East Falls Now Article: Single Payer is the Cure

(Dec 01, 2021)

If ever there was a situation that emphasized the need to disconnect health care from employment, it is right now. When COVID-19 created layoffs and terminations of employment for thousands of citizens, it also took away their health insurance. Many of our family, friends, and neighbors were put in jeopardy because their health insurance was tied to their employment situation. Healthcare is a right and not a privilege. How can it be otherwise? To better care for our citizens, I will be introducing my single payer health care bill. This is the 3rd time I am introducing the Pennsylvania Health Care Plan (PHCP). The co-sponsorship memo will be circulated in December with an introduction of the legislation after the first of the year. I have reserved bill number HB2144. The PHCP is the proverbial ‘cure’ for this situation. The PHCP uses a single payer plan to provide universal health coverage (UHC). According to the World Health Organization, “UHC means that all people and communities can use the promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative health services they need, of sufficient quality to be effective, while also ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship.” What a concept - a system to ensure that citizens are not going financially bankrupt to stay healthy. UHC is offered by 32 industrialized nations with the earliest adoption in 1912 by Norway and the latest in 1995 by Read more


East Falls Local Article: Where Have All the Voters Gone

(Dec 01, 2021)

The turnout in Philadelphia County for the November 2 general election was a dismal, disappointing, and frankly depressing 21.8%. And that is 21.8% of registered voters, not 21.8% of all eligible voters. This is in juxtaposition to the historic expansion to voting seen in Pennsylvania with the introduction of mail-ballots. In October 2019, I was 1 of 2 Democratic members, (out of 10 total on this committee) on the State Government Committee who voted to update our arcane election code to include mail-in ballots. When that bill was voted on final passage, I was 1 of 33 Democrats who voted in the affirmative to allow citizens to use mail-in ballots. Many of the colleagues in my caucus voted nay because this same bill eliminated straight ticket voting. Pennsylvania, at the time, was 1 of about 8 states that even permitted the practice of straight ticket voting. For me, the prospect of expanding the voting franchise by making it easier to vote far outweighed eliminating straight ticket voting. Citizens should deliberatively and deliberately vote for each office on a ballot. They should cast their vote knowing who is running for an office versus punching one button to blindly vote. I’d wager many citizens are not accustomed to mail-in voting, considering that mail-in voting is barely 2 years old. It was first used in the 2020 primary election and has been used in the 3 elections since that time. We need to continue to inform our friends, neighbors, and family that Read more


Children and Youth November 2021 Newsletter

(Nov 29, 2021)

Read the latest news from the House Children and Youth Committee. Read more


WATCH: 112th Town Hall Meeting

(Nov 23, 2021)

The Philadelphia Parking Authority and the Share Food Program gave presentations. Read more


E-BLAST: Town Hall Monday the 22nd; Supporting the district with grants; Why PA scores a 0

(Nov 19, 2021)

Please join me for my 112th Town Hall meeting, which will be held virtually at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22. Read more


DeLissio announces grants for local projects

(Nov 19, 2021)

State Rep. Pam DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., announced the awarding of two state grants to support projects that will invest in community safety. Read more


DeLissio: PA Scores Zero on Fairness

(Nov 16, 2021)

PA State Rep. Pam DeLissio states that PA scores 0 for fairness. Here are her remarks on the house floor in reference to procedural moves regarding amendments on SB565. That bill would allow citizens to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. These procedural machinations that happen are an example of why she focuses much work on process changes that will ensure fairness. Without reforms, it doesn’t matter how often good policy is introduced. Read more


DeLissio to host 112th Town Hall virtually Nov. 22

(Nov 09, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 9 – State Rep. Pam DeLissio will hold her 112 th Town Hall meeting virtually at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22. Representatives from the Philadelphia Parking Authority and the Share Food Program will give presentations, and DeLissio will give an update on the work of the House Children and Youth Committee, of which she is minority chair. “During my time in office, I have attended many civic association meetings and the Philadelphia Parking Authority is often mentioned. This is a great opportunity for constituents to learn the responsibilities of this state-related agency and to provide feedback to the PPA,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. DeLissio also commented that the Share Food Program is headquartered in the 194 th District and, in addition to hearing about the important work of this organization, Share will also let friends and neighbors know how constituents can access senior food boxes. “This will be my 20 th Town Hall meeting held virtually since the pandemic began. The online format continues to be a great way to keep in touch with my constituents and share important information,” said DeLissio. The meeting will be held over Zoom and livestreamed to DeLissio’s Facebook page . To participate through Zoom, those interested must register using this link . After registration, Zoom login information will be sent. Constituents may also Read more


E-BLAST: Shred Event – Sunday, 11/14; Town Hall – Monday 11/22; Full-time or part-time legislature?

(Nov 05, 2021)

Dear Neighbor,The discussion periodically arises as to whether Pennsylvania should have a full-time or part-time legislature. Read more


East Falls NOW Article: A Win for Bipartisanship

(Nov 01, 2021)

Along the way I have mentioned my involvement in several initiatives over the years to change and reform how the General Assembly and/or the House chamber conducts business. Read more


East Falls Local Article: Working Across The Aisle

(Nov 01, 2021)

The atmosphere in the state Capitol is partisan too often. A mentality of Them vs. Us. The majority party vs. the minority party. Democrats vs. Republicans. Read more


E-BLAST: Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 2; Free shred events Oct. 30 and Nov. 14

(Oct 28, 2021)



Children and Youth October 2021 Newsletter

(Oct 27, 2021)

Read the latest news from the House Children and Youth Committee Read more


DeLissio to host free shredding events Oct. 30, Nov. 14

(Oct 21, 2021)

State Rep. Pam DeLissio will host free shredding events on Oct. 30 and Nov. 14 to help constituents safely dispose of unneeded documents. Read more


WATCH: 111th Town Hall Meeting

(Oct 15, 2021)

Topics included vote by mail and the upcoming municipal election. Read more


E-BLAST: Town Hall meeting tomorrow at 7 p.m.; Shred Event Saturday October 16

(Oct 13, 2021)

Town Hall meeting tomorrow at 7 p.m.; Shred Event Saturday October 16 Read more


DeLissio to host two free shred events in October

(Oct 08, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 8 – State Rep. Pam DeLissio will host two free shred events this month to help constituents safely dispose of unneeded documents. The events will be held as follows: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Magisterial District Court Parking Lot, 925 Montgomery Ave., Narberth 19072. 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Main Street Movie Theatre Parking Lot, 3720-40 Main St., Manayunk 19127. “ Shredding personal papers helps to protect sensitive information and prevent identity theft,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “I’m pleased to offer this event for my community and invite residents of the 194 th District to attend one or both of these events.” There is a limit of four paper 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 truck is full. Shredding is done on-site, and all shredded paper will be recycled. These events are rain or shine. Plastic bags or cardboard boxes, after the contents are shredded, will be returned to the constituent. Common types of unwanted items for shredding include credit card statements or applications, bank and investment Read more


DeLissio to host 111th Town Hall virtually Oct. 14

(Oct 08, 2021)

Topics will include the status of vote by mail, the ongoing discussions about additional election code-related changes and the recent subpoena issued to the Department of State by the Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee requesting information related to the voting records of PA residents. DeLissio will be joined by Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt. Read more


E-BLAST: New Role, Significant Impact; Town Hall October 14th at 7pm on Voting & Elections

(Oct 07, 2021)

Dear Neighbor,At the beginning of the year, I announced that I anticipated being appointed as a minority chair of a House standing committee. Read more


111th Town Hall

(Oct 04, 2021)

Topics to be determined. Read more