HARRISBURG, March 16 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, today joined House and Senate Democrats and Republicans at the state Capitol to rally support for redistricting reform legislation. The bipartisan and bicameral redistricting reform group and its legislation has seven core principles: Assign redistricting authority to an independent citizens commission; reform both congressional and legislative redistricting; prohibit districts from being drawn to favor or discriminate against a political party or candidate; use statistically sound methodology when setting district boundaries; ensure transparency in the process with meaningful opportunities for active public participation; make all districts as equal in population as possible with a minimum range of deviation; and respect political subdivisions and communities of interest. "The political representation currently in Pennsylvania has made the commonwealth a national example of gerrymandering at its worst," Daley said. "Redistricting should result in a fair map, putting aside partisan interests and protecting the interests of the voters." Daley added that as a member of the redistricting reform group, she has authored legislation ( H.B. 878 ) that would create more openness and fairness in the redistricting process. "My legislation would require a commission to consider plans drawn by Pennsylvania residents, hold public meetings on those plans, and establish a website to share the Read more
Pa. state Rep. Mary Jo Daley 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. Mary Jo Daley questions Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding about the unique role the University of Pennsylvania plays in assisting the Ag Department. Daley also stresses the need to continue funding and supporting the Department of Agriculture in the upcoming budget. Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 10 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, released the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2016-17 budget proposal: “Governor Wolf has laid out a responsible budget plan that would finally put Pennsylvania back on track by balancing the budget and funding our schools properly. It is similar to his proposal that he presented during his first year as governor, which faced much resistance and still does to this day. “The governor has presented a choice for Pennsylvania: We can either follow a path with a budget that will invest in education, eliminate the deficit and put the commonwealth fiscally on the right footing; or we can continue down the same path that we have been traveling without putting the needs of our schools, our middle class and our homeowners first. “We are now dealing with an embarrassing and frustrating situation. Pennsylvania remains without a fully funded and responsible budget for 2015-16 and we will soon be holding budget hearings on the governor’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year, so we have a lot of work to do. The legislature must finish its job that was vacated in December when the Speaker of the House adjourned session without a final vote on the budget framework. “It’s way past time for Republicans to stop playing politics and start working with Governor Wolf and Democrats to be honest and transparent with the people of Pennsylvania. We need to pass a Read more
PACE, PACENET and PACE plus Medicare are Pennsylvania's prescription assistance programs for older adults, offering low-cost prescription medication to qualified residents, age 65 and older. As of this year, the legislature passed a law excluding Social Security Medicare Part B premiums from being counted towards income levels. Read more
Pennsylvania has a Children's Health Insurance Program that provides free and low-cost health insurance to children. CHIP is not welfare – it covers children of working parents whose employers don't offer coverage and who can't afford private insurance. If you can't afford health insurance for your children, chances are they are eligible for CHIP. Read more
Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more
In Pennsylvania, you can choose the company that generates your electricity – also known as your electric supplier. This means that you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the lowest price, or provide a specific service you want, such as “green” or renewable energy. Read more
HARRISBURG, Dec. 23 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, joined her House Democratic colleagues to express frustration with the House being adjourned today without members voting on a full budget. “We have a job to do and House Speaker Mike Turzai needs to realize that,” Daley said. “We are here to work and finally pass a budget and the House Republican leaders refused to call up the budget bill for a final vote.” The House was expected to vote on final passage of S.B. 1073, which is the budget framework agreed to by Gov. Tom Wolf, Senate Democrats and Republicans, and House Democrats. The plan would provide $350 million for education and increase funding for human service providers. The House Republicans backed out of the agreement and drafted their own plan which, Daley said, did not offer the additional funding so desperately needed by public education and human service organizations in Pennsylvania. “This budget process has been frustrating and exhausting because of the House Republicans, and here we are, nearly six months without a budget, and the Republicans have packed up and left Harrisburg,” Daley said. “As of today, Speaker Turzai called the House of Representatives into session on only 43 of the 176 days of the ongoing budget impasse. Speaker Turzai sets the schedule and decides which bills are brought before the House. “I urge my constituents to contact him and let him know their thoughts in Read more
HARRISBURG, June 5 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, today said that the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2014 has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31. Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older qualify for the benefits under the program. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income and any COLAs are excluded. “Rebates for this program still will be distributed beginning on July 1,” Daley said. “I encourage all qualified individuals to apply as soon as possible to take advantage of possibly getting up to $650.” Constituents may contact Daley’s office staff at 610-832-1679 for assistance with completing the form. The staff will let them know what paperwork they need to bring with them. Daley’s office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and is located at 815 Fayette St., Conshohocken. Parking is available in the back of the building, off Harry Avenue (between Eighth and Ninth avenues). The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is one of five programs supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery. Since the program’s 1971 inception, older and disabled adults have received more than $5.6 billion in property tax and rent relief. The expanded portion of the rebate program is paid for with revenue from slots gaming. For Read more
