DeLissio proposal to post ChildLine number in hospitals voted affirmatively

(Jul 08, 2017)

HARRISBURG, July 8 – The state House of Representatives today passed a measure that will require child abuse hotline information be posted in schools and hospitals, said Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio. House Bill 1232 would require K-12 schools to publicly display the statewide toll-free telephone number for reporting suspected child abuse or neglect, known as ChildLine . The departments of Education, Health and Human Services shall make the poster available on their publicly accessible Internet websites. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., introduced an amendment that would also require hospitals to display the ChildLine number on a poster in high-traffic, public areas in a hospital’s emergency department. “ChildLine information needs to be easily accessible so that anyone needing to report suspected abuse can quickly find out how to do so. Hospitals, in addition to schools, are a natural place to post this information,” said DeLissio. “This measure is an easy step we can take to raise awareness and help protect children who may be victims of abuse.” DeLissio introduced the amendment after learning that there was no requirement in law to advertise the ChildLine number in any location and that HB1232 was the first time a requirement to display the number would be put in place. The number for the ChildLine and Abuse Registry Intake Unit is 800-932-0313 , available 24/7 to receive reports of suspected child abuse. DeLissio hopes posting Read more

 

DeLissio announces 2016-17 Peer to Peer, Unsung Hero awards

(Jun 16, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, June 16 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., honored local students with Peer to Peer and Unsung Hero awards for the 2016-17 school year. The honors are awarded annually to students who live in the 194th Legislative District. They are nominated by their teachers, counselors and other school staff members. “Each year, the schools are contacted inviting them to identify two students who have excelled in contributing to good citizenship and/or displaying a behavior or action which may otherwise go unnoticed or unrecognized,” DeLissio said. “Congratulations to these students for their compassion and willingness to do the ‘right thing’ without expectation of recognition or an award. Our communities are the better because of their contributions.” The following schools participated and identified these graduating students to receive the following awards: AMY Northwest Middle School: Charlemagne Hunter – Peer to Peer; Bianca Hamilton – Unsung Hero; Cook-Wissahickon School: Samantha Sturkey – Peer to Peer; Nosaj Briddell – Unsung Hero; James Dobson School: Lilly Hammer – Peer to Peer; Kyree Keels – Unsung Hero; Thomas Mifflin School: Bree Johnson – Peer to Peer; Darrah Green - Unsung Hero; Lower Merion High School: Sylvia Coopersmith – Peer to Peer; Maya Tiob - Unsung Hero; Roxborough High School: Alliyah Maxwell – Peer to Peer; Shakuwra Read more

 

DeLissio recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

(Jun 15, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 15 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., released the following statement on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which is observed annually on June 15. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was established by a resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2011. The resolution was taken up to recognize that by 2050, more than 20 percent of the world’s population will be 60 years old or older and to call attention to the deeply concerning situations many older persons face throughout the world. “It is important to continue to raise awareness against the physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse of our older adults in Pennsylvania and elsewhere,” DeLissio said. “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day assists in ensuring that this issue continues to receive the attention it needs to safeguard and put in place protections against potential abuse. “Elder abuse is a preventable crime and with the assistance of public officials, private health care providers, and concerned citizens working together, proper attention can be given to the prevention of and to the provision of services when appropriate. “Today, more than ever, our older adults are being targeted by telemarketers and scammers or being abused by some caregivers, even their own family members. As an advocate for good long-term care policy and as a former professional in the field of senior care and services, I am committed Read more

 

DeLissio supports PennDOT Henry Avenue Highway Safety Improvement Plan

(Jun 12, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, June 9 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., released today the following update regarding improvements along Henry Avenue. The Pennsylvania Transportation Department's Highway Safety Improvement Project for Henry Avenue was initiated in 2012 by PennDOT and is a safety study paid for with federal funds. The study has included community involvement, and the outcome of the study is a number of recommendations for traffic calming measures to influence and encourage a decrease in speed. The study is in two segments; one segment, also known as SIP, runs from Port Royal Avenue to the Wissahickon Creek Bridge and the second segment, known as SI2, is from that bridge to Abbottsford Road. PennDOT met with civic associations in 2012 and 2013 to get input from the community and held a public meeting in September 2014. The input from citizens has been incorporated into the safety improvement design. “There are many reasons to become involved with a civic association, and this is a major one,” DeLissio said. “Input from residents is crucial to inform the decisions made in our community. “In fact, I hosted three additional meetings to the PennDOT meetings to give the community further opportunity for review and input. At both the Oct. 8, 2015 and Feb. 11, 2016 meetings, PennDOT staff, the city Streets Department, local and state law enforcement and the city councilman’s office were all in attendance. At these Read more

