E-BLAST: Town Hall 4/22 @7 p.m - Constitutional amendments; adult use cannabis, COVID vaccines

(1 day ago)

My 105th Town Hall will be held tomorrow, Thursday, April 22 at 7 p.m. Read more


DeLissio to host two free shred events this May

(Apr 16, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, April 1 6 – State Rep. Pam DeLissio is hosting free shredding events this spring to help residents of the 194 th Legislative District safely dispose of unneeded documents. “Shredding documents that contain confidential information helps to protect against identity theft. These events are a great occasion to clear out old papers and discard them safely,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. Two shred events will be held in May, following the event scheduled for April 17 in Lower Merion. “Constituents are welcome to come to one or to all. Shredding events prove to be very important opportunities to address personal papers containing sensitive information in a safe and secure manner, particularly as folks have spent more time home cleaning out drawers and files,” DeLissio said. Times, dates and locations for May are as follows: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 15, Main Street Movie Theatre parking lot, 3720-40 Main St., Manayunk. 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Sunday, May 23, Welsh Valley Middle School parking lot, 325 Tower Lane, Narberth. There is a limit of four grocery bags or banker boxes per household, and attendees may be asked to transport their materials from their vehicles to the bins for shredding. Attendees must wear masks and practice social distancing. Newspapers, magazines and journals will not be accepted. The events will end sooner than scheduled if the Read more


DeLissio to host 105th Town Hall virtually April 22

(Apr 16, 2021)

Topics of discussion will include updates from the House Children and Youth Committee, the status of legislation for adult-use cannabis (recreational marijuana), the COVID-19 vaccine, mail-in ballots and the state constitutional amendments on the ballot this May. Read more


DeLissio to host two April events for residents

(Apr 01, 2021)

Rep. DeLissio is holding two events for residents of her district this month: a free shredding event, as well as her 105th Town Hall meeting. Read more


E-BLAST: Working to address speeding on Henry Avenue; 105th Town Hall Meeting

(Apr 01, 2021)

Most weeks in Harrisburg are busy weeks, and last week was no exception. I did have the opportunity to introduce an amendment to H.B. 606 that should help with speeding on Henry Avenue. This amendment has the support of many in the district. The amendment passed with 140 yeas and 61 nays. You can read the article I wrote on this topic here and hear my remarks on the House floor in the video below. Read more


DeLissio reviews the recent work of the Children and Youth Committee

(Apr 01, 2021)

State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, minority chair of the House Children and Youth Committee, supported two bills during the committee’s first voting meeting March 24. Read more


East Falls Local Article: Reform is Past Due for Charter Schools

(Apr 01, 2021)

Reforms have long been discussed, and an attempt again this session is underway for reform.  Read more


East Falls Now Article: All the Speed We Don’t Need

(Apr 01, 2021)

Henry Avenue! Poor Henry. We disparage his name on many, many days and not because it is anything ‘he’ has done but due to those who traverse the street so named and do so at irresponsible rates of speed while making questionable decisions by driving aggressively through a residential neighborhood. It is, after all, Henry Avenue and not Henry Highway. Actually, Mayor Alexander Henry would probably be surprised at how often his name is invoked and especially related to the matter of speeding. In the time he was mayor, from 1867 to 1888, speeding cars was not one of the problems with which he had to contend. In this article, I am writing to advise the community that I have submitted an amendment to HB606, a bill regarding the use of radar by local law enforcement. My amendment will expand the Roosevelt Boulevard pilot project to include speed cameras on Henry Avenue. I had submitted this same amendment to the original pilot legislation in 2018 and the amendment was removed in the Senate, with no explanation. My plan this time is to ensure that we have an organized community effort to advocate for this amendment and to enlist as much support as possible. The Roosevelt Boulevard pilot project is up and running. Roosevelt Boulevard is a 12-mile, 12-lane arterial where speeding and fatalities due to speeding occur. It is my belief, since this is a pilot project to help determine the benefit of speed cameras on other roads, that Henry Read more