HARRISBURG, May 21 – State Reps. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, and Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, recently introduced legislation that would both help enhance public health and generate revenue in the commonwealth. House Bill 1213 would increase the cigarette tax by $1 per pack and impose a 40 percent tax on the wholesale price of other tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, cigars, pipes, “roll-your-own” tobacco and smokeless tobacco. Daley said imposing these taxes could help deter young people from using cigarettes and OTPs. “Many teens succumb to peer pressure by using tobacco products and end up becoming life-time users,” Daley said. “What’s troubling is there are now alternative products, such as e-cigarettes, that are growing in popularity and have the same addicting effects as regular cigarettes. “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a quarter of a million young people who had never smoked a cigarette used e-cigarettes in 2013.” Frankel said Pennsylvania is the only state in the country that does not impose some type of tax on smokeless tobacco and one of two states that does not tax cigars. “It’s time that Pennsylvania joins every other state in the nation in levying a fair tax on these kinds of tobacco products,” Frankel said. “We’re faced with a $2 billion structural budget deficit and we cannot continue to overlook reasonable Read more
HARRISBURG, May 11 – As part of a comprehensive package aimed at improving women’s health, state Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, today said she introduced a bill requiring employers to provide private, sanitary space for nursing mothers to pump breast milk. Daley said H.B. 1100, part of the Pennsylvania Agenda for Women’s Health and co-sponsored by state Rep. David Parker, R-Monroe, would add the commonwealth to approximately two dozen states that have laws requiring workplace accommodations for nursing women. Daley said current federal law requires employers to provide a private, sanitary space for female employees to pump milk – but only for up to one year after the birth of a child. She also said the federal law inexplicably does not apply to salaried employees. “Our legislation would fix two main loopholes in federal law,” Daley said. “First, it would apply to all employees, including those who are exempt from federal overtime provisions, such as salaried or management employees. Second, this bill would require employers to provide a private, sanitary space for mothers to pump milk beyond one year after birth. “I am delighted to work with my colleague Representative David Parker on this important legislation.” Daley noted this legislation would mirror federal law by exempting small employers from these requirements if they would present an undue hardship to the employer. She said an added economic benefit Read more
CONSHOHOCKEN, March 25 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, will hold three town hall meetings for residents in the 148th Legislative District. Daley said these meetings coming up in April will give residents a chance to hear about Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget and how it impacts them and their community. Daley will also discuss the issue of fair education funding. “With a new governor and new legislature in Harrisburg, I feel this budget is providing the 'fresh start' that the governor has been touting even before he took office,” Daley said. “I would like to give all my constituents an opportunity to ask questions about what this budget plan would mean to them and their families.” Daley’s town hall meetings will be held: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 , Narberth Borough Hall, 100 Conway Ave., 19072. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 , Ambler Borough Hall, 122 E. Butler Pike, 19002. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 16 , Plymouth Township Building, 700 Belvoir Road, Plymouth Meeting, 19462. Daley said she invites all of her constituents to attend, and those who do also may obtain important information on such issues as the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, health care and family services. Read more
CONSHOHOCKEN, March 2 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, today announced upcoming time changes for her two mobile offices in the 148th Legislative District. Mobile office hours at the Ambler Borough Hall, 122 E. Butler Ave. will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m . the first and third Tuesday of each month. Mobile office hours at the Narberth Borough Hall, 100 Conway Ave. will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m . the second and fourth Tuesday of month. These changes will take effect Tuesday March 10. A legislative staffer will be present at these times, days and locations to provide brochures and forms, information on state programs and services, answers to questions and help with problems. “These time changes still allow my staff to provide quality services and assistance in the northern and southern portions of the 148 th District, along with my district office centrally located in Conshohocken,” Daley said. For more information about either mobile office, constituents can call Rep. Daley’s constituent service office at 610-832-1679. Read more
State Representatives Mary Jo Daley (D-148) and Tim Briggs (D-149) along with Merle Zucker, a representative from State Rep. Pam Delissio’s (D-194) office and Zack Hoover, chief of staff for State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-17) attended the forum that was held during the Lower Merion Board of School Director’s monthly Legislative Committee meeting for February. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 22 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, announced that she has been named to five standing committees within the House of Representatives. Those committees are: - Appropriations - Aging and Older Adult Services - Finance - Health - State Government "I am honored to return to the House Health, Finance, and State Government Committees during my second term as representative," Daley said. Daley added she is eager to serve on the Aging and Older Adult Services and Appropriations committees for the first time. Appropriations considers fiscal-related matters and conducts budget hearings to review and evaluate the governor’s executive budget proposal. "While Pennsylvania is facing several challenges, one of the biggest is dealing with a budget deficit of $2.3 billion," Daley said. "With Governor Tom Wolf as our governor, I am confident that my Democratic colleagues and I will now have a seat at the table to assist with closing this massive gap and bringing a more balanced budget." Read more
Pa. state Rep. Mary Jo Daley says Gov. Tom Wolf’s inauguration brings needed change to the state, after four years of funding cuts and failed policies. Rep. Daley supports the governor’s plan to focus on efforts benefitting all of Pennsylvania, including fair education funding, job creation, and helping middle-class families.
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, was sworn in today to represent the people of the 148th Legislative District for the 2015-2016 legislative session. Daley said some of her legislative priorities include making online voter registration a reality in Pennsylvania and for employers to provide private, sanitary space for nursing mothers to pump breast milk."These issues are just two of the bigger issues that could make a difference not only with my constituents, but with people across the Commonwealth," Daley said. "I look forward to working with my colleagues as well as Governor-elect Wolf to make Pennsylvania a better place to live."Daley invites her constituents to visit her newly redesigned webpage, www.pahouse.com/MDaley, for more information on her legislative priorities, outreach programs, and mobile office hours. Residents can also visit her constituent services office, located at 815 Fayette St., Suite 200, Conshohocken, or call her office at 610-832-1679.The swearing-in ceremony in the House chamber marked the beginning of the 199th legislative session. The state constitution mandates that the legislature convene at noon on the first Tuesday of January. Read more
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