 

DeLissio supports legislation to unify 4 state agencies into 1 new agency

(Jun 09, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, June 9 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio said that she is eager for action on a plan to consolidate four health and human service departments into a newly formed Pennsylvania Department of Health and Human Services. The plan is a core component of Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget for 2017-2018. House Bill 1000 is the implementing legislation, and DeLissio said she is proud to be listed second as a co-sponsor of this legislation. House Bill 1000 would unify the departments of Aging, Drug and Alcohol Programs, Health, and Human Services into one new Department of Health and Human Services. Teresa Miller, the current insurance commissioner, has been named the secretary designee of the proposed new agency. “The delivery of services, particularly to our older adult citizens, will benefit from this unification as there will be one agency to handle the myriad of services often used by seniors, who now have to make contact with no less than two to three agencies to obtain the services that they need,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “I have attended a number of hearings on the unification effort and have been present at other presentations and meetings on this topic. All of the details are still being discussed, but the framework is in place and the concept has tremendous merit.” DeLissio said that in addition to delivering services in a more easy-to-navigate agency after the unification is complete, the costs of operating Read more

 

DeLissio to host state budget town hall June 15

(Jun 02, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, June 2 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will host her 65 th Town Hall Meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 15 in the Abbottsford Community Center at 3226 McMichael St. in Philadelphia, 19129. The meeting, which is open to all constituents, will focus on the 2017-18 state budget as well as legislation making its way through the General Assembly in Harrisburg. The state budget is due June 30, and work to pass it timely increases in Harrisburg throughout June. “As we approach the final days of negotiating the 2017-18 state budget, come and find out which legislative initiatives are being given priority status, and which ones are affecting our neighborhoods,” DeLissio said. “Whether this is your first town hall or one of many, come join the conversation to better understand and share your thoughts on how our tax dollars should be spent and raised.” The community center is handicap accessible and served by bus routes 32 and R. Read more

 

DeLissio: Real ID bill could impact all Pennsylvanians

(May 11, 2017)

HARRISBURG, May 11 – The state House of Representatives this week significantly altered a Senate bill meant to bring Pennsylvania IDs in line with federal security requirements. To comply with the Federal Real ID Act of 2005, Pennsylvania must repeal its Real ID Non-Participation Act, which passed in 2012. Senate Bill 133, which contained many of the required changes, was amended Monday in the House State Government Committee to rename the 2012 act without repealing it. The amendment was approved along party lines. State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., said that the Senate version, pre-amendment, would comply with the federal requirements, which include permitting citizens to access federal buildings, including military installations, by eventually using an updated driver’s license (Real ID) to be issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. “Pennsylvania needs to demonstrate its willingness to comply with the federal requirements by June 6 of 2017,” DeLissio said. “The federal Department of Homeland Security will then further extend our compliance deadline to ensure that folks can fly commercially as of January 2018 without a passport.” The bill awaits a final vote in the House. If it passes the House, it will need to go back to the Senate for concurrence on changes. “We’ve had ample time to get in line with federal requirements; we are running the risk of impacting Read more

 

DeLissio votes to increase requirements of pharmacy technicians in Pennsylvania

(May 11, 2017)

HARRISBURG, May 11 – A bill that would require pharmacy technicians to register with the State Board of Pharmacy passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives this week, said state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, who voted for the bill. Under H.B. 454, in order to register with the board, pharmacy technicians would have to meet certain requirements such as having a high school diploma, submitting to a criminal-history background check, and completing a board-approved training program. There currently are no state-required training or minimal education requirements for pharmacy technicians. Pharmacy technicians are unlicensed, unregistered employees who are supervised by licensed pharmacists and help fill prescription orders. “When it comes to state oversight on health-care workers, we must act judiciously and in this case, I think House Bill 454 accomplishes that goal,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “These individuals are tasked with working with medications, including controlled substances, and are charged with helping ensure that citizens receive the correct medications and in correct amounts.” The bill passed the House 176-16. It now is with the Senate for consideration. “This legislation has been introduced in each session since 2007 and did pass the House last session, but was not considered in the Senate,” DeLissio said. “Hopefully, the Senate will take up this legislation this session.” Read more

 

