DeLissio advocates for redistricting reform

(Feb 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 3 – In anticipation of the decennial U.S. Census report in 2020, which provides the accounting for where citizens live, state Rep. Pam DeLissio D-Montgomery/Phila., looks forward to the opportunity to continue to address redistricting reform; redrawing the geographic boundaries of state and congressional legislative districts. The manipulation of the geographic boundaries to favor one political party is called gerrymandering. DeLissio said gerrymandering happens in our commonwealth every 10 years under the guise of redistricting. There will be a number of pieces of legislation circulating in the PA General Assembly on this matter, and as DeLissio often exclaims, the devil is in the details. Fair District PA is a grassroots coalition of citizens and organizations working to ensure that district maps are drawn in a fair and transparent way through a process that allows voters to choose their legislators rather than legislators choosing their voters. Senate Bill 484 from last session along with the House companion bill (H.B. 1835) sought to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to establish an independent citizens redistricting commission with clear standards to ensure public input and a fair, non-partisan outcome. Both bills received positive review from redistricting analysts and both were supported by legislators from both parties and will be reintroduced this session. Common Cause PA and the League of Read more

 

DeLissio discusses PA Budget Deficit at 60th Town Hall

(Feb 02, 2017)

State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., discussed at her 60th town hall on January 28, 2017 the PA budget deficit and where government programs could/should be reduced and whether or not taxes should be raised. Click here for the Power Point that was presented. Read more

 

DeLissio: Raising public awareness on human trafficking (w/Video)

(Jan 26, 2017)

State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., spoke in support of H.R. 22 yesterday, which recognizes January 2017 as Human Trafficking Month, acknowledging that although Pennsylvania has improved laws to help the victims of human trafficking, there is still work to be done. Read more

 

DeLissio named to five committees

(Jan 26, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 26 – Pennsylvania House leadership appointed Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., to serve on five key standing committees for the 2017-18 legislative session. She will serve on Aging and Older Adult Services, Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Children and Youth, Health and State Government. “I look forward to working with my colleagues and identifying ways that we can improve various programs and better prioritize how our funds are utilized to improve the lives of our citizens across the commonwealth,” DeLissio said. "I am very pleased to continue the important work with my colleagues who join me on these five committees. With these appointments, I am better positioned to advance legislation critical to enhancing the quality of life for all our citizens, particularly our children and older adults who are at risk. “With a new legislative session beginning, it is as important as ever to reach across the aisle, and a great deal of that starts in committee,” she said. “My commitment is to closely examine the legislation that comes before the committee so that we advance quality, meaningful bills that meet the needs of Pennsylvania families. “Additionally, I look forward to engaging in issues that advance redistricting reform, updating and improving our voting system, and assuring equitable funding for basic education, in addition to supporting high quality pre-K.” Furthermore, DeLissio Read more

 

DeLissio announces PA tax forms available in district office

(Jan 20, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 20 – State tax forms for Pennsylvania income tax filing, schedules and instruction booklets are available for free at state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio’s district office, 6511 Ridge Ave. Her office also can help low-income and older adult constituents find free tax preparation services in the area. Federal income tax forms are available at local IRS offices, or may be downloaded by going to the IRS website at www.irs.gov . “Over the past few years, my office has received feedback from constituents on the challenges many have encountered obtaining the Federal tax forms. As a courtesy to my constituents, my office is carrying the federal 1040 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return and the 1040EZ, the Income Tax Return for Single and Joint Filers With No Dependents, however instruction booklets and schedules are only available by contacting the other locations mentioned or by visiting the IRS website.” The deadline to file federal and state income taxes this year is Tuesday, April 18. “I encourage residents of the 194 th Legislative District to visit my office for these and for other state related materials such as the Low Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Property Tax Rent Rebate applications,” DeLissio said. Read more

 

DeLissio: Farm Show Highlights Role of Ag, Dairy in PA

(Jan 13, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Pam DeLissio returned for a fourth year to the Pennsylvania Farm Show to participate in the milking contest. Selected as a team captain this year, DeLissio says the fun events highlight the importance agriculture and places like W.B. Saul Agricultural High School make to Pennsylvania. Read more

