DeLissio plans estate matters workshop, open house for December

(Nov 19, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 19 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio will host her second annual open house from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at her constituent services office, 6511 Ridge Ave. Light refreshments will be served. All constituents in the 194th 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 . Read more


DeLissio Opposes Overreaching Police-Protection Bill

(Nov 19, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery, on Nov. 18, 2015 voted against House Bill 1538, which would prohibit investigators from releasing the name of a law-enforcement officer involved in a shooting or use of force. She said that creating a law would be overreaching and that departmental protections are already in place to protect officers on a case-by-case basis. Read more


DeLissio November town hall set for Thursday, Nov. 19

(Nov 13, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 13 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., plans to hold her 52 nd town hall at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 in the Community Room at Falls Ridge Senior Housing, 4349 Ridge Ave. The community room can be accessed via Merrick Road into the parking lot behind East River Bank. In the event that the state House is in session through the end of next week, the meeting will be rescheduled for a later date. DeLissio will inform constituents of any postponement through a phone call, with an email, and on her Facebook and Twitter sites. DeLissio said town hall discussion will include the recently committee-approved legislation for the merit selection of Pennsylvania appellate judges – a topic she said is timely, given that expenditures in the recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court race topped $15 million. DeLissio has recently introduced legislation proposing the PA Health Care Plan, which is a single-payer system that will have no co-pays, deductibles or premiums. That plan will be discussed during the town hall, as well. Discussion will also include the state legislature’s continued efforts to set mandatory minimum sentences, thus prohibiting judges from considering circumstances on a case-by-case basis, DeLissio said. “I am committed to holding town hall meetings to engage and dialogue with my constituents,” DeLissio said. “The meetings are held in different parts of the district and at different Read more


DeLissio outlines minutes from fourth Town and Gown meeting on student life

(Nov 13, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 13 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., facilitated her fourth meeting with a coalition of universities comprising St. Joseph’s, Philadelphia, Temple and LaSalle – as well as representatives of civic associations in the 194th Legislative District – to discuss liquor control enforcement as it pertains to students who attend the universities and frequent bars and neighborhoods in the 194th. The goal of the group, also known as the Town and Gown Coalition, is to address the needs of the community and the universities regarding responsible drinking by students, and to identify ways to encourage students to be responsible neighbors as students on and off campus. “It was encouraging to hear the progress that the universities have made to educate and orient students to drinking responsibly and being good neighbors in the community,” DeLissio said. “Although not without incident, representatives of the civics present indicated that it has been a relatively quiet fall semester and reinforced their willingness to participate with the universities in such programs as the off-campus housing fairs. The civics also indicated that they would again publish contact information so that their members could address concerns directly with the St. Joe’s University Office of Public Safety and the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement.” Also included in the coalition are representatives of the 5th and Read more


DeLissio: Pa. Supreme Court tilt should not lead to familiar redistricting hijinks

(Nov 06, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 6 – Following this week’s election in Pennsylvania, which saw three new Democratic judges voted to the state Supreme Court, state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., wants to ensure that the pendulum of redistricting power does not swing into any one party’s favor. “As a state legislator I am very familiar with the redistricting process, and my first thought is to remain hopeful that the new majority of Democratic judges helps legislative majorities break from what has become the unfortunate tradition of gerrymandering our state Senate and House districts in Pennsylvania,” she said. When Tuesday’s election results are certified, Pennsylvania will have five Democratic judges on the Supreme Court, to two Republicans. The state Supreme Court historically wields great influence on the approval of redistricted legislative maps that are updated each decade in concert with the U.S. Census. “In a perfect world, all politics would be removed from redistricting and a number of legislative initiatives have been proposed to accomplish just that,” DeLissio said, “but as we’ve seen in sessions past, this legislation does not even get a hearing let alone a vote. Many could argue successfully that there are few remaining politically competitive districts across Pennsylvania and that the lack of fairly drawn districts is eroding the political process in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C. Read more


DeLissio to introduce legislation to offer health care plan options

(Oct 29, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 29 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., announced she plans on introducing legislation next week that would provide health care coverage in Pennsylvania at a lower cost with freedom to choose health care providers. The legislation will be H.B. 1688 after it is introduced. DeLissio said her Pennsylvania Health Care Plan sets out a blueprint of bold steps that would result in a healthier citizenry without the burden of co-pays, deductibles, premiums or concern about networks. This legislation is possible because the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act 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 the option for the states to innovate becomes available in 2017, DeLissio said. "This legislation improves upon our current health care system by preserving the private practice of medicine and the right of patients to choose their health care providers," DeLissio said. "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." "A significant benefit to Plan participants is knowing definitively their healthcare cost exposure for the year." DeLissio added the Pennsylvania Health Care Plan would be supported by Read more


