DeLissio announces relaunch of the Government Reform Caucus at rally

(Apr 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 26 – Last week, state Rep. Pam DeLissio (D-Phila./Montgomery) joined constituents and many other citizens from Fair Districts PA in the Capitol Rotunda in their rally for redistricting reform. “Last session, our collective two-year effort resulted in no legislation regarding this matter making it to the governor’s desk,” DeLissio said. “Instead of giving up, Fair Districts PA has regrouped and, armed with a new strategy, is determined to ensure that an independent citizens’ commission draws the lines for the congressional, state Senate and House redistricting that will occur in 2021. “During my remarks at the rally, I spoke about three of my favorite hashtags: #cluckfuster, #WhenYouHaveToCheatToWin and #FairAndSquare. Our current system for redistricting is a #cluckfuster. It is clear that not all of the General Assembly does not seem to understand that #WhenYouHaveToCheatToWin, the citizens are the real losers. All that citizens really want is a system that is #FairAndSquare. “Since my first town hall meeting in 2011 and at every one of my 83 town hall meetings since, I have mentioned the need for redistricting reform. In 2011, constituents wondered why I was talking about a topic that was not needed until 2021. Yet here we are in 2019 still attempting to get this legislation through the General Assembly. “Our current redistricting system continues to not be fair to the citizens it serves. Read more

 

Rep. DeLissio accepts invitation to participate in Council of State Governments

(Mar 08, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, March 8 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., has accepted an invitation to participate with the Council of State Governments Healthy States: What Works National Task Force. The task force appointment is for a two-year period that begins immediately and will conclude Dec. 31, 2020. In addition to other state leaders, DeLissio will work closely with health experts and private-sector partners to identify and promote new approaches to state health policy challenges that will culminate in the publishing of a policy framework to be distributed to all U.S. states and territories. There will be a total of four task force subcommittees composed of a team of 12 state leaders. The subcommittees will address the topics: What’s Next? Leveraging Innovation; State Health Systems ROI; Capacity, Preparedness and Resiliency; and Interventions to Save Lives. DeLissio will serve as a co-chair of the subcommittee State Health Systems ROI. This subcommittee will focus on how states can best create and/or reform state healthcare systems to improve return on investment. The initiative features four scheduled meetings. The first meeting is slated for June 17-19 in Lexington, Kentucky. DeLissio has been identified as a strong voice for advancing results in Pennsylvania. CSG believes DeLissio will be able to contribute valuable information and be integral in advancing and developing comprehensive public policy solutions to healthcare challenges Read more

 

Rep. DeLissio: Bridge named to honor history-making American veteran

(Mar 01, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, March 1 – A bridge along Henry Avenue, passing over Wissahickon Creek and Lincoln Drive in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, has been designated as the Brigadier General Anna Mae V. McCabe Hays Memorial Bridge, state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Philadelphia, announced this week. DeLissio was asked by state Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards if she would introduce legislation to honor Hays, who was a Pennsylvania resident from childhood, dedicated U.S. Army veteran, and the first woman to achieve the rank of brigadier general as a nurse. “General Hays led groundbreaking reforms in personnel policies, including the elimination of automatic discharges for married officers who became pregnant and to ensure that appointments to the Army Nurse Corps Reserve were not based on the age of the nurse's dependents,” DeLissio said. “It is fitting that we now recognize the contributions of this remarkable woman.” Hays, who died last year at age 97, was inspired to join the Army Nurse Corps after the attack on Pearl Harbor. She was deployed to India, where she cared for over 49,000 patients. After World War II, she also served in the Korean War, graduated from Columbia University’s Teacher’s College and Catholic University of America, and guided Army nurses through the Vietnam War in her role as the 13 th chief of the Army Nurse Corps. The latter resulted in her promotion to the rank of Read more

 

Rep. DeLissio: City Avenue will be upgraded through PennDOT grant

(Feb 08, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 8 – State Rep. Pam DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Philadelphia, announced today that more than half a million dollars in state funding through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has been allotted to help upgrade City Avenue in Philadelphia. In total, City Avenue Special Services District (CASSD) will receive $626,386 in grants for road and pedestrian safety improvements. “We are extremely appreciative of Representative DeLissio’s support in obtaining this important grant, which will allow us to complete Phase II of the City Avenue Project,” said Terence Foley, executive director of CASSD. The goal of the improvements is to enhance pedestrian safety all along the City Avenue corridor. The enhancements are part of a long-term Streetscape and Safety Improvement Program of The City Avenue District. Spanning across Philadelphia and Lower Merion Township in Montgomery County, the CASSD is the first multi-jurisdictional special services or business improvement district in North America. This project was among 50 that were awarded grants from the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund. Read more

