and those who are disabled, this initiative offers financial aid to those who may otherwise be struggling.” The application deadline for eligible residents to receive a rebate on their paid 2016 property taxes or rent is June 30. “The free application materials are available at my district office, and my staff is available to offer assistance in their completion and submission to the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue,” DeLissio said. The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters . Half of Social Security income is excluded ; and cost-of-living adjustments cannot be the basis to solely disqualify an applicant. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for certain qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975. The Revenue Department automatically calculates the supplemental rebates for Read more
Commenting on the budget address, state Rep. Pam DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., believes Gov. Tom Wolf’s approach to the 2017-18 state budget is responsible and different. Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 3 – In anticipation of the decennial U.S. Census report in 2020, which provides the accounting for where citizens live, state Rep. Pam DeLissio D-Montgomery/Phila., looks forward to the opportunity to continue to address redistricting reform; redrawing the geographic boundaries of state and congressional legislative districts. The manipulation of the geographic boundaries to favor one political party is called gerrymandering. DeLissio said gerrymandering happens in our commonwealth every 10 years under the guise of redistricting. There will be a number of pieces of legislation circulating in the PA General Assembly on this matter, and as DeLissio often exclaims, the devil is in the details. Fair District PA is a grassroots coalition of citizens and organizations working to ensure that district maps are drawn in a fair and transparent way through a process that allows voters to choose their legislators rather than legislators choosing their voters. Senate Bill 484 from last session along with the House companion bill (H.B. 1835) sought to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to establish an independent citizens redistricting commission with clear standards to ensure public input and a fair, non-partisan outcome. Both bills received positive review from redistricting analysts and both were supported by legislators from both parties and will be reintroduced this session. Common Cause PA and the League of Read more
State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., discussed at her 60th town hall on January 28, 2017 the PA budget deficit and where government programs could/should be reduced and whether or not taxes should be raised. Click here for the Power Point that was presented. Read more
State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., spoke in support of H.R. 22 yesterday, which recognizes January 2017 as Human Trafficking Month, acknowledging that although Pennsylvania has improved laws to help the victims of human trafficking, there is still work to be done. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 26 – Pennsylvania House leadership appointed Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., to serve on five key standing committees for the 2017-18 legislative session. She will serve on Aging and Older Adult Services, Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Children and Youth, Health and State Government. “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 with my colleagues who join me on these five committees. With these appointments, I am better positioned to advance legislation critical to enhancing the quality of life for all our citizens, particularly our children and older adults who are at risk. “With a new legislative session beginning, it is as important as ever to reach across the aisle, and a great deal of that starts in committee,” she said. “My commitment is to closely examine the legislation that comes before the committee so that we advance quality, meaningful bills that meet the needs of Pennsylvania families. “Additionally, I look forward to engaging in issues that advance redistricting reform, updating and improving our voting system, and assuring equitable funding for basic education, in addition to supporting high quality pre-K.” Furthermore, DeLissio Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 20 – State tax forms for Pennsylvania income tax filing, schedules and instruction booklets are available for free at state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio’s district office, 6511 Ridge Ave. Her office also can help low-income and older adult constituents find free tax preparation services in the area. Federal income tax forms are available at local IRS offices, or may be downloaded by going to the IRS website at www.irs.gov . “Over the past few years, my office has received feedback from constituents on the challenges many have encountered obtaining the Federal tax forms. As a courtesy to my constituents, my office is carrying the federal 1040 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return and the 1040EZ, the Income Tax Return for Single and Joint Filers With No Dependents, however instruction booklets and schedules are only available by contacting the other locations mentioned or by visiting the IRS website.” The deadline to file federal and state income taxes this year is Tuesday, April 18. “I encourage residents of the 194 th Legislative District to visit my office for these and for other state related materials such as the Low Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Property Tax Rent Rebate applications,” DeLissio said. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Pam DeLissio returned for a fourth year to the Pennsylvania Farm Show to participate in the milking contest. Selected as a team captain this year, DeLissio says the fun events highlight the importance agriculture and places like W.B. Saul Agricultural High School make to Pennsylvania. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 12 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will hold her 60th town hall meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 in the Cathedral Hall Auditorium, Cathedral Village, 600 E. Cathedral Road. “We will discuss where state government programs could be reduced and whether or not state taxes should be raised,” DeLissio said. “Pennsylvania has a significant budget deficit now and discussing how decisions at the federal level may impact Pennsylvania and our state budget is a topic that I want to discuss with constituents. “I look forward to hearing from my constituents as to their identification of state funding priorities and where the revenue should be obtained. Various government programs could be reduced or eliminated to save money but at what cost to citizens who may utilize these programs.” DeLissio said that this town hall will be quite timely due to the fact that the Pennsylvania governor’s budget proposal for 2017-2018 will be delivered Feb. 7. There is free parking in the St Mary’s Church parking lot or street parking. If travelling by bus, Cathedral Village is on routes 9 and 27. Read more
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