 

DeLissio to discuss PA budget deficit means reduction in funding, services at 60th town hall Jan. 28

(Jan 12, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 12 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will hold her 60th town hall meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 in the Cathedral Hall Auditorium, Cathedral Village, 600 E. Cathedral Road. “We will discuss where state government programs could be reduced and whether or not state taxes should be raised,” DeLissio said. “Pennsylvania has a significant budget deficit now and discussing how decisions at the federal level may impact Pennsylvania and our state budget is a topic that I want to discuss with constituents. “I look forward to hearing from my constituents as to their identification of state funding priorities and where the revenue should be obtained. Various government programs could be reduced or eliminated to save money but at what cost to citizens who may utilize these programs.” DeLissio said that this town hall will be quite timely due to the fact that the Pennsylvania governor’s budget proposal for 2017-2018 will be delivered Feb. 7. There is free parking in the St Mary’s Church parking lot or street parking. If travelling by bus, Cathedral Village is on routes 9 and 27. Read more

 

DeLissio office offers 1-stop shop for vehicle registration renewals

(Jan 12, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 12 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., announced today that her office is prepared to assist constituents of the 194th Legislative District with the renewal process for registration of their vehicles now that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is no longer issuing stickers. She said that the change, which went into effect Jan. 1, will result in a significant cost savings for taxpayers. Drivers are still required to maintain current vehicle registration, and must present a registration card to law enforcement when asked. A valid registration card also is still required when having a safety and/or emissions inspection. The elimination of the stickers allows motorists to renew a vehicle registration online and to print a valid registration card to carry with them. Drivers will eventually be able to upload the registration credential to their smart device. “If you are without a computer or printer, my office can assist you in providing your new valid registration card by applying online on your behalf,” DeLissio said. “Simply bring in your current registration card and proof of insurance, and staff will print out for you your new valid, updated card. You will need to provide a credit card in order to complete the transaction. “As always, my office will continue to provide assistance with other PennDOT needs such as disability parking placards, disability plates, driver’s license Read more

 

DeLissio sworn in as state representative for fourth term

(Jan 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., was sworn into office today for a fourth term as representative for the 194th Legislative District during a ceremony in the Capitol. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in is constitutionally mandated to occur on the first Tuesday in January, every two years. This year is Pennsylvania’s 201st legislative session. “As we begin a new legislative session, I am optimistic,” she said. “My optimism stems from the fact that as a governing body it is imperative that we consider all views of the citizens in the commonwealth and in my experience, compromise often leads to the best solution. I look forward to continuing to work closely with my colleagues from the majority party and am committed to building on the solid relationships that I have worked to establish over the past six years.” DeLissio said that she is looking forward to contributing as a member of the newly reconstituted Pennsylvania Long Term Care Council, helping to shape policies as they relate to the commonwealth’s long-term care services and support systems. As an active member of the Government Reform Caucus, she is eager to continue the exchange of ideas and strategies, in particular as they pertain to redistricting and campaign finance reform and updating our election system. DeLissio additionally anticipates reintroducing her legislation for Read more

 

DeLissio announces $1.76M in state grants for area bike, pedestrian projects

(Dec 09, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 9 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., today announced the approval of a $1.21 million Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) grant to improve Manayunk’s Main Street pedestrian walkway and another $550,000 CFA grant for river trail improvements in Lower Merion Twp. The Manayunk Development Corporation and Manayunk Special Services District will use the money to buy and install pedestrian-scale street lighting and LED luminaires to improve safety at eight pedestrian crossings between Shurs and Green lanes. “The added street lighting will assist in providing greater visibility and ease when strolling and crossing the streets of Manayunk, particularly where there may not be a traffic signal,” DeLissio said. “The lighting is expected to help the district become more pedestrian and cycling friendly. “These improvements will enhance the Manayunk Street Corridor section of Philadelphia, heightening its safety and vibrancy, and encourage pedestrian traffic to frequent this long established and welcoming business corridor.” In Lower Merion Twp., Penn Real Estate Group will use this grant to further the Pencoyd Landing Redevelopment Project by developing a public-use walking and biking trail along the Schuylkill River in Lower Merion Twp., Montgomery County. These plans also call for repairing and renovating a deteriorated river wall for safety measures and beautification. “This Read more