 

Rep. DeLissio proposes two resolutions in support of more accountable, transparent governance

(Feb 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 1 – State Rep. Pam DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Philadelphia, has personally proposed two Pa. House of Representatives rules reforms as part of a bipartisan effort to make government more transparent and accountable to the people of Pennsylvania. Eight lawmakers joined together earlier this week to push for reform after they were not given an opportunity on opening day of the 2019-20 House session to consider proposed changes to current rules that often prevent substantive debate on important issues, require votes on measures with little or no notice, sideline important legislation, and allow impactful bills, e.g. voting improvements or gift-ban legislation, to languish in committees. DeLissio introduced Resolutions 13 and 19, both of which are among the package of rules reforms supported by Fair Districts PA. Resolution 13 would allow any legislation with 20 co-sponsors from each party to get a committee vote and be designated as a priority bill upon the request of one of the majority co-sponsors and one of the minority co-sponsors. The bill would then receive first consideration and be positioned for second and third consideration votes on the House floor. Resolution 19 would reinforce that the only definition that should be used by the House for the word “germane” would be the Mason’s Manual definition. Regarding germaneness, the question is whether the amendment is relevant, appropriate and in natural and logical sequence to Read more

 

Rep. DeLissio announces her committee assignments for 2019-2020

(Feb 01, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 31 – Pennsylvania House leadership appointed Rep. Pam DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Philadelphia, to serve on four standing committees for the 2019-2020 legislative session. She will serve on Aging and Older Adult Services, Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Health, and State Government. “As this new session gets underway, 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 on these four committees. This will be my fifth term serving on the Aging and Older Adult Services Committee, and my professional background in long-term care and the demographics of our state indicate that we need to develop the best policy to meet the housing and service needs of our older citizens. I believe that my service for the past two years on the PA Long Term Care Council and my more recent participation on the newly convened state DHS Progressive Care Retirement Communities Workgroup has me uniquely positioned to evaluate and develop meaningful policy for our seniors. “I have served on the Health Committee since my first term, and policies ranging from presumptive eligibility for home care and behavioral health to abortion care are just a few examples of the impactful legislation that comes before this committee. “The Read more

 

DeLissio announces new book club

(Jan 25, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 25 – Residents of the 194 th looking to participate in a thoughtful exchange with their neighbors can join state Rep. Pam DeLissio at her newly organized book club. There will be four book club meetings throughout the year. The first meeting of the book club will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 10 and will meet in her district office located at 6511 Ridge Ave. “If you would like to join us, please contact my office at 215-482-8726, or email me at RepDeLissio@pahouse.net with your name and address,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “I am excited to share thoughts and ideas that come from the exploration of literature. It’s a great way to hear even more voices in a new and inviting format.” The first book being discussed is “Hillbilly Elegy” by J.D. Vance. “With already a great response, there is still room to join for our March book club meeting,” she said. “I am excited about how enthusiastic the response has been to this idea.” There will be four book club meetings throughout the year. Participants will be limited to 20 per gathering, and constituents will need to sign up for a particular book club session. Days and dates will vary. Additional dates and books will be publicized in upcoming e-newsletters. Residents can sign up for DeLissio's e-newsletter on her website, where the book club information also will be published. Her website is Read more

 

Philadelphia Delegation announces its legislative platform for 2019-20

(Jan 16, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 16 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, chairman of the Philadelphia House Delegation, along with delegation members today announced their legislative agenda during a news conference at the state Capitol. The delegation said its top priorities for working toward a better Philadelphia include investing in education and schools, criminal justice reform, health care for all, strengthening commercial coordinators, and alternative energy methods. "We are joining forces to work as one unit for the betterment of all Philadelphians, and that begins with fighting for what our constituents need the most,” Dawkins said. "We are also focused on making sure that everyone gets a fair shot and equal treatment." “Last session we worked in bipartisan fashion to get clean slate legislation signed into law and bring real criminal justice reform to those who need it,” said Rep. Jordan Harris, the Democratic Whip. “Now, we must continue fighting for further reform to reduce recidivism and allow Pennsylvanians who have paid their debt to society to pursue a productive path to citizenry.” “For too long our criminal justice system has been an injustice system for the mentally ill, the poor, and people of color,” said Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta. “While we’ve made progress, our prisons remain overcrowded, inmates mistreated, and mental health problems ignored. I stand with my Philadelphia colleagues to address Read more