DeLissio supports bill expanding treatment options for Lyme disease patients

(May 11, 2017)

HARRISBURG, May 11 – State Rep. Pamela DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., announced her support during a Health Committee vote, for H.B. 174 , which would permit health care practitioners to prescribe long-term antibiotic therapies for a patient with Lyme disease or related tick-borne illness. The bill also would require insurance companies to cover treatment plans for these conditions regardless if that plan includes short-term or long-term antibiotics. “This bill provides patients and health care professionals another tool to combat Lyme disease, a disease every county in the Commonwealth is at high risk of having exposure to,” DeLissio said. “Patients should be able to focus on treatment and recovery, not worrying about whether their health insurance will cover the treatment they need.” Currently, the Centers for Disease Control recommends 30 days of antibiotics and insurance companies are not required to cover the cost of treatment after that, considering it experimental. Under H.B. 174, coverage of longer-term antibiotic treatment would not be denied solely because the treatment may be characterized as unproven, experimental or investigational in nature for the treatment of Lyme disease and related tick-borne illnesses. “When nearly half of Lyme cases don’t respond to short-term antibiotic treatment, it’s time to seek out and offer new treatment options without bankrupting those in Read more

 

DeLissio: We Need Fair Redistricting

(May 10, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Pam DeLissio joined the Fair Districts PA coalition and various legislators at a Capitol rally urging support for state legislative and congressional redistricting reform. Read more

 

DeLissio’s May 15 Policy Pow-Wow to focus on child sex-abuse statute of limitations, gun control

(May 04, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, May 4 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will host her next Policy Pow-Wow from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, May 15 in her district office, 6511 Ridge Ave. The informal roundtable-style discussion will be on legislation related to the statute of limitations reform bill that would eliminate the criminal statute and expand the civil statute on future child sex crimes, and gun control legislation. Space is limited, so RSVPs are requested, which can be made by calling 215-482-8726 . “As I endeavor to continue my commitment to dialogue with constituents of the 194th Legislative District, I hope residents will find this format inviting and casual,” DeLissio said. “It is a pleasure sharing information with constituents, as well as learning from attendees.” Sara Stroman from Manayunk, who attended DeLissio’s Policy Pow Wow in April, said, “These Pow Wows provide a great opportunity to learn more about and give input on the policies that our state government is proposing. I appreciate that Pam actively and proactively seeks input from her constituents to aid in shaping her thinking on the issues.” The Policy Pow-Wows are BYOB – alcoholic or non-alcoholic. Light refreshments will be provided. Read more

 

DeLissio announces May 17 town hall to focus on Henry Avenue, state update

(May 04, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, May 4 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio will host her 64th town hall at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 17. Included in the town hall will be an update on the Transportation Department's Highway Safety Project for Henry Avenue that was initiated in 2012. “As a result of two community meetings hosted by my office, on October 8, 2015 and February 11, 2016, there is news to share from PennDOT regarding a timeline for safety improvements,” DeLissio said. “It is awesome to see the power of community input work to improve the conditions around us.” Other state legislative priorities also will be discussed, including an update on the state budget that is due on June 30. The town hall will be held in the Cook Wissahickon Elementary School Cafeteria, 201 E. Salaignac St., 19128. State legislative priorities and the state budget also will be discussed during the town hall. DeLissio’s town halls continue to attract constituents from all corners of the district and at each town hall about half the participants are attending their first town hall. As a first-time attendee at DeLissio’s April town hall meeting, Ruth Dubb from Bala Cynwyd said, “It was my first time at a town hall and it definitely will not be my last. I found it thorough, straightforward and informative. I was also impressed with how DeLissio respects civil discourse, as she does not represent one point of view and we should all be interested in Read more

 

DeLissio: Bill won’t help municipalities protect citizens

(May 04, 2017)

HARRISBURG, May 4 – State Rep. Pamela DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., expressed concern that legislation passed by the House last week would make it easier for people and organizations to sue municipalities and leave taxpayers with the bill. DeLissio voted against H.B. 671 , which would give standing to almost anyone, regardless of adverse impact, to sue municipalities that have taken steps to protect their own citizens from gun abuse and violence. The bill would put municipalities on the hook for legal expenses if the plaintiff is successful, but would not require those taking legal action to cover expenses if the defendant, meaning the municipality, prevails. “Local government officials would be forced to weigh measures they believe protect their citizens versus the possibility of being sued. The bill would prevent municipal officials from doing what they believe is best for their communities and instead would put more power into the hands of those who would choose to sue including membership organizations that are based outside of Pennsylvania,” said DeLissio, who is vice chair of the PA SAFE Caucus, a group of legislators dedicated to reducing all types of violence in the community. House Bill 671 passed 134-53 and was forwarded to the Senate for consideration. “Instead of making it easier for lawsuits to bankrupt our towns, we should be working on real ways to reduce all types of violence, including gun violence,” DeLissio said. At Read more

