DeLissio to hold follow-up meeting regarding safety on Henry Avenue

(Jan 29, 2016)

State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will host a follow-up meeting regarding safety and speeding on Henry Avenue at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 in the Wolcoff Auditorium at Roxborough Memorial Hospital, 5800 Ridge Ave. Free parking is available in the Jamestown parking lot on Jamestown Avenue. Representatives from PennDOT, Philadelphia Streets Department, City Councilman Curtis Jones’ office, and local and state law enforcement agencies will attend. Also on the agenda for discussion is the Walnut Lane Bridge closure, which is slated for April 1 and expected to last six months. Read more

 

Hundreds of DeLissio constituents participate in Tele-Town Hall

(Jan 29, 2016)

State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio’s Tele-Town Hall, conducted over the phone on Jan. 21, reached hundreds of constituents. The call’s recipients listened in, asked questions, and participated in four opinion polls. Read more

 

DeLissio describes efforts to raise awareness of human trafficking in Pa.

(Jan 29, 2016)

State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., on Wednesday in the state Capitol discussed her support of H.R. 634, which designates January 2016 as “National Human Trafficking Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania. The resolution is traditionally called for a vote on the last day of session before the Super Bowl, because it is documented that trafficking increases around large events held in urban areas such as the NFL championship game. Law enforcement is also expected to be vigilant at the upcoming Democratic and Republican national conventions for the same reasons. Read more

 

DeLissio: Bill Impacts Go Too Far

(Jan 27, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Pamela DeLissio explains her House State Government Committee vote against Senate Bill 501, so-called paycheck-protection legislation, during a committee meeting held Jan. 26, 2016 in the state Capitol in Harrisburg. She says that in addition to the committee not having enough time to fully vet the bill, the bill also fails to clarify differences among organizations that would be affected by it. She explained that she negotiated union contractors as an employer and permitted United Way contributions, for example, to be deducted from paychecks. Read more

 

DeLissio Promotes Human Trafficking Awareness Month

(Jan 27, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Pamela DeLissio discusses her support of House Resolution 634, which designates January 2016 as "National Human Trafficking Awareness Month" in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

DeLissio Competes in Cow Milking Contest

(Jan 21, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Pam DeLissio took part in the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show milking contest. Rep. DeLissio explains how the fun of the Farm Show and the milking contest actually means serious business for Pennsylvania. Read more

 

WB Saul Competes at PA Farm Show

(Jan 19, 2016)

Students from the W.B. Saul High School in Philadelphia traveled to Harrisburg with animals in tow to compete at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. We talked with four seniors to see how the school and the Farm Show help prepare them for life on and off the farm. Read more

 

DeLissio applauds Cathedral Village residents’ civic engagement on gun safety

(Jan 14, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 14 – Copies of over 100 handwritten letters in support of gun safety measures were given to state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio the same week President Barack Obama announced a group of executive actions to reduce gun violence. Letters were written in early December by residents of Cathedral Village and sent to members of the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee urging a yes vote on H.B. 1010. DeLissio is not a member of the House Judiciary Committee but she was an early co-sponsor and supporter of the bill since its inception. “This important legislation would close the one remaining loophole in gun-sale purchases that allows for the sale of long guns between private sellers without a background check,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “Additionally, this legislation would permit the issuance of a single background check approval that would remain valid for 48 hours for use at gun shows across the commonwealth.” Residents David and Peggy Bruton personally delivered copies of the letters to DeLissio on Jan. 7. “The story about how this action came about is a reminder that one person can make a difference,” DeLissio said. A 100-year-old resident, Isabelle Woodrow, encouraged the Cathedral Village Community Support Committee to organize a letter-writing campaign to those members of the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee who had yet to co-sponsor the legislation. Forty-seven residents showed up to participate in the letter-writing activity, which produce Read more

 

DeLissio Opposes "Out-of-Whack" Process, Priorities

(Jan 13, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Pam DeLissio voices her frustration over the House GOP Leadership's "out-of-whack" budget process, placing a priority on non-preferred education spending over the core responsibility of basic education funding and support of the Pa. State System of High Education. Read more

 

DeLissio, Wissahickon civic group help facilitate billboard removal

(Jan 08, 2016)

