DeLissio helps raise awareness for ‘Child Abuse Prevention Month’ in April

(Mar 31, 2015)

State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., takes part in a Legislative Breakfast with the Philadelphia Children's Alliance on March 27, 2015. PHILADELPHIA, March 27 – As a new member of the House Children and Youth Committee, state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., is helping raise awareness of “Child Abuse Prevention Month” in April. A recent hearing this session included testimony on the implementation of the almost two dozen pieces of new child protective services legislation signed into law last legislative session. “As with any landmark policy undertaking, there is a need for clarification and potentially making legislative adjustments to the laws that were passed,” DeLissio said. “Concerns include the need for background checks by organizations and religious entities for many individuals, particularly volunteers, who may come in contact with children even momentarily throughout the day.” To read more about the policies implemented and what it means for those who work with children, DeLissio said she encourages people to check out . “The protection and safety of our children is paramount; however, we need to ensure that our laws do not place unfair burdens that in reality can undermine or deter the good work happening to support our children’s needs,” she added. DeLissio said as she embarks on work with the Children and Youth Read more


DeLissio comments on the governor's budget

(Mar 06, 2015)

HARRISBURG, March 6 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., released the following statement on Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed budget: "On Tuesday March 3rd, Governor Wolf presented his first budget. Among my tweets that day were 'If you did not know he was an elected Democrat you would think this was a Republican budget.' "Among other things, the governor is proposing reducing business and property taxes and increasing spending for basic education funding and higher education funding. I look forward to making many of his visions a reality – e.g. – creating a climate that can produce additional manufacturing jobs and reducing the regulatory burden in general for business and streamlining the bureaucracy that delivers our government services. "I am impressed because he is committed to negotiating a budget that is fair. He is committed to conducting the budget discussions in a pragmatic manner. I am convinced that he is willing to listen and dialogue as evidenced by the meetings he held with both Democratic and Republican leaders of the House and Senate leading up to his budget address. This certainly did not happen under the previous administration. As one of my Republican colleagues commented – I have met with the governor five times this session and that is one more time than I met with the previous governor over four years. "I was a little disappointed, but not necessarily surprised, Read more


March 18 Town Hall will focus on 2015-16 state budget

(Mar 06, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, March 6 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., announced today her March town hall meeting will feature discussion on Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2015-16 budget proposal. Read more


H.B. 466 must be about something other than privatizing state stores (w/video)

(Feb 26, 2015)

It is hard to argue that it is less convenient to purchase wine, beer and alcohol at a single location. Currently we have to buy wine and alcohol at the Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores, beer by the case at a beer distributor and beer by the six pack at a tavern or deli. House Bill 466 seeks to remedy that situation. However, the details of the bill fall short of achieving that goal while putting steady, recurring revenue to the commonwealth in jeopardy. A number of liquor-privatization bills have been drafted during my four years in the Pennsylvania House. Hearings were held in 2011 and 2012; however, no hearing on the bill as it is currently drafted – H.B. 466 or last session’s H.B. 790 – has been held, and these bills are substantially different. It is a 200-page bill that contains many details and appears to be missing details, too. The first concern should be why this legislation is not being vetted publicly, as it seeks to alter substantially the system that has existed for over 80 years. Many diverse stakeholders will be affected by this legislation if it becomes law. Those stakeholders range from law enforcement to MADD, to beer distributors and tavern and deli owners, to grocery stores to agencies that provide drug and alcohol treatment programs, and not least of all the 3,000-plus current employees of the state-store system. As always, I endeavor to share the facts of any public policy matter. The following are a few Read more


DeLissio holds conversation on Town-Gown matters

(Feb 20, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 20 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., facilitated a meeting with a coalition of universities comprising St. Joseph’s, Philadelphia, Temple and LaSalle, as well as representatives of the civic associations in the 194th Legislative District to discuss liquor control enforcement as it pertains to students who attend the universities and frequent the bars and neighborhoods in the 194th. The goal of the group, also known as the Town and Gown Coalition, was 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 and students on and off campus. Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. was represented by Josh Cohen, special assistant to the majority leader. “It was promising to hear about the university-led programs in place for students to educate them on the perils of excessive drinking and underage drinking,” DeLissio said. “Representatives of the civics also offered ideas on how to welcome students as neighbors and to help students learn to be good neighbors while living in the community.” Police Sgt. Dan Steele, a liquor enforcement officer, discussed the role of the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement and the fact that liquor licenses are renewed every two years. He also said that complaints are reviewed by BLCE in conjunction with that renewal process. Steele Read more


