DeLissio lauds passage of bill to close nuisance stop-and-go’s in city

(Nov 03, 2017)

Pictured are Darece Williford, Cheryl Spencer, DeLissio, and Denise Whittiker - three members of the Community Action Group with DeLissio. PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 3 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio on Wednesday joined Gov. Tom Wolf, members of the state Liquor Control Board, and state and local Philadelphia legislators for the signing of a bill that increases the state’s ability to better deal with “stop and go” nuisance establishments in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania. The new authority is included in a Fiscal Code bill (H.B. 674), which the House passed last week. Under the legislation, if the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board finds that a licensed establishment does not meet the seating, square footage, food or health requirements under the state Liquor Code, the LCB can suspend the license immediately. The new law also gives local government entities the power to make recommendations to the LCB to investigate establishments believed to be failing to meet code requirements. The bill was signed at the same location that two years ago DeLissio convened city, state and civic stakeholders to understand the problem from as many perspectives as possible and to identify, in particular, the barriers to a solution. “I brought the agenda and the stakeholder chart from that meeting to the bill signing,” DeLissio said. “The bill signing reflects the collective efforts of my colleagues in the House and Senate to give Read more

 

DeLissio announces Nov. 16 town hall on gaming expansion, update on shale tax efforts

(Oct 27, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 27 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will hold her next monthly town hall at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16 at Mishkan Shalom Synagogue, 4101 Freeland Ave. The town hall, DeLissio’s 68th, will take place in the second-floor meeting room. “There is always much to discuss at my town halls, and that will certainly be the case for my 68th,” DeLissio said. “Discussion will focus on the newly signed revenue bills and the gaming expansion bill, House Bill 271, which will contribute to much-needed revenue in Pennsylvania.” House Bill 271 includes internet gambling, video gaming terminals (VGTs) and sports wagering. DeLissio said that a status update of a long-overdue Marcellus Shale severance tax bill, H.B. 1401, also will be provided. House Bill 1401 was voted out of the House Finance Committee on Oct. 18 and was substantively amended in committee. Read more

 

DeLissio attends White House meeting to establish relationships

(Oct 20, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 20 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., attended a meeting at the White House on Oct. 12 to establish a better working relationship among the White House, federal agencies and Pennsylvania House members. “Pennsylvania state representatives were invited by White House Intergovernmental Affairs Director Justin Clark, and it was a great opportunity to bring the voice of my district to Washington,” DeLissio said. “The day began with a tour of the East Wing of the Capitol, and representatives then gathered to meet with numerous departments and agencies of the White House. The group met with senior staff from the following departments: Dept. of Interior, Dept. of Agriculture, Dept. of Health and Human Services, Dept. of Commerce, Dept. of Energy, Small Business Administration, Dept. of State, Dept. of Transportation, Dept. of Veteran Affairs, including Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, and the deputy chief of staff to President Donald Trump. “The purpose of these meetings was to ensure lines of communication, which are critical to enhancing policy outcomes at the state and federal levels. I look forward to accessing the contacts made, and I intend to call upon these newly formed relationships for assistance when warranted.” Read more

 

DeLissio to host APPRISE counselor to help older adults during the Medicare annual open enrollment period

(Oct 06, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 6 – State. Rep. Pamela DeLissio will offer several 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 of every year. APPRISE is a free health insurance counseling program designed to help older Pennsylvanians with Medicare. Counselors are specially trained staff and volunteers who can answer questions about Medicare and provide senior citizens with objective, easy-to-understand information about Medicare, Medicare Supplemental Insurance, Medicaid and long-term care insurance. The sessions are scheduled for: Wednesday, Oct. 18, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to 1 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, D-Montgomery/Phila. “This is a valuable program, and I’m glad to be able to connect our local older adults 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 half-hour appointment by calling DeLissio’s office at 215-482-8726. Read more

 

DeLissio announces monthly Town Hall on Oct. 19

(Oct 06, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 6 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will host her October Town Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 in the Community Room of the Bala Cynwyd Library, 131 Old Lancaster Road, Bala Cynwyd, 19004. “It is my sincere hope that by my next Town Hall meeting we will have a revenue bill that will have been successfully passed by the Senate and House and signed by the governor,” DeLissio said. “It has been a bumpy ride since the spending bill was passed at the end of June, and this past week was indicative that yet again only three of the caucuses and the governor’s office can work together. Join me to find out which caucus has earned the title of contrarian.” October’s Town Hall is DeLissio’s 67 th Town Hall. Read more

 