Following seven months of effort, a double billboard has been removed from the Wissahickon Train Station thanks to the help of state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., and the Wissahickon Interested Citizens Civic Association (WICA). In May 2015, WICA contacted DeLissio to seek assistance to have the billboard at the Wissahickon Train Station removed. The train station had been spruced up within the past several years, and Ridge Avenue from Main Street west was getting a critical review as the neighbors worked to clean up this gateway to the neighborhood, DeLissio said. Read more

 

DeLissio: Happy New Year with a not so happy Pa. budget

(Jan 07, 2016)

State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., today released the following statement regarding Pennsylvania’s delayed state budget. "Happy New Year and welcome 2016. The good news is that Pennsylvania’s General Appropriations bill was signed by Gov. Tom Wolf on December 29th. In other news, you will decide if it is good or bad or just news, as the Governor ‘blue lined’ about 100 line items in the budget. Some of the line items were zeroed out in their entirety, while other line items were reduced from the amount in the legislation. Read more

 

Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Jan 01, 2016)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more

 

DeLissio: Constituents asking what the heck is happening in Harrisburg

(Dec 18, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 18 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., released the following statement today answering her constituents’ questions about the Pennsylvania budget impasse. She called the past week an “odyssey involving process, policy and, of course, politics” – all in the name of trying to pass a state budget that is more than five months past due. “Quite a few weeks back, the House and Senate Democrats and Republicans and the governor agreed on a framework for the budget,” DeLissio said. “This was indeed progress because as of the time of that agreement, the budget was about four months past due. A reasonable person could assume that with the commitments of all players that there was also a clear understanding that each caucus would be responsible for securing the necessary votes to pass the agreed to framework. The governor’s assistance could be expected, but the governor would not be reasonably expected to be the sole vote getter of votes in the House or Senate. “The framework represented a reasonable compromise between a newly elected governor of the minority party in the General Assembly and the House- and Senate-controlled majority party. Basic education would receive, after four years of diminished resources, a respectable infusion of funding. Human services would begin the longer journey to having many programs’ devastating cuts restored. The anticipated revenue to fund the Read more

 

DeLissio: House inaction today begs budget-mediation question

(Dec 11, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 11 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio today joined fellow Pennsylvania House Democrats in the Capitol to call for work on the budget, as opposed to the day off. "The citizens of the commonwealth have gone 164 days without a state budget for senior services, schools, health services and much, much more," said DeLissio, who represents parts of Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. "It came as a total surprise when the Speaker announced on the House floor yesterday that session was canceled for today. There was no reason offered for the cancelation. This is the third time the session schedule has been interrupted in the past four weeks when the expectation has been that we are in session until the budget is completed. We should be here every day until a budget is enacted, particularly due to the fact that a framework was agreed to by all four caucuses and the governor several weeks ago. It appears that the House Republicans are marching to a drummer that they alone are hearing. "These latest breakdowns toward the goal of a sustainable, fair and equitable budget are indicative of a negotiating body that would benefit from mediation. My recommendation for mediation was sent to the governor and House leaders before Thanksgiving." Read more

 

DeLissio: We Are Here To Work

(Dec 11, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Pam DeLissio says that she and her House Democratic colleagues are in the State Capitol ready to pass a budget and calls upon the House Speaker to bring the House back into session to work until the budget process is complete. Read more

 

DeLissio announces time-sensitive opportunity to open free PA college-savings plan

(Dec 10, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 10 – Pennsylvanians have until Dec. 31 to open a PA529 Savings Account for free, said state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. DeLissio said that pre-paying college costs can help make higher education more affordable by allowing families to begin paying now, at today's tuition rates, and allowing the investments to grow tax-free as long as the money is used for qualified education expenses. They also make great gifts, as anyone can contribute to an account, she added. The Pennsylvania Treasury Department established the PA 529 program to help Pennsylvanians budget for higher education expenses. Currently, the program hosts nearly 200,000 accounts, worth over $3.5 billion. Those who would like to establish an account can enroll a future student in a PA529 Guaranteed Savings Plan online for free through Dec. 31. The offer saves a $50 fee. To take advantage of the offer, use the enrollment code DeLissio . Families can also enter to win a $529 PA 529 account. Those interested can register at PA529.com/contest by Dec. 31. Contributions to accounts can be made through direct deposit, check, bank transfer and other methods. “The earlier you establish an account, the more time it will have to grow,” DeLissio said. “As always, if you have questions or comments on any state-related matter, please contact my office at 215-482-8726.” Read more