 

DeLissio proud to support bill strengthening animal abuse laws

(May 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, May 3 – State Rep. Pamela DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., voted last week in favor of House Bill 1238 , a bill strengthening Pennsylvania’s animal cruelty laws. This bill passed the House with a vote of 167-20. “H.B.1238 gives voice and rights for animals who provide us companionship and service, but can’t speak for themselves,” DeLissio said. “I thank the bi-partisan group of legislators who joined me in bringing their voice to pass this bill.” H.B. 1238, among other reforms, includes Libre’s Law, which would make animal abuse a felony in the Commonwealth. Libre, a Boston terrier rescued from a Lancaster County farm after weeks of severe neglect, joined animal rights activists and other animals last week to rally and encourage state legislators to pass the bill. “This would not have been possible without the efforts of animal lovers and their furry friends from across the Commonwealth working together to push for these reforms,” DeLissio said. “Thank you to everyone who advocated for this bill in Harrisburg and in their communities. With your continued efforts I am optimistic Pennsylvania will finally join 47 other states in making animal abuse a felony. It is documented that abusers of animals are five times as likely to harm humans and by making animal abuse a felony we are hopefully preventing harm to people by these same abusers.” H.B. 1238 now heads Read more

 

DeLissio frustrated in charter bill vote

(Apr 28, 2017)

HARRISBURG, April 28 – State Rep. Pamela DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., expressed disappointment with a House vote to approve a less than comprehensive reform bill to update the 20-year-old charter school law. DeLissio opposed House Bill 97 , which passed Tuesday by a vote of 108 to 84 and has been forwarded to the Senate for consideration. The bill mandates the addition of three board members to the current seven-person Charter School Appeal Board, and it will also create a Charter School Funding Advisory Commission to explore funding issues related to charter school entities and make recommendations to the General Assembly and the governor. The bill also creates a standard student-enrollment application. “The legislation does not adequately address flaws in the law that require school districts to pay cyber charter schools far more than the actual cost of educating students, and it doesn’t hold charter schools to the same standards of accountability and transparency as traditional public schools,” DeLissio said. “Additionally, it will create a system for evaluating students, teachers and administrators at charters that would be less rigorous than the system used in traditional public schools, making it challenging to compare strengths in relation to opportunities and outcomes between charters and traditional schools. “Charter school law needs reform, but H.B. 97 fails to provide the direction and opportunity Read more

 

DeLissio votes for bill allowing lottery-win intercepts in Pennsylvania

(Apr 27, 2017)

DeLissio votes for bill allowing lottery-win intercepts in Pennsylvania HARRISBURG, April 27 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio on Monday voted in favor of a bill that would allow the state to intercept lottery winnings from individuals who owe back state taxes, back child support or victim restitution. House Bill 674 would require the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue to conduct a background check on any person who wins more than $2,500 in the Pennsylvania Lottery to determine if the individual owes such money. Any amount owed will be deducted from any winnings and remitted to the state. When both back child support and back taxes are owed, the child support obligation will be given first priority. “This is a reasonable approach to ensuring that a person who receives a winning hand fulfills their obligations to anyone they legally owe,” DeLissio said. “I’m proud to have supported the bill and look forward to quick action in the Senate so that the governor can sign this bill and get children, victims , and the state , money that is rightfully owed.” Read more

 

DeLissio announces April 29 shredding event

(Apr 21, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, April 20 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will hold a free shredding event for residents of the 194 th Legislative District from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 29, in the lot behind the Magisterial District Court, 925 Montgomery Ave. in Narberth (it is located next to Staples). Availability is on a first-come basis. Shredding will take place at the designated time or until the truck is full. 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. This is a rain or shine event, and all shredding will be done on site. Shredded paper will be recycled. For more information, constituents can call DeLissio’s office at 215-482-8726. Read more

 

DeLissio’s 'Policy Pow Wow' draws engaged community members

(Apr 20, 2017)