DeLissio to offer paper shredding event Oct. 21

(Oct 06, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 6 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio will hold a free shredding event for constituents to safely dispose of confidential, unwanted documents. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21 in the Magisterial District Court parking lot at 925 Montgomery Ave., Narberth. Availability is on a first-come basis. Shredding will take place at the designated time or until the truck is full. The event will be held rain or shine. 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

 

DeLissio introduces bill to provide health care at lower cost

(Oct 06, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 6 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., reintroduced legislation this week that would provide health care coverage in Pennsylvania at a lower cost and with freedom to choose health care providers because the concept of “networks” would go away. House Bill 1688 would establish the Pennsylvania Health Care Plan, a blueprint of bold steps that would result in a healthier citizenry without the financial burden that many people currently experience with high deductibles and premiums, DeLissio said. “Given the nationwide focus on how to best provide affordable health care, this legislation is timelier than ever,” DeLissio said. This or similar legislation has been introduced in Pennsylvania since 2005.” Starting this year, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) allows states the option to innovate with their own health care plan as long as the proposed plan is more economical and efficient. This proposed legislation meets that criteria and improves upon the current health care system in many ways, DeLissio said. “This legislation preserves the private practice of medicine and it would ensure the cost-effective delivery of covered services that range from catastrophic care to wellness and preventative care. Health care providers would have autonomy over patient care,” DeLissio said. Currently, health care practitioners often have to vigorously defend their recommended Read more

 

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

(Oct 06, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 6 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., joined House members and the PA Breast Cancer Coalition to kick-off Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Monday by turning the Capitol fountain pink for the month of October to remind women of the importance of mammograms and early detection. “Our goal clearly needs to be prevention and, short of that, early detection and access to treatment are imperative,” DeLissio said. “I am very grateful for the work of the PA Breast Cancer Coalition to educate women throughout the commonwealth and to ensure that short of prevention, people are getting their mammograms for the earliest possible detection and have access to care and treatment.” During the event, DeLissio announced that after 16 months she completed treatment for breast cancer at the end of August and is cancer free. “This journey was only possible with the love, support and prayers of my family, friends, staff and colleagues who were with me every step of the way. I am eternally grateful for all of that support.” In addition to Monday’s kick-off, on Tuesday the House adopted H.R. 435, recognizing October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Oct. 20, 2017, as National Mammography day in Pennsylvania. Specifically, the resolution encourages all women and men in the commonwealth to have discussions with their doctors about breast cancer and the value of being Read more

 

DeLissio to host annual Senior Expo on Thursday, Sept. 28

(Sep 15, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 15 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will host a free Senior Expo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 at Roxborough Memorial Hospital, 5800 Ridge Avenue. The Expo will be under the tent in the Rector Street parking lot. This is a rain or shine event. “Seniors are active and vital members of the community, and I’m excited to be able to bring together a diverse group of agencies and organizations that offer opportunities specifically for older adults,” DeLissio said. “In addition to a variety of health, home, and other service needs, folks will be introduced to organizations providing lifelong learning and volunteer opportunities, and ways to stay or become engaged with the community in which we live, work and play.” DeLissio said that she will continue to offer a diverse group of exhibitors at the expo to acknowledge seniors’ varied interests and needs. Representatives from the Philadelphia Corporation of Aging, Visiting Nurses Association, Benefits Data Trust, CLARIFI, and Community Legal Services and many other organizations will be available to provide information that older adults may find very helpful. Additionally, DeLissio said that she is pleased to have organizations such as Morris Animal Refuge attending with cats looking for a happy home, Road Scholar providing information on their educational travel tours, Community College of Philadelphia, the local YMCA, and Read more

 

DeLissio will participate in U.S. Supreme Court case over redistricting

(Sep 15, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 15 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., last week signed on to an amicus brief for a lawsuit over redistricting that will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 3. “The lawsuit, Gill vs. Whitford , involves the practice of gerrymandering and how it has led to gridlock and extreme partisanship in many state legislatures and in Congress,” she said. In the suit, Wisconsin state officials are appealing a lower-court ruling that the state’s redistricting plan went to such extremes in its political gerrymandering that it violated protections given to voters by the First Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. Holwell Shuster & Goldberg’s brief speaks for legislators across eight states, which, like all states, will undergo redistricting following the 2020 census. “I am one of two legislators from Pennsylvania who was interviewed for this brief, and I was proud to be asked for my perspective on how gerrymandering in Pennsylvania affects the legislative process,” DeLissio said. “One example of gerrymandering is our recent negotiation of our state budget. Gerrymandering has clearly contributed to the fact that we remain at a budget impasse. “It was an honor for me to have participated in this amicus brief for this historic occasion, as I believe redistricting is an issue of integral importance to our democracy.” Read more