WATCH: 104th Town Hall

(Mar 22, 2021)

Topics included state constitutional amendments, an update on the COVID-19 vaccine, and more. Read more


E-BLAST: Henry Avenue construction to begin March 29

(Mar 19, 2021)

A good news update today: Work to improve Henry Avenue will begin on March 29, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Read more


DeLissio to host three free shred events this spring

(Mar 19, 2021)

“Shredding documents that contain confidential information helps to protect against identity theft. These events are a great opportunity to clear out old papers and discard them safely,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. Read more


Children and Youth meeting focuses on the state of child care and the impact of the pandemic

(Mar 12, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 12 – State Rep. Pam DeLissio, minority chair of the House Children and Youth Committee, participated in a public hearing on Monday to understand the impact COVID-19 has had on working families and the state of child care across the commonwealth. “Since the pandemic began, some child care facilities have closed and many people, especially women, have left the workforce to care for their young children,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “This sector is vitally important to economic recovery and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the legislature to find ways to help child care providers recover economically.” The committee heard from the Office of Child Development about financial relief and how federal dollars are awarded to child care facilities. The Pennsylvania Child Care Association also testified and stressed that staff turnover and the inability to attract new hires continues to impact providers’ ability to operate efficiently. State subsidized child care rates have not been raised in years. The committee also had the opportunity to hear about the Keystone STARS Program. Keystone STARS program supports all early care and education programs to improve program quality. The Keystone STARS Performance Standards function as a tool to support continuous quality improvement that impacts services to the children and families using child care in Pennsylvania, commented DeLissio. All licensed Read more


E-BLAST: Focusing on child welfare system in new role as minority chair

(Mar 08, 2021)

This session is the first time I am serving in the role of a minority chair. I have been appointed to serve in this capacity on the House Children and Youth Committee. Chairmanship is awarded based on seniority and I am honored to serve in this capacity. Read more


DeLissio focuses on Pennsylvania's child welfare system during first Children and Youth Committee meeting of 2021

(Mar 05, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 5 – As new minority chair of the House Children and Youth Committee, state Rep. Pam DeLissio participated in the first Children and Youth Committee meeting of the 2021-22 legislative session. There are many members new to the committee and it was helpful to have the initial meeting focus on an overview of the child welfare system, commented DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. For example, Pennsylvania is one of only 11 ­states that operates in a decentralized manner as each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties operates its own child and youth agency with oversight from the state. Presenters included staff from the Department of Human Services and stakeholders representing associations that promote child welfare and related policy ensuring the health and well-being of children, youth, and their families. Information was presented on the importance of the ChildLine hotline (800-932-0313) in providing citizens a 24/7 resource to report suspected child abuse or neglect. The need for additional support for child caseworkers, integral to making the system work, was discussed. “These caseworkers experience much stress in carrying out their duties and we need to ensure that the paperwork aspect of their jobs is not redundant or duplicative, but necessary to assess the needs of the children and their families when they need it the most,” DeLissio said. The courts play a critical role in the child welfare system and the Court Improvement Read more


East Falls Local Article: For Better or Worse

(Mar 01, 2021)

State constitutional amendments are a serious matter. I swore an oath to uphold said constitution and it is the ultimate governing document for our commonwealth. Ultimately, matters of state constitutionality are decided by our state Supreme Court. This current session of the General Assembly has seen quite a few constitutional amendments introduced, some passing out of committee and making it to the House floor for a final vote only three weeks into the session. If a proposed constitutional amendment passes both chambers in two consecutive sessions of the General Assembly the amendment is placed on the ballot for voters to decide. One such amendment will appear on the ballot on May 18. SB2 has successfully passed both chambers this session and had already passed last session. It is a constitutional amendment to curtail the Governor’s Executive powers regarding the declaration of an emergency. Basically, this constitutional amendment would limit the declaration to 21 days and if that declaration needs to be extended it would require action of the General Assembly. Currently the Governor can extend emergency declarations without legislative action. Having served in the House for the past 10 years, there is nothing more concerning than what is being proposed by this constitutional amendment. As I reflect on the severe and impactful consequences of COVID-19, a pandemic, and further reflect on my colleagues who do not fully embrace the Read more