DeLissio’s February Town Hall will take place over the phone Feb. 26

(Feb 13, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 13 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., announced today she will hold her February town hall meeting over the phone at 7 p.m. Feb. 26. Residents of the 194 th Legislative District will automatically receive the call if their phone number is in the constituent database. To "attend" the meeting, residents must stay on the line. “February’s Town Hall will be my 43rd in 51 months,” DeLissio said. “I welcome the opportunity to engage as many constituents as possible and having the call in the comfort of people’s homes is a great way to hear as many of those voices as possible.” The meeting will consist of an hour-long dialogue similar to a radio talk show, with constituents encouraged to ask questions about state-related legislation and matters. Constituents can listen in, ask questions and take part in polls using their touch-tone phones. Those who don’t have questions answered during the session can record them after the meeting, and they will be forwarded to DeLissio’s office. Residents also can email a question before the telephone town hall to . Read more


Minimum wage should be raised, tied to index

(Feb 10, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 10 – Raising the minimum wage in Pennsylvania makes sound economic sense and can help thousands of struggling families become self-sufficient, state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio said Monday during a Raise the Wage kickoff event held at a local Harrisburg church. "As I understand it, Gov. Tom Wolf is supporting the House Democratic effort to raise the wage to $10.10 an hour," she said today. "Raising the wage helps grow our economy and can provide a sustainable living for many citizens who may now need to rely on public assistance in order to make ends meet. "Raising the wage makes sense all around." DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., also said she would like to see the minimum wage tied to an inflation index. She said that tying the minimum wage to an index ensures that this topic will no longer be subjected to the vagaries of politics. The Pennsylvania minimum wage has been $7.25 an hour since 2009, as mandated by federal law. House Bill 250 seeks to raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania to $10.10 an hour over two years. "I was thrilled that this legislation now reflects my recommendation to have the bill’s effective date be 180 days upon passage versus 60 days in the previous legislation," she said. "The new effective date gives smaller businesses an opportunity to meet the requirement of the new law." Read more


DeLissio thanks Wolf for simple expansion of Medicaid in Pennsylvania

(Feb 09, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 9 – As a longtime supporter of expanding Medicaid in Pennsylvania, state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., expressed her support for Gov. Tom Wolf’s directive today to fully expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act. “Withdrawing HealthyPA in exchange for complete Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania, as Governor Tom Wolf set forth today, not only represents a commitment to the health and well-being of hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians who need health-care coverage now, but it also begins to help put our state budget back together,” she said. “We lost millions of dollars in revenue by not opting in effective Jan. 1, 2014. This decision will add millions to a struggling budget and create thousands of new jobs, which will also help our economy move forward. “More importantly this decision ensures that the estimated half-million friends and neighbors who were without access to health care will soon have access to adequate care. Many who fell within the Medicaid ‘gap’ were the low-income wage earners. They earned too much for regular Medicaid but not enough to qualify for a subsidy under the ACA. “I am thankful that the governor moved quickly – making this decision on his 21 st day in office.” The Office of the Governor provided this information today: How does Medicaid expansion differ from Healthy PA ? Medicaid expansion will allow for Read more