 

DeLissio to offer paper shredding events Sept. 23, Oct. 21

(Sep 15, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 15 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio is holding two free shredding events for constituents to safely dispose of confidential, unwanted documents. The first event will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 in the Roxborough Municipal Lot, 514 Dupont St., 19128. Another will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, in the Magisterial District Court parking lot at 925 Montgomery Ave., Narberth. Availability is on a first-come basis. Shredding will take place at the designated times or until the truck is full. The events will be held rain or shine. 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

 

DeLissio Town Hall for Sept. 14 canceled in light of added House session days

(Sep 08, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 8 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., canceled her Town Hall scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 14, as state legislators have just learned as of Thursday, Sept. 8 that they are now scheduled to be in session on Sept. 14 and 15. “Plans are being made for my October Town Hall, and I will be announcing those plans shortly,” DeLissio said. “It is with regret that I must inform my constituents of the September cancellation, but our work on the budget must be a priority as we are two months into the new fiscal year. I look forward to updating constituents on the progress.” Free shredding events DeLissio has also scheduled two free shredding events. The shred events are rain or shine events. The first is 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Roxborough Municipal Lot, 514 Dupont St. Another will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, in the Magisterial District Court parking lot at 925 Montgomery Ave., Narberth. “Shredding documents that contain personal and confidential information is a great way to help protect yourself from identity theft,” DeLissio said. “This is a good time to clean out those desks and files and dispose of unneeded papers in a safe and environmentally friendly way.” Over 300 households took advantage of DeLissio’s spring shred events. There is a four bag/banker box limit per household. Annual Read more

 

DeLissio announces September Town Hall meeting

(Aug 31, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 31 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio will host her 67 th Town Hall meeting on Thursday, Sept. 14. The Town Hall will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the second floor community room at the Bala Cynwyd Library, 131 Old Lancaster Road. Town Hall meetings provide opportunities for dialogue from constituents on a variety of topics that are being considered by the state House. At the Sept. 14 meeting, discussion will focus on the state budget and the ongoing work to pass a revenue package to support the spending plan previously adopted for the current fiscal year. “One concern which may indeed be discussed is if a budget impasse is occurring, school districts and human services programs could be adversely impacted by the delay,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “The dialogue at these events represents divergent views and I am pleased and proud discourse has always been civil,” DeLissio said. “I welcome all points of view, because I represent and learn from my constituents as much I hope they may gain from me.” “Town Hall meetings provide a valuable opportunity for me to hear directly from residents about the state issues that matter most to them, and they are a great way for me to share more about what’s happening in Harrisburg,” DeLissio said. “Anyone is welcome, whether they have attended before or would like to join us for the first time.” Read more

 

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(Aug 30, 2017)

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DeLissio schedules fall events

(Aug 25, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 25 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio announced several fall events that will provide valuable services and information for residents in the 194 th District. “Engaging with constituents is important, and these upcoming events provide the opportunity to offer great services to residents and hear their thoughts on current topics,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. 67 th Town Hall DeLissio’s 67 th Town Hall is set for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 in the second floor community room at the Bala Cynwyd Library, 131 Old Lancaster Road. Town hall meetings provide opportunities for dialogue from constituents throughout the district on a variety of topics that are being considered by the state House. The dialogue often represents divergent views and the discourse has always been civil, DeLissio said. “My Town Halls draw repeat attendees as well as new faces, and everyone is welcome to join us to get a better understanding of what is happening in Harrisburg,” DeLissio said. “Since the state budget is still incomplete there is a high probability that this will be the priority topic; particularly if a budget impasse is occurring and school districts and human services programs could be adversely impacted by the delay.” Free shredding events DeLissio has also scheduled two free shredding events. The shred events are rain or shine events. The first is 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Roxborough Read more

 

DeLissio: House should convene sooner, rather than later, to finish budget

(Aug 04, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 4 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio said the House of Representatives should convene soon to work on completing a state budget for 2017-18. “The state budget is indeed one of the most, if not the most, important responsibilities of the Pennsylvania General Assembly,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “The state budget for the new fiscal year that began on July 1 is still not complete,” DeLissio said. “The legislature approved a spending plan on June 30, and Gov. Tom Wolf permitted that bill to become law without his signature on July 10. “Since that time, the House has convened one time on Saturday, July 22, and on that day we were in session for less than 10 minutes. The Sunday session was canceled,” DeLissio said. The Senate was in the week of July 24 and passed five code bills ( H.B.118 , administrative; H.B.178 , school; H.B. 542 , tax; H.B. 453 , fiscal; and H.B. 59 , human services). The votes for these bills can be found at www.legis.state.pa.us . “These bills are now in the House, and the bills are being reviewed and analyzed by House members,” DeLissio said. DeLissio said she reminds constituents that the devil is in the details and said it appears that the bills would have both positive and negative impact on citizens. For example, a Marcellus Shale tax is included but so are environmental regulatory changes that benefit the natural gas industry. Gambling expansion has been Read more

