DeLissio receives committee appointments for 2015-16 legislative session

HARRISBURG, Jan. 23 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., has been appointed to serve on the House Aging and Older Adult Services, Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Health, State Government and Children and Youth committees for the 2015-16 legislative session.


DeLissio said the assignments will continue to allow her to have input on significant public policy issues that affect the lives of her constituents, as well as all of the citizens of the commonwealth. 


"I am pleased to continue important work on the Aging, Agriculture and Health committees, on which I’ve served since my first term in 2011,” she said. “I am eager to begin work with the State Government and Children and Youth committees anew. With these appointments, I am better positioned to advance legislation critical to enhancing the quality of life for citizens and to strengthen the business climate in the state."


With respect to the State Government Committee, DeLissio said that she is excited to impart much of what she learned as an appointee to the Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellow, one of the nation’s premier leadership development programs for state government officials.


Additionally, DeLissio was named last year as an at-large member of the Council of State Governments Eastern Regional Conference Executive Committee. Founded in 1933, CSG is the nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. Furthermore, after attending a national conference on civil discourse in December, DeLissio is now a national facilitator on the topic and said she hopes to share her strengths and beliefs in building relationships across the aisle with her fellow Pennsylvania colleagues. 


“With a new legislative session beginning, it will be more important than 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 immediate needs of Pennsylvania families and the best interests of our businesses and industry while taking into account the fiscal challenges of our budget.”


There are 24 standing committees in the state House of Representatives. The committee system allows legislators to assess and amend legislation and evaluate important issues before bringing bills to the full House for a vote.


The Aging and Older Adult Services Committee deals with a wide range of issues to improve the lives of Pennsylvania's senior citizens. DeLissio said that she brings a tremendous amount of experience and insight to the table when it comes to legislation that affect seniors due to her almost 30 years of experience in the fields of long-term care. Last session, DeLissio served on a Joint State Government Commission panel, which studied and developed recommendations to improve programs and systems the commonwealth's delivery system of long-term care services and supports for independent and care-dependent older adults.


The Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee reviews bills impacting Pennsylvania farming and agriculture. 


“I have particularly enjoyed highlighting the efforts of Philadelphia’s agricultural riches, from local farmer’s markets and community-supported agriculture programs, to producers of the PA Preferred program and the many Philadelphia-based urban farms that contribute to a strong, sustainable local food system,” DeLissio said. “I am also proud to have located in my district, the only agricultural high school in the state, W. B. Saul High School.”


As a member of the Health Committee, DeLissio participates in reviewing bills focusing on issues essentially pertaining to physical and mental health.


“I will be directing my efforts on supporting measures to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to medical care and treatment and that best practices are guaranteed in the delivery of health care,” she said. “Furthermore, we need to be very thoughtful about developing good mental health policy.”


The House State Government Committee reviews legislation on issues ranging from voting and elections to campaign finance reform, the Right-to-Know Law, the Sunshine Act and the Procurement Code. 


“I am with great anticipation looking forward to adding to the discussion,” DeLissio said. “I look forward to engaging in issues that advance campaign reform, and expanding elections, and continuing the development of transparency throughout state government.


“I’m honored to be assigned to serve on the Children and Youth Committee, which poses many challenges yet is vital in the protection of our children of the commonwealth. I consider it to be the highest duty to provide protections and services for our youth.


“These assignments offer diversity and allow me to work with a wide breadth of colleagues from across the aisle and across the commonwealth. I am very excited for the 2015-16 session to begin in earnest and to have the opportunity to work with our new governor and his new cabinet, and a new legislature.”