HARRISBURG, April 20 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio (D-Montgomery/Phila.) held meaningful conversations on legislative issues with constituents during her recent “Policy Pow Wow,” held in her district office. The Pow-Wow format allows for a deep and balanced look at policy issues. About 20 people gathered April 12 for discussion on two subjects: Senate Bill 10, known as the Municipal Sanctuary and Federal Enforcement (SAFE) Act, which is related to the issue of sanctuary cities in Pennsylvania. Senate Bill 3, the Pain Capable/Dismemberment Legislation, one of the strictest abortion-ban laws in the country. “I was happy to hear from constituents interested in both of the subjects,” DeLissio said. “Those who attended were genuinely interested in understanding all points of view and understanding the process that has gotten the legislation to this point. My primary concern about the process is that no hearings were held in the Senate and no hearings are scheduled in the House on either of these bills. I’m glad I could host this event to help my constituents better understand what is happening in Harrisburg.” Several attendees said they appreciated the opportunity to listen, share and learn. “Conversation on these two topics was informative, lively and very timely,” said John Gray of Roxborough. Sara Stroman, from Manayunk, said, “I think these policy Pow Wows are fantastic and that Read more

 

DeLissio In Favor of Agency Consolidation

(Apr 20, 2017)

Could we have avoided a #cluckfuster with a consolidation? My comments at Monday’s hearing of the House Committees of Aging and Health & Human Services on the consolidation of 4 Commonwealth agencies. Read more

 

DeLissio participates in PA Blue Ribbon Champion for Kids ceremony

(Apr 13, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, April 13 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., participated in the PA Blue Ribbon Champion for Kids award ceremony April 5 in the Capitol to recognize Child Abuse Awareness Month. The PA Blue Ribbon Champion for Kids award recognizes those who have been instrumental in protecting children in the commonwealth with the goal of heightening awareness of the role each Pennsylvanian plays in safeguarding children from abuse and neglect. DeLissio had the honor of nominating one of the award recipients, Sarah Pesi, who was recognized for helping to craft and advocate for state legislation that expanded protection of abuse orders to cover people who are less than acquainted with their abusers. Before the legislation was signed into law in 2014, a PFA could only be applied to a relative or current/former intimate partner. Sarah, at age 12, was stalked and harassed by an adult coach while she was a youth referee and was shocked to learn that she could not file for a PFA under her circumstances. She spent her time researching other states’ laws and eventually was successful in lobbying the commonwealth to pass a law that covered her situation, and hundreds, if not thousands, of other Pennsylvanians’ circumstances. “Sarah is a remarkable young lady and when this nomination opportunity arose, she immediately came to mind,” said DeLissio, who met her through the Women and Girl’s Foundation’s Girl Gov Read more

 

DeLissio proposal to post ChildLine number in hospitals voted affirmatively
Jul 08, 2017

DeLissio announces 2016-17 Peer to Peer, Unsung Hero awards
Jun 16, 2017

DeLissio recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Jun 15, 2017

DeLissio supports PennDOT Henry Avenue Highway Safety Improvement Plan
Jun 12, 2017

DeLissio supports legislation to unify 4 state agencies into 1 new agency
Jun 09, 2017

DeLissio to host state budget town hall June 15
Jun 02, 2017

DeLissio: Real ID bill could impact all Pennsylvanians
May 11, 2017

DeLissio votes to increase requirements of pharmacy technicians in Pennsylvania
May 11, 2017

DeLissio supports bill expanding treatment options for Lyme disease patients
May 11, 2017

DeLissio: We Need Fair Redistricting
May 10, 2017

DeLissio’s May 15 Policy Pow-Wow to focus on child sex-abuse statute of limitations, gun control
May 04, 2017

DeLissio announces May 17 town hall to focus on Henry Avenue, state update
May 04, 2017

DeLissio: Bill won’t help municipalities protect citizens
May 04, 2017

DeLissio proud to support bill strengthening animal abuse laws
May 03, 2017

DeLissio frustrated in charter bill vote
Apr 28, 2017

DeLissio votes for bill allowing lottery-win intercepts in Pennsylvania
Apr 27, 2017

DeLissio announces April 29 shredding event
Apr 21, 2017

DeLissio’s 'Policy Pow Wow' draws engaged community members
Apr 20, 2017

DeLissio In Favor of Agency Consolidation
Apr 20, 2017

DeLissio participates in PA Blue Ribbon Champion for Kids ceremony
Apr 13, 2017