UPDATE: Additional details on Walnut Lane Bridge closure

(Feb 09, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., announced today she has an update regarding the Walnut Lane Bridge. “I have additional news,” DeLissio said, concerning the anticipated length of time the bridge will be out of commission. “The Walnut Lane Bridge detour will only be needed for six months.” DeLissio said the detour route will use state-owned roads as shown on the map below. The detour will take traffic over Henry Avenue, Midvale Avenue and Wissahickon Avenue. The duration of the 3.25-mile detour will not exceed six months. Pedestrian access across the bridge will be maintained throughout construction, with police officers used as-needed for traffic-control assistance. DeLissio said PennDOT will adjust the timing of traffic signals along the detour route as needed to enhance traffic flow during construction. Rehabilitation for the entire bridge project, which includes roadway improvements to the existing Walnut Lane roundabout, will require approximately 18 to 24 months. Furthermore, as an enticement for the contractor to complete the work and open the bridge in under six months, DeLissio said PennDOT will include in the construction contract a financial disincentive should the bridge closure exceed six months. Since the bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places, there is no disputing the repairs are needed and welcomed, DeLissio said. “Sharing these Read more


DeLissio outlines bipartisan plan for 3.2% severance tax on Pa. natural gas

(Feb 09, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., and others called on the state legislature during a Capitol news conference Wednesday to pass a severance-tax bill that would enact a 3.2 percent tax on natural gas extracted in Pennsylvania. The bill’s other prime sponsors are Reps. Gene DiGirolamo, R-Bucks; Thomas Murt, R-Montgomery; and Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny. The bill would keep in place the impact fee passed into law in 2012. "Our proposal, like that of so many other states, is to tax the value of the natural gas produced. Added together, the impact fee and the 3.2 percent drilling tax would equal approximately 5 percent of the value of natural gas sold," DeLissio said. "Pennsylvania, now the second largest producer of natural gas in the nation, is the only major gas-producing state that does not impose a drilling tax. "Including a severance tax on the value of Pennsylvania’s natural-gas production would generate additional funds above the existing impact fee, while still protecting host communities who benefit from the fee." During the news conference, DeLissio stated that the budget for the upcoming fiscal year will need to address a greater than $2 billion structural deficit. This deficit was created by the current budget’s reliance on one-time transfers and other unsustainable revenue streams, she added. "If a severance tax had been passed in 2012 instead of the Read more


DeLissio joins governor, applauds executive order banning drilling in state parks

(Jan 30, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 30 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio was on hand Thursday at Benjamin Rush State Park to mark Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s executive order banning oil and natural-gas drilling in all of Pennsylvania’s state parks. The order reverses a policy implemented in 2014 by former Gov. Tom Corbett. “I was honored to be witness to Governor Tom Wolf as he signed an executive order reinstating the moratorium on new leases for oil and gas development in 120 state parks and forests in the commonwealth,” she said. “As our new governor, Tom Wolf believes, as do I, that we have an obligation to leverage this valuable asset for the benefit of our citizens, and that the industry should be tightly regulated with frequent and up-to-date testing and monitoring to ensure the safety of our citizens, land, air and water. “Our parks provide clean air for some of the most populated cities in the world, and a beautiful and exciting escape for millions of tourists each year to enjoy. They also play a vital role in the ecology affecting our agricultural and hunting industries. “As DCNR eloquently points out on its website, ‘a close to 3-million acre system so well-loved and well-used requires real commitment to maintain and improve.’ And we took a great step Thursday in honoring that commitment. “Furthermore, as a state representative and Pennsylvanian, I look forward to preserving the ethos that this Read more


DeLissio receives committee appointments for 2015-16 legislative session

(Jan 23, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 23 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., has been appointed to serve on the House Aging and Older Adult Services, Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Health, State Government and Children and Youth committees for the 2015-16 legislative session. DeLissio said the assignments will continue to allow her to have input on significant public policy issues that affect the lives of her constituents, as well as all of the citizens of the commonwealth. "I am pleased to continue important work on the Aging, Agriculture and Health committees, on which I’ve served since my first term in 2011,” she said. “I am eager to begin work with the State Government and Children and Youth committees anew. With these appointments, I am better positioned to advance legislation critical to enhancing the quality of life for citizens and to strengthen the business climate in the state." With respect to the State Government Committee, DeLissio said that she is excited to impart much of what she learned as an appointee to the Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellow, one of the nation’s premier leadership development programs for state government officials. Additionally, DeLissio was named last year as an at-large member of the Council of State Governments Eastern Regional Conference Executive Committee. Founded in 1933, CSG is the nation’s only organization serving all three branches Read more