 

Workshop to help constituents make plans for future a success

(Dec 04, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 4 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., hosted a workshop on estate matters, covering the topics of living wills, powers of attorney and advanced directives on Thursday. The workshop was attended by over 40 participants. DeLissio was in Harrisburg at the time of the workshop, and in what she called a creative way to connect with her constituents from afar, staff used Facetime to open the presentation with greetings and a budget update from DeLissio. “Using today’s technology allowed me to accomplish the task of being in two places at one time,” said DeLissio, who added that her No. 1 focus is the state budget. Michele Mathes from the Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly guided the conversation with information addressing the “whys” and the “hows” on the importance of preparing documents that allow one to express personal choices regarding medical treatment and giving family members guidance and relieving family members of the burden of making such life and death decisions. “Discussing and addressing these matters regardless of age is essential to being prepared for the unexpected,” DeLissio said. “Many legally complicated cases concerning end-of-life decisions occur not only with older adults but with younger individuals who often do not plan for these circumstances.” DeLissio also said that high-profile cases involving Karen Quinlan Read more

 

DeLissio plans estate matters workshop, open house for December

(Dec 03, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 3 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio will host her second annual open house from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 at her constituent services office, 6511 Ridge Ave. Light refreshments will be served. All constituents in the 194th Legislative District are welcome to attend. “ Our open house last year was lively and fun, with neighbors and friends stopping in to say hello and checking out the services the district office provides,” she said. “It is an 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 will also have the opportunity to find out if the Pennsylvania Treasury has any unclaimed property for you, enter a raffle for a day of shadowing me in Harrisburg, and post a favorite location in the 194th Legislative District on the ‘brag wall.’” Although not necessary, DeLissio said it would be helpful for attendees planning to attend to RSVP her office. To do that or obtain more information, constituents can call DeLissio’s office at 215-482-8726 or email RepDeLissio@pahouse.net . Read more

 

DeLissio urges governor, House leaders to employ mediator for state budget

(Nov 25, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 25 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., announced today that she recently sent a letter to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, House Majority Leader Dave Reed and House Minority Leader Frank Dermody, urging them to use the services of a mediator to negotiate the state budget. The suggestion is due to DeLissio observing that there appears to be no discernable process working in the current negotiations. In the letter, she wrote, “I am appreciative of the time and effort of everyone over the past five months and it is now time to approach these negotiations differently. “When a negotiation has extended for this period of time, and experiences the ups and downs and twists and turns that have happened over the past five months – and continue today – it seems to me that the assistance of a mediator is warranted.” In her letter, DeLissio recounted that she had consulted a well-regarded retired federal judge who, due to less-than-robust health, offered the name of another well-respected former federal court judge as a potential candidate. This retired judge, known for his intelligent, well-reasoned decisions while on the bench, has mediated more than 1,500 cases. She also noted in the letter that, “Constituents continue to urge me to find that necessary compromise that will address the structural deficit, and fairly and predictably fund public basic education and our critical human Read more

 

DeLissio opposes overreaching police-protection bill

(Nov 19, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 19 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., on Wednesday voted against H.B. 1538, which would prohibit investigators from releasing the name for an indeterminate period of time of a law enforcement officer involved in a shooting or use of force while on the job. “I think the jobs that first responders and police officers do are tremendously important – there’s no discussion about that,” she said. “This discussion is about how best to go about balancing transparency and protection, and House Bill 1538 does not achieve that balance.” DeLissio said that creating a state law to govern all cases would be overreaching and that local law enforcement departmental policies are currently in place to protect officers in those instances where additional concerns for safety are identified. Local law enforcement makes such decisions every day and has the ability to take into consideration many extenuating factors, she added. “Our law enforcement officers deserve first-rate protection in the course of performing their duties, and thankfully those policies exist,” DeLissio said. “They exist because we entrust our law enforcement community to use their professional judgement when determining the appropriate level of protection in cases involving a shooting or use of force. Since these policies and procedures are currently in place, it is not appropriate for legislators to make a blanket Read more