 

The launch of the Book Club of the 194th

(Jan 16, 2019)

One new way to exchange thoughts and ideas is to participate in a book club that I am establishing in 2019. There will be four book club meetings throughout the year. The dates and books will be publicized in upcoming e-newsletters and on this website. Participants will be limited to 20 per meeting, and constituents will need to sign up for a particular book club session. Days and dates will vary. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance is the first book. The date of the initial book club meeting is Sunday, March 10 th from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. We will meet in my office at 6511 Ridge Ave. To sign up, either call the district office at 215-482-8726 or email RepDeLissio@pahouse.net with your name and address. Participation is limited to constituents of the 194 th . Read more

 

The launch of the Book Club of the 194th

(Jan 16, 2019)

One new way to exchange thoughts and ideas is to participate in a book club that I am establishing in 2019. There will be four book club meetings throughout the year. The dates and books will be publicized in upcoming e-newsletters and on this website. Participants will be limited to 20 per meeting, and constituents will need to sign up for a particular book club session. Days and dates will vary. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance is the first book. The date of the initial book club meeting is Sunday, March 10 th from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. We will meet in my office at 6511 Ridge Ave. To sign up, either call the district office at 215-482-8726 or email RepDeLissio@pahouse.net with your name and address. Participation is limited to constituents of the 194 th . Read more

 

Harris names deputy whips for 2019-20 legislative session

(Jan 09, 2019)

State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., today named Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, Rep. Pam DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, and Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene, as deputy whips for the 2019-20 legislative session. Read more

 

DeLissio to host 80th Town Hall meeting Jan. 26

(Jan 07, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 4 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will hold her 80 th Town Hall meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 th at Cathedral Village, 600 E. Cathedral Road, 19128. At this “Pam Unplugged” gathering, DeLissio said, “I look forward to sharing with constituents my involvement over the past few months to change the House Rules, which is an underlying reason for much of the unfinished business in Harrisburg. The House Rules also contribute to how the ‘cards’ end up stacked not in favor of citizens, but in favor of special interest groups with significant financial influence. “As a result of important unfinished business session after session, there has been a focused effort to ensure that the Pennsylvania House Rules provide a fair and square opportunity for legislation such as redistricting reform and updating and improving our voting systems and campaign finance reform, etc. to reach the governor’s desk,” DeLissio said. Pennsylvania is ranked very low when it comes to legislative fairness. “This town hall will be an opportunity for constituents to hear how state government works in reality, instead of in theory, and what some of us are doing to instill oversight and change. Our goal is a fair and square government in 2019-2020,” DeLissio said. DeLissio’s stated goals for her Town Halls include informing constituents about how the legislative process Read more

 

DeLissio receives award for championing long-term care services

(Dec 07, 2018)

PHILADLEPHIA, Dec. 7 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., on Wednesday in Harrisburg was awarded the Champion for Long Term Care Award by the Pennsylvania Health Care Association. DeLissio was recognized for her passion, advocacy and support for legislation that addresses the commonwealth’s long-term care services and supports system. “Representative DeLissio began her career in long-term care, and she has never forgotten her roots,” PHCA CEO Russ McDaid said. “She has been a fantastic advocate for the providers, the direct-care workers and the seniors in her district and across the commonwealth. We are proud to present her with this award.” A member of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s Long-Term Care Council and the House Aging & Older Adult Services Committee, DeLissio said that she is a strong partner for stakeholders of long-term care due to her professional background in providing housing and services to older adults with limited incomes. Prior to her election to the legislature in 2010, DeLissio had nearly 30 years of experience in the fields of long-term care and small business ownership. She also played a major role in reviewing the state’s delivery of long-term care services and support for independent and care dependent older Pennsylvanians as member of the Joint State Government Commission’s Advisory Committee on Long Term Care Services and Supports for Older Pennsylvanians. Read more

 