DeLissio’s Achieving Financial Wellness Workshop is Thursday, Nov. 5

(Oct 28, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 28 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, Montgomery/Phila., will host an Achieving Financial Wellness Workshop at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5 in the Wolcoff Auditorium at the Roxborough Memorial Hospital, 5800 Ridge Ave. in Philadelphia 19128. “Are you on the path to financial wellness? Are you meeting your budgeting goals? Do credit scores baffle you? Come to my Achieving Financial Wellness Workshop on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, at 7 p.m. in the Wolcoff Auditorium at the Roxborough Memorial Hospital, 5800 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia 19128,” she said. A representative of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) will be presenting on the topics of Budgeting and Establishing Financial Priorities, and the difference between good debt and bad debt. The workshop will focus on practical everyday tips and ideas that many households will find useful. DeLissio said the workshop is intended for everyone who would like to get more out of their money, regardless of income level. Although it is not necessary, it would be helpful for planning purposes if interested attendees RSVP by contacting DeLissio’s office at 215-482-8726. Read more


DeLissio: Criminal-record expungement bill would lift hiring opportunities

(Oct 28, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 28 – Legislation that would allow Pennsylvanians to expunge second- and third-degree misdemeanors from their criminal records is vital in giving people a better chance for success in the job market, thus helping the economy, said state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, who voted for the measure. Language that would allow criminal-record expungement in certain situations passed the House of Representatives on Tuesday as part of an amended Senate bill. The expungement language was a compromise among legislators and inserted into Sen. Stewart Greenleaf’s S.B. 166 in an amendment offered by state Rep. Ron Marsico. “People make mistakes when they're young, and it often destroys their chance many years later to get a job or start a career,” she said. “Not only does that unnecessarily punish the person, but it diminishes Pennsylvania’s economic output when it keeps otherwise good people from jobs they could perform well in.” S.B. 166 , as amended, would allow a person convicted of a third- or second-degree misdemeanor to request the opportunity to appear before a judge and ask for an order for limited access of their criminal record if at least 10 years have passed since they completed their sentence. Criminal-justice and government agencies would not be subject to the order for limited access, and they would still be able to see a person’s entire criminal record. All violent offenses punishable by Read more


Pa. plan for merit-based judge selections clears House Judiciary Committee

(Oct 22, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 22 – Legislation to replace the current process of voting for politically backed appellate judges in Pennsylvania with a merit-selection system was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, said state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, an early co-sponsor of the bill. DeLissio said that House Bill 1336 is necessary to end the current practice of judicial candidates campaigning – and the need to raise campaign funds to mount such judicial races – and to provide the means to select judges based on merit. Under the bill, merit selection would employ a bipartisan citizens’ nominating commission of lawyers and non-lawyers selected by elected officials to review applicants’ qualifications and recommend a short list to the governor for nomination. After Senate confirmation, a judge would sit for four years and then voters would determine if the judge serves an additional 10-year term. "Merit selection for judges has been a topic that has interested me for many years," said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. "I’ve always been fascinated on Election Day when judges are up for election, whether it’s the primary or the general election, and I – as a fairly astute voter – would scramble to try to understand what their backgrounds and credentials and qualifications are and look for the bar recommendations and to understand who I was voting for, but it’s very difficult for voters to find the Read more


DeLissio reminds constituents of services offered in district office

(Oct 22, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 22 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio outlined today the services and assistance that can be provided at her constituent services office at 6511 Ridge Ave. The office is at the epicenter of the 194th Legislative District, no more than about 3 miles from any district border, with plenty of free parking, she said. The office is served by the 9 and 35 SEPTA bus routes. A map of the district can be found at . "My role as state representative is to ensure that constituents of the 194th are represented in the law-making process in Harrisburg," said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. "The laws that are passed – or not passed – affect our everyday lives. While my focus is on being the best legislator I can be, my district staff strive to be the best at delivering constituent services. "Leza Perkins, Merle Zucker and Jen Wallace handle both the mundane as well as the more stressful challenges of ensuring that state government is meeting constituents’ needs." DeLissio said that if a constituent’s matter is related to local or federal government, her office will make a referral to the appropriate office. "We strive to provide a welcoming, informative, and pleasant experience in helping constituents to untangle and address a variety of state-related issues, particularly when a matter appears to be ‘stuck on stupid,’" she said. The following Read more