 

DeLissio: Long-Term Care Council work begins in earnest

(Dec 01, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 1 – Members of the Pennsylvania Long-Term Care Council, including state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., met in Harrisburg Wednesday to announce its launch and discuss the direction of the council. The 35-member body is charged with making recommendations on regulations, licensure, financing and any other responsibilities of the departments and agencies that relate to the commonwealth’s long-term care services and supports systems. “I’m thrilled to begin work on the council and look forward to helping shape long-term care policies in the commonwealth,” said DeLissio, who has nearly 30 years of experience in the fields of long-term care and small-business ownership and has been a member of the Aging and Older Adult Services Committee since elected to office in 2010. “As it stands, our services are difficult to navigate and one of my goals will be to ensure that the continuum of housing and services is as seamless as possible.” Pennsylvania ranks fourth in the country with the percentage of citizens 65 or older, and citizens 85 or older are the most rapidly growing segment of seniors in the commonwealth. Pennsylvania’s Long-Term Care Council Act, Act 64 of 2015, was passed by the General Assembly as a replacement for the Intergovernmental Council on Long-Term Care in order to reflect today’s broader long-term care continuum. The council is intended to Read more

 

DeLissio plans holiday open house for December

(Nov 22, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 22 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio will host her annual open house from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12 at her constituent services office, 6511 Ridge Ave. All constituents who reside in the 194th Legislative District are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be prepared by students in the culinary arts program at the A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical High School, located in the 194 th Legislative District. “ Our open houses are lively and fun, with neighbors and friends coming in 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 also will 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 RSVP or obtain more information, constituents can call DeLissio’s office at 215-482-8726 or email RepDeLissio@pahouse.net . Read more

 

DeLissio to discuss government reform at 59th town hall on Nov. 17

(Nov 04, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 4 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio will hold her 59th town hall meeting at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 in the Bala Cynwyd Library Community Room, 131 Old Lancaster Road in Bala Cynwyd, 19004. The discussion will center on state government reform topics addressing voting improvements, gift and hospitality bans, campaign finance and redistricting. “I hope to see you for this informative and thought-provoking discussion on government reform,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “The intersecting subjects of special interests, money and the legislative process have long-lasting and deep effects in all corners of government, and it’s imperative that constituents stay informed on these matters. “This is a town hall meeting you don’t want to miss if you have any interest in better understanding some of the dynamics in play and what needs to be done to reform government practices to enhance the voice of every citizen.” There is free parking in the library lot or street parking. Read more

 

DeLissio announces state grant for pocket park in Roxborough

(Oct 28, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 28 – Commonwealth Financing Authority this week approved a $200,000 grant for Roxborough Development Corp. (RDC) to continue redevelopment of a vacant lot into the Roxborough Pocket Park, state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio announced. This development is part of the RDC Roxborough 2020 initiative, said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Philadelphia. The grant, which was authorized under the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Funding Program, will go to excavate, grade and pave the lot before a rain garden, shrubbery, bleachers, steel-cabling market lights and a boardwalk are added to the site. Overall plans for the site call for repurposing this vacant lot into a community hub, thereby connecting residents, serving as a catalyst for neighborhood change, and assisting in reinvigorating downtown Roxborough. “Roxborough 2020 is an exciting vision for the future of this business corridor, and I am pleased to have helped to advocate for and secure this funding,” DeLissio said. “The further development of this park is a catalyst for additional business development along this corridor, and we are grateful to the Department of Community and Economic Development for this significant grant." Read more

 

DeLissio: Don't Put Off Mammograms

(Oct 25, 2016)

Pennsylvania state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., spoke on the House floor Oct. 25, 2016, about Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the importance of not putting off mammograms. Surrounded by her colleagues in pink, DeLissio talked about her own experience with breast cancer and how others can get the help they need. Read more