 

DeLissio: The time is now for H.B. 1688 -- The Pennsylvania Health Care Plan

(Jul 28, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, July 28 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., hosted over 60 citizens for her 66 th Town Hall on Wednesday to discuss the concepts behind DeLissio’s legislation, H.B.1688, the Pennsylvania Health Care Plan, a Medicare for all-style single-payer plan. She said the discussion was interactive and informative, as one participant later posted, "I am at a Town Hall meeting on single-payer; first great point; life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness all depend on health and therefore healthcare is a right and not a privilege." “H.B. 1688, to be re-introduced shortly, is NOT government run health care,” DeLissio said. “Health care providers and health care facilities would remain in the private sector. State government would be responsible for establishing a system in which a single, public or quasi-public agency organizes the health care financing to support health care access. Cost controls (including administrative costs, pharmaceutical costs etc.), and citizens having sufficient ‘skin in the game’ are critical components of this plan.” The discussion included questions pertaining to health care, such as: What do citizens want? What are citizens willing to pay for? How should it be structured? There are currently 32 countries on the list of industrialized nations that have universal health coverage. Norway adopted this type of coverage in 1912 and Israel Read more

 

DeLissio discusses budget, single-payer legislation at 66th Town Hall

(Jul 27, 2017)

State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., gave a state budget update and discussed single-payer health care legislation at her 66 th Town Hall on July 26, 2017. Click here to see the PowerPoint presentation from the event. Click here to see a flowchart for the Pennsylvania Health Care Plan. Read more

 

DeLissio urges vote on shale tax

(Jul 14, 2017)

HARRISBURG, July 14 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., joined her colleagues from both sides of the aisle to push for a reasonable measure to help bring in sustainable revenue for Pennsylvania – a severance tax on the extraction of Marcellus Shale resources. DeLissio signed a letter to House Speaker Mike Turzai urging him to bring to a vote a fair tax on Marcellus Shale. She also supported a discharge resolution calling on the House to bring up H.B. 113, a severance tax measure sponsored by Rep. Kate Harper, R-Montgomery. “With Pennsylvania’s credit ratings at risk, we cannot continue to borrow our way out of this fiscal crisis or to continue to use one-time transfers as we have for the past two administrations that I have been in office,” DeLissio said. “A fair severance tax is supported by an overwhelming number of Pennsylvania residents, and it would help us generate the recurring revenue that we desperately need.” DeLissio is a co-prime sponsor with colleague Rep. Gene DiGirolamo, R-Bucks, of H.B. 1401 , which would create a 3.2 percent severance tax on unconventional natural gas extraction, in addition to the existing impact fee. Pennsylvania is the only major gas-producing state that does not impose a severance, or drilling, tax. Support for a severance tax is growing on both sides of the aisle. House Bill 1401 has bipartisan co-sponsors, DeLissio said, and Republicans and Democrats signed the letter Read more

 

DeLissio to host 66th Town Hall meeting

(Jul 13, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, July 13 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will hold her 66 th Town Hall meeting at 7 p.m. July 26 in the Wolcoff Auditorium at Roxborough Memorial Hospital , 5800 Ridge Ave. The meeting, which is open to all constituents, will focus on legislation DeLissio is proposing to improve Pennsylvania’s health care system, as well as discussing the complexities of the 2017-18 state budget. DeLissio will discuss a bill she will soon introduce to establish the Pennsylvania Health Care Plan. House Bill 1688 would result in better access to health care and will control costs. “Given the nationwide focus on how to best provide affordable health care, this is a perfect time to talk about what we can do to improve the system here in Pennsylvania,” DeLissio said. “This piece of legislation will allow access to care for all Pennsylvanians and provide a means to control costs. I am looking forward to the opportunity of sharing the details of the bill to help my constituents understand how a Single Payer Medicare For All Plan would be advantageous to the commonwealth.” DeLissio also will update community members with the latest on the state budget progress. “The state legislature adopted a spending package, but we still need to determine the revenue sources we will use to pay for it,” DeLissio said. “The legislature is asked to make difficult decisions in reconciling all of our citizens’ Read more