DeLissio to outline budget impasse factors at Oct. 22 town hall

(Oct 15, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 15 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will hold her next town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 in the Wolcoff Auditorium of Roxborough Memorial Hospital, 5800 Ridge Ave. She will discuss the status of the yet-to-be-passed 2015/16 state budget. "Many folks are curious about why the state budget is late,” DeLissio said. “We will talk about the ongoing state-budget impasse and why the budget is over 107 days late and counting. We will also discuss the proposed tax increases using real numbers and not just descriptive adjectives such as ‘massive’ or ‘an increase of historic proportions.’ “We will also discuss why it is imperative that budget negotiations coalesce into a budget that includes sustainable and predictable revenue. At this time, I am very concerned that some of that revenue could emanate from the approval of Internet gambling. “I will address where the budget discussions have been, and what is happening to get negotiations that will result in a budget being passed for the citizens of the commonwealth. Critical financial impacts are already taking place, and I am committed to doing my best to communicate with my constituents the budget efforts taking place and how constituents can help to end this budget impasse." For more information, constituents are encouraged to contact DeLissio's constituent service office at 215-482-8726. Read more


Next DeLissio town hall set for Oct. 22; Budget to be discussed

(Oct 15, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 15 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will hold her next town hall meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 in the Wolcolf Auditorium of Roxborough Memorial Hospital, 5800 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia. She will discuss the status of the 2015/16 budget. "A status of the budget will be given and we will discuss why it is imperative that budget negotiations coalesce into a sustainable, sound budget," DeLissio said. "We will discuss where the budget discussions have been, and how to help to get and keep the budget discussions moving forward, as critical impacts are already taking place." For more information, please contact DeLissio's constituent service office at 215-482-8726. Read more


DeLissio hears constituent’s concerns regarding Henry Avenue

(Oct 09, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 9 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio hosted a meeting Thursday among constituents and stakeholders to hear concerns and discuss safety measures for the upper part of Henry Avenue, between Port Royal and Wissahickon Creek Bridge. The reason for this meeting was receipt of a petition signed by about 60 constituents regarding the speed of traffic on Henry Avenue. Attending the meeting were representatives from PennDOT, the Philadelphia Streets Department, the Pennsylvania State Police, Philadelphia City Councilman Curtis Jones and the 5th Philadelphia Police District. PennDot representatives reviewed and discussed proposed safety improvements, which are the result of an almost two-year federally funded safety study. PennDOT had previously presented these safety improvement plans over a year ago in September 2014. During the meeting, constituents made requests for consideration of traffic-calming measures. Also discussed at length was speed enforcement. Excessive speed was the No. 1 concern of almost all attendees. Constituents said the meeting was very informative, and everyone who attended gained a better understanding of the needs, the limitations, and how various levels of government can work together for the collective goal of making busy Henry Avenue safer. It is anticipated that a follow-up meeting will be convened in January 2016 to get an update from PennDOT officials on how community concerns, particularly for traffic-calming Read more


DeLissio supports need for responsible, sustainable state budget

(Oct 09, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 9 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio released the following statement regarding her vote for a compromise revenue plan this week in the House: “The state’s latest revenue proposal was in the form of an amendment to H.B. 283, which failed 73-127 on Wednesday. It included an increase in the Personal Income Tax amounting to $6.06 a week based on an annual income of $50,000, and a severance tax to the oil and gas companies similar to what is employed in other major gas-producing states. “I was always baffled as to how, over the past four years that I have been a member of the House, the budget focus was on the expense side, almost exclusively. We now know that the result of ignoring the revenue side is the current $1 billion structural deficit. “I thank the governor for exhibiting the leadership and courage to address the revenue side with the amendment to H.B. 283. “The majority of my constituents appreciated the opportunity that this amendment offered for property-tax relief and the opportunity this amendment would have provided to their children for an adequate and equitably funded public education, and for the dollars that would have funded the human service programs that care for the more vulnerable among us – those who our friends, neighbors and relatives. “All of my business experience dictates that a budget must be balanced. When a budget is not balanced, and the majority party’s proposed Read more


DeLissio: Revenue Package is Responsible

(Oct 07, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Pam DeLissio speaks in favor of Gov. Wolf's proposal to increase funding for education, lower and eliminate property taxes, make industry pay their fair share and fix the structural shortfall in the state budget. Read more