 

DeLissio: Bills for long-term care council, oral chemo access signed

(Oct 21, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 21 – Two crucial pieces of legislation that state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio worked on this legislative session and became law were honored in a ceremonial bill signing this week. DeLissio joined Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday to commemorate the signing of H.B. 753, which replaces the former Intra-Governmental Council on Long Term Care as the Pennsylvania Long-Term Care Council. This council comprises long-term care providers, advocates, consumers and elected officials and will be a valuable resource and sounding board for the departments of Aging, Health and Human Services on long-term care public policy issues, DeLissio said. The new council, of which DeLissio is an appointed member, broadens the scope of the previous council and addresses topics ranging from facility-based care to home- and community-based services. DeLissio’s amendment from the previous session was included in this legislation. Her amendment increased the number of consumers to be seated on the council from one to two, and at least one of those required consumers must have personal experience as a family caregiver. "Our state ranks fourth in the country with the percentage of citizens 65 or older, and citizens 85 or older are the most rapidly growing segment of seniors in the commonwealth,” she said. “Our current system is difficult for consumers and caregivers to navigate and one of my goals as a member of the Read more

 

DeLissio announces 58th town hall Oct. 27

(Oct 14, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 14 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will hold her 58th town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Community Room of Falls Ridge, 4349 Ridge Ave. DeLissio said there is plenty of free parking by the entrance in the lot off of Merrick Road. This location is served by SEPTA Bus Route 9. “There is still much legislation expected to be discussed and passed in the six upcoming session days,” DeLissio said. “It is uncertain what will be brought up on the voting calendar, but legislation pertaining to pension reform, election reform, gun control, ride-sharing permitting – Uber and Lyft – to operate, and eliminating the criminal and civil statutes of limitation for sexual abuse of children may be brought to the House floor.” Discussion will center on the significant legislation that will be headed to the governor’s desk as a result of the end of the two-year legislative session. Technically the last day of the two-year session is Nov. 30, and any legislation not passed by both the Senate and House will die and will need to be re-introduced after the next General Assembly is elected. The last session day scheduled for the House and Senate is Oct. 26. To date, a total of 3,691 bills have been introduced in the General Assembly with 252 of those bills signed into law. “The end of session can be a fast-moving time for the legislature, and I look forward to keeping my Read more

 

DeLissio announces state grant for City Avenue redevelopment

(Oct 14, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 14 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., today announced approval of an $889,846 Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Multimodal Transportation Fund grant for corridor improvements along City Avenue. The planned improvements, which also received funding from the Commonwealth Financing Authority this summer , will provide for new drainage, turning lanes, crosswalks, signal upgrades and lighting. "Revitalization of the City Avenue corridor is critical to driving economic growth in our community, and I’m happy to announce this latest round of financing," DeLissio said. "The state has recognized an excellent investment in our community and in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania." Work has already begun, thanks to new zoning in both Philadelphia and Lower Merion Township and ongoing expansion at Saint Joseph’s University, she said. The project is one of 37 highway, bridge, bike and pedestrian projects that will receive $40 million in Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Multimodal Transportation Fund grants, announced today by Gov. Tom Wolf and PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. The Multimodal Transportation Fund was created by Act 89, Pennsylvania’s transportation funding plan. DeLissio voted for legislation to create the fund in November 2013. Complete second-phase work along the corridor is estimated to cost $3.8 million. "Between recent zoning changes and Read more

 

DeLissio to offer paper shredding events Oct. 15, Oct. 29

(Oct 07, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 7 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio is holding two free shredding events this month for constituents to safely dispose of confidential, unwanted documents. The events are: Saturday, Oct. 15 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Magisterial District Court 901 Montgomery Ave. Penn Valley, 19072 (Next to Staples) Saturday, Oct. 29 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Roxborough Municipal Lot 514 Dupont St. Philadelphia, 19128 Availability is on a first-come basis. Shredding will take place from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. 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. Shredding will be done on site and all shredded paper will be recycled. For more information, constituents can