DeLissio to host 79th Town Hall meeting Dec. 4

(Nov 28, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 22 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., has rescheduled her 79 th Town Hall meeting to be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4 in the Wolcoff Auditorium at Roxborough Memorial Hospital, 5800 Ridge Ave., 19128. Due to the recent winter storm on Nov.15, the Town Hall had to be rescheduled for a later date. There is plenty of free parking available in the Jamestown Lot. The hospital is on Bus Route 9. DeLissio will focus on “Unfinished Business” in the Pennsylvania House and how the makeup of the Pennsylvania legislature contributes to this unfinished business. A review of some of the most impactful legislation that did not become law in Harrisburg this session will be discussed. Much of the legislation that will be discussed has languished for years in Harrisburg. DeLissio said that it is imperative to adopt a strategy early in the next session to ensure that legislation to improve the voting process (e.g. early voting, no excuse absentee ballots) and to mitigate the impact of gerrymandering – as just two examples – make it to the governor’s desk. “I have conducted town halls during my entire time in office, and I always welcome new people who may have not yet attended,” she said. “The location rotates throughout the district, and it is great to see folks from all corners of the district attend. The dialogue is always civil and thought-provoking, and I always look forward Read more

 

DeLissio to host Annual Holiday Open House on Wednesday, Dec. 12

(Nov 27, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 20 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio will hold her Annual Holiday Open House from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 in her district office, 6511 Ridge Avenue. Constituents of the 194 th Legislative District will be treated to light refreshments and camaraderie with staff, neighbors and friends. “ Our open houses are engaging and fun, with neighbors and friends coming in and checking out what the legislature is doing in Harrisburg. I appreciate hearing what they think of our policy priorities,” she said. “The Open House offers a great opportunity to ask questions and interact with me and staff, who can share information on state services and how we can best assist you. “You also will have the opportunity to find out if the Pennsylvania Treasury has any unclaimed property for you, enter a drawing for a day of shadowing me in Harrisburg, and post a favorite location in the 194th Legislative District on the ‘brag wall.’” This year, sweets will be made by students in the culinary arts program at A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical High School, located in the 194 th legislative district . “We enjoy taking this opportunity to showcase the culinary arts talents of students attending school in the 194 th ,” DeLissio said. Although not necessary, DeLissio said it would be helpful for attendees planning to attend to RSVP to her office. To RSVP or obtain more information, Read more

 

Voting will get unfinished business done in Harrisburg

(Nov 16, 2018)

State Rep. Pamela DeLissio discusses how "Voting will get unfinished business done in Harrisburg. Read more

 

DeLissio to host 79th Town Hall meeting Nov. 15

(Oct 26, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 26 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will hold her 79 th Town Hall meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Wolcoff Auditorium at the Roxborough Memorial Hospital, 5800 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia 19128. There will be plenty of free parking available in the Jamestown Lot. The hospital is on Bus Route 9. DeLissio will focus on an analysis of the midterm elections in addition to a review of some of the most impactful legislation that did not become law in Harrisburg this session. DeLissio said it is imperative to adopt a strategy early in the next session to ensure that legislation to improve how we vote and to mitigate the impact of gerrymandering in particular make it to the governor’s desk. “I have conducted town halls during my entire time in office, and I always welcome new people who may have not yet attended,” she said. “The location rotates throughout the district, and it is great to see folks from all corners of the district attend. The dialogue is always civil and thought-provoking, and I always look forward to the discussion.” Anya Rose from Manayunk, a first-timer to a town hall meeting in June, said following that month’s meeting, “That was so incredibly informative. I think everyone should go to these meetings. You will learn a lot. What issues are being discussed? What’s worth fighting for? What can we be hopeful about? What are other people in your area Read more

 

DeLissio promotes new law expanding prescription assistance for seniors

(Oct 26, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 26 – A new law will expand access to the state’s prescription drug assistance program for thousands of additional seniors, according to state Rep. Pamela DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. The new law – Act 87 of 2018 – increases the maximum income limit for PACENET prescription drug assistance from $23,500 to $27,500 for single people and from $31,500 to $35,500 for married couples. “No senior should ever have to make the decision between paying for their medication and paying other bills in order to make ends meet,” DeLissio said. “Supporting legislation that will provide an additional 17,000 seniors with access to affordable medicine was the right thing to do; this legislation has been introduced over several sessions and is now finally law.” DeLissio said in addition to increasing the income eligibility limits, the new law allows pharmacists to fill partial prescriptions so participant's refills can all be refilled on the same day of the month. “Paper applications are available in my district office and anyone who needs assistance with applying can seek help with my staff who are always happy to answer questions and help in the application process,” DeLissio said. The PACE and PACENET programs offer lower-cost prescription medications to qualified residents 65 or older. Funding is provided by proceeds from the Pennsylvania Lottery. Read more