DeLissio encourages students to apply for Pennsylvania House Scholarship

(Jan 23, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 22 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., announces that high school seniors interested in receiving financial assistance for college may want to consider applying for the 2015 Pennsylvania House Scholarship. The application deadline is March 1. Read more


DeLissio, Ag Sec. Greig talk Farm Show

(Jan 22, 2015)

I had the opportunity to speak with Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture George Greig during the PA Farm Show about sustainable agriculture in PA and our urban initiatives here in Philadelphia. He has visited W. B. Saul Agricultural High ... School, the only agricultural high school in the state, and knows it holds the largest FFA (Future Farmers of America) chapter in PA. Listen to my conversation and hear how impressed the Secretary has been with the leadership and programs at the high school, raising animals to slaughter - truly a “field to table” education. Click on the video to hear more! Read more


DeLissio updates riders on ‘the Ridge and the Bridge’

(Jan 16, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 16 – According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation executive for District 6, the length of Ridge Avenue from the county line at Northwestern to Dauphin is slated to be repaved when the weather breaks for spring, state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio announced today. “With great anticipation, drivers and riders have been looking forward to the resurfacing of Ridge Avenue, which has been a rough ride for some time,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “After the damage caused by last year’s harsh winter, this spring cannot get here soon enough.” All travel lanes will be open between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. There will be one travel lane in each direction open during all other times. All milling and paving work will be performed between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m., and Philadelphia police will provide assistance for safety and traffic control. Travel-lane restrictions or any work that might impede traffic will not be permitted over the Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day weekends. DeLissio said that constituents’ patience has been appreciated as the Philadelphia Gas Works and the Philadelphia Water Department first needed to address underground infrastructure that required repair along the seven-mile stretch prior to PennDOT tackling the resurfacing of the roadway. She explained that the Ridge Avenue resurfacing project commenced in the fall of 2014 with some base repair at Read more


DeLissio to demonstrate her milking, grape-stomping prowess at Pa. Farm Show

(Jan 09, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 9 – State Rep. Pam DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., is preparing to stomp and squeeze her way into the Pennsylvania Farm Show this year by participating in two events this year: the Celebrity Milking Contest and the Celebrity Grape Stomp. Last year, DeLissio's team came in second in the milking contest, and she said she no longer considers herself a novice. "I look forward to once again facing off against Agriculture Secretary Greig at the milking stool," DeLissio said. "This is the 2nd year that I have been in this contest, and I only get better with practice, thanks to the encouragement and coaching of W.B. Saul High School's agricultural science teacher David Ruvarac. Fortunately for me, I have been able to receive a refresher lesson with Chelsea, one of many cows who resides in the barn at the school which is located in the 194th District."W.B. Saul Agricultural High School is the only agricultural high school in the state and only one of three in the nation. DeLissio also will put her bare toes to the test and stomp as many grapes as she can in the Celebrity Grape Stomp, which is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15. The Celebrity Cow Milking Contest will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16. "It's all good, clean fun and I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and pant legs with an eye toward capturing the number one trophy, all the while bringing much-deserved attention to the Read more


DeLissio sworn in to Pa. House of Representatives

(Jan 07, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 7 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., was sworn in to the House of Representatives Tuesday, beginning her third term as a legislator. Tuesday’s swearing-in ceremony marked the beginning of the 2015-16 legislative session, the 199th term of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. “I continue to be honored to represent and serve the 194th Legislative District and Pennsylvania, and I look forward to building on the successes of my first four years in office," DeLissio said. “During my first two terms I focused on building relationships within my caucus and across the aisle to promote respectful dialogue and foster an atmosphere where policy for the greater good would trump politics.“This session, I will continue these efforts to work on policy that is important to my constituents. My commitment to ongoing dialogue will also continue via my ‘Voices of the Community’ budget hearings, town hall meetings, and outreach in the community. My policy priorities include a fair and equitable funding formula for basic education, and investigating and advocating for additional revenue dollars to ensure that the state budget going forward is sustainable.”Noting her passionate interest in strong policy that leaves its footprint on the greater good of the commonwealth’s underserved, DeLissio said that she promises once again to ardently represent her community and looks to strengthen the Read more