East Falls NOW Article: Voting by Mail-in Ballot- Important Update

(Mar 01, 2021)

By the first Monday in February, county boards of elections (AKA City Commissioners in Philadelphia) were to have sent via the USPS, mail-in ballot applications to any eligible voter who requested to be placed on the ‘permanent mail-in ballot list file.’ You would be on this list if you checked the box that stated I would like to receive mail-in ballots this year and receive annual applications for mail-in ballots each year when you applied in 2020 for a mail in ballot. I checked that particular box, and as of this writing, I have not yet received this application. As we know, the U.S. Postal Service has had its share of challenges. Instead, I have signed up electronically to receive my mail-in ballot and I urge you to do the same. VotesPA.com will take you to the mail-in ballot application. If you want to receive a mail-in ballot for the general election as well, you can check that box on the application. If you prefer to wait and see whether or not you want to request a mail-in ballot for the general election you can apply again in the late summer or early fall. The deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot for the primary is May 11. No one should apply that late as the ballot then needs to be mailed to you. You then need to complete it and return it no later than 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18. There has been much discussion about the use of mail-in ballots. Forty-three states and the District of Columbia use some form of early voting, including Read more


DeLissio to host 104th Town Hall meeting virtually March 19

(Feb 26, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 26 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio will host her 104 th Town Hall meeting virtually at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 19. Topics will include information on the state constitutional amendment process including the one and possibly two amendments that will be on the ballot for the May 18 primary election and an update on the COVID-19 vaccine. The mail-in ballot process will also be reviewed. “My virtual town hall meetings have continued to draw new attendees, and I’m pleased to be able to share important information and updates for our community,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “Ongoing dialogue with residents of my district is a priority for me, and these virtual events have proven a successful way to keep in touch.” The meeting will be held over Zoom and will also be livestreamed on DeLissio’s Facebook page . Anyone who wishes to participate through Zoom must register by 5 p.m. Thursday, March 18, using this link or by emailing RepDeLissio@pahouse.net . Zoom login information will then be sent. Comments or questions can be posted live or emailed in advance to RepDeLissio@pahouse.net or by leaving a message at 215-482-8726. This is DeLissio’s 1 2 th town hall held virtually since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak and mitigation efforts necessitated different means to communicate and provide information. Previous town hall meetings can be viewed on Read more


WATCH: 103rd Town Hall

(Feb 19, 2021)

Topics included Gov. Tom Wolf’s state budget proposal, clarification of the process for mail-in ballots, and an update on COVID-19 vaccine distribution for Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. Read more


DeLissio appointed to Children’s Trust Fund board

(Feb 19, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 19 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., has been appointed to serve on the board of the Children’s Trust Fund for the 2021-22 legislative session. The mission of the Children’s Trust Fund is to prevent child abuse and neglect in Pennsylvania. “We as adults have no greater responsibility than keeping children safe. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to work with the Children’s Trust Fund to support community programs that protect kids and strengthen families,” DeLissio said. “I’ve long been committed to helping shape policies that are in the best interests of our citizens and our children are indeed cherished citizens. We have a collective responsibility to ensure that all children in the commonwealth thrive and have every opportunity to grow up in a safe and nurturing environment.” DeLissio was appointed to serve on the Children’s Trust Fund board by House Speaker Bryan Cutler. This legislative session, DeLissio was named minority chair of the House Children and Youth Committee, which reviews bills pertaining to the youngest citizens of Pennsylvania. Read more


E-BLAST: Mail-in ballots helped produce a 70.93% turnout

(Feb 19, 2021)

Dear Neighbor, Mail-in ballots provide an opportunity to vote ahead of Election Day; no excuse needed. Mail-in ballots are particularly conducive to our current lifestyles; particularly those that work 10- and 12-hour shifts and multiple jobs or jobs that may not be close to home. Read more