 

DeLissio to host APPRISE counselor during Medicare annual open enrollment period

(Oct 05, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 5 – State. Rep. Pamela DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will offer four sessions with an APPRISE counselor in her district office through the fall open enrollment period for Medicare, which takes place from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 . APPRISE , a program of the state Department of Aging, is a free health insurance counseling program designed to help older Pennsylvanians with Medicare, Medicare Supplemental Insurance, Medicaid and long-term care insurance. DeLissio’s office will hold sessions on Oct. 17, Oct. 30, Nov. 13 and Nov. 28. The counselor will be available from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. “Meeting with an APPRISE counselor is a good way to learn more about the various health care plans and make sure you have the best plan to meet your budget and suit your needs,” said DeLissio. “This is a valuable program, and I’m glad to be able to connect my older constituents to this resource.” DeLissio has offered an APPRISE counselor in her office monthly since 2011 to assist with Medicare questions. Interested constituents should call to make a free hour appointment by calling DeLissio’s office at 215-482-8726. Read more

 

DeLissio helps kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with PA Breast Cancer Coalition

(Oct 05, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 5 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., joined House and Senate members and the PA Breast Cancer Coalition to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Tuesday by turning the Capitol Fountain pink for the month of October to remind women of the importance of mammograms and early detection. “The goals this month – and around the year – are to spread the message of prevention through early detection and to advocate for access to treatment,” said DeLissio, who is a breast cancer survivor. “I am very grateful for the work of the PA Breast Cancer Coalition, which is celebrating their 25 th anniversary this year. I’m proud of their mission to educate women and ensure people are getting their mammograms for the earliest possible detection and have access to care and treatment.” DeLissio said that for those who do not remember, Gov. Tom Wolf clarified that under the existing state mammogram law, 3D mammograms, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis, must be covered at no cost to women in the same manner as traditional two-dimensional mammograms. “3D technology is a tool that can help doctors better detect and assess risks, and I’m proud that Pennsylvania was the first state to protect access to it,” she said. According to the coalition, women 40 or older should undergo annual mammograms, and those 55 or over should undergo one every two years. Read more

 

DeLissio announces relaunch of the Government Reform Caucus at rally
Apr 26, 2019

Rep. DeLissio accepts invitation to participate in Council of State Governments
Mar 08, 2019

Rep. DeLissio: Bridge named to honor history-making American veteran
Mar 01, 2019

Rep. DeLissio: City Avenue will be upgraded through PennDOT grant
Feb 08, 2019

Rep. DeLissio proposes two resolutions in support of more accountable, transparent governance
Feb 01, 2019

Rep. DeLissio announces her committee assignments for 2019-2020
Feb 01, 2019

DeLissio announces new book club
Jan 25, 2019

Philadelphia Delegation announces its legislative platform for 2019-20
Jan 16, 2019

The launch of the Book Club of the 194th
Jan 16, 2019

The launch of the Book Club of the 194th
Jan 16, 2019

Harris names deputy whips for 2019-20 legislative session
Jan 09, 2019

DeLissio to host 80th Town Hall meeting Jan. 26
Jan 07, 2019

DeLissio receives award for championing long-term care services
Dec 07, 2018

DeLissio to host 79th Town Hall meeting Dec. 4
Nov 28, 2018

DeLissio to host Annual Holiday Open House on Wednesday, Dec. 12
Nov 27, 2018

Voting will get unfinished business done in Harrisburg
Nov 16, 2018

DeLissio to host 79th Town Hall meeting Nov. 15
Oct 26, 2018

DeLissio promotes new law expanding prescription assistance for seniors
Oct 26, 2018

DeLissio to host APPRISE counselor during Medicare annual open enrollment period
Oct 05, 2018

DeLissio helps kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with PA Breast Cancer Coalition
Oct 05, 2018