DeLissio Senior Expo a success

(Oct 02, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 2 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio partnered with Roxborough Memorial Hospital on Thursday for the hospital’s Good Neighbor Health Fair and her Senior Expo. DeLissio said the turnout was outstanding despite the October chill in the air. “I cannot thank the vendors and hospital staff enough for everything they had to offer our older adults from around the neighborhood,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “It’s amazing to see what a community can do when it comes together: we brought together health screeners from the Roxborough School of Nursing, and agencies and organizations including lifelong learning opportunities, volunteer options, and civic engagement. All possess a vested interest in encouraging seniors to be active and goal oriented as the viable citizens they indeed are.” Seniors had an opportunity to receive information and materials regarding legal issues affecting seniors, including preventive measures for recognizing crime and fraud. They also were connected with initiatives promoting educational, life-learning travel experiences. Cosmetology students in their senior year at Mercy Vocational High School plied their hand-massage skills, as well. “Thanks to my background in long-term care, I am acutely aware of just how vital seniors are to the community and how important our community is to them,” DeLissio said. “It’s also important to remember that seniors are Read more


DeLissio urges drivers to heed speed limit on Henry Avenue

(Oct 02, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 2 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio recently received a petition from about 60 constituents who live on or near the upper part of Henry Avenue requesting PennDOT to control speeding between Port Royal Avenue and Livezey Lane. The petition was filed as a safety request and describes that portion of Henry Avenue as a “speedway.” DeLissio said that she would describe almost the entire stretch of Henry Avenue, down to where it intersects with Hunting Park, as a speedway. PennDOT officials have reviewed and discussed proposed safety improvements, which are the result of an almost two-year federally funded safety study. During the course of the study, PennDOT presented at many civic association meetings in the Roxborough area and held a public meeting last year on Sept. 30, 2014 at St. Gregory’s. PennDOT will present again and update the community on the timeline for the installation of new signal equipment, ADA curb-ramp construction, pavement markings and other improvements to increase safety for pedestrians at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 in the Wolcoff Auditorium at Roxborough Memorial Hospital, 5800 Ridge Ave. There is ample free parking in the Jamestown lot. “The speed limit on Henry Avenue is 35 miles per hour,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “I pledge to not exceed the speed limit. I am certain many folks will be flying past me wondering why I am driving so slowly. My response will be, ‘to Read more


DeLissio Senior Expo a Success

(Oct 01, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Pamela DeLissio held her Senior Expo at Roxborough Memorial Hospital with dozens of agencies and companies. The event allowed senior citizens or their caregivers to get the information they need all in one place at one time. Read more


DeLissio: Statute-of-limitations laws spotlighted with legislation, Papal visit

(Sep 25, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 25 – There are many legislative proposals circulating throughout the Pennsylvania General Assembly that would address the oft overlooked problem with the state’s statute-of-limitations laws and how they relate to the victims of sexual abuse, said state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. DeLissio this week joined a news conference with state Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, and other state legislators and reform advocates to discuss their respective bills, which would extend the statute of limitations and allow more victims to seek civil action against perpetrators. Rozzi is a victim of clergy sexual abuse, and DeLissio said that his story is most compelling and hopes that her colleagues can advocate for these much-needed changes. House Bill 661 and Senate Bill 582 , which is an identical Senate companion bill, would raise the age for an adult victim of child sex abuse to file a civil claim from 30 to 50 and permit previously time-barred victims to bring suit. House Bill 655 would eliminate the statute of limitation for criminal and civil cases prospectively to allow for victims of child sexual abuse to file charges regardless of the amount of time that’s passed since the alleged abuse occurred. House Bill 951 would create a two-year window for past victims of child sex abuse to file civil suit. “As a strong proponent of enhancing Pennsylvania’s statute-of-limitation rules, I cannot express Read more


DeLissio to host senior fair Thursday, Oct. 1

(Sep 24, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 24 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will host a free Senior Expo from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 1 at Roxborough Memorial Hospital. The Senior Expo will be held in conjunction with the Good Neighbor Day Health Fair sponsored by Roxborough Memorial Hospital. “I’m excited to partner with the hospital, a part of the community since 1890, and under new ownership for the past several years, on this endeavor,” DeLissio said. “The Senior Expo will feature services offered by state agencies and not-for-profit organizations that provide services and programs for seniors. Thanks to my background in long-term care, I know that seniors are vital members of the community – and that older adults are interested in life-long learning opportunities and opportunities for employment, in addition to a variety of service needs.” In recognition of those interests, DeLissio said that she plans on including a diverse group of other exhibitors such as a casting agency, as older adults are now actively recruited for a variety of acting/modeling jobs, and other organizations that specialize in older adult employment and activities. Representatives from the Philadelphia Corporation of Aging, SEPTA, Visiting Nurses Association, Philadelphia Gas Works, Community Legal Services and many other organizations will be available to provide information. “Seniors can receive hand massages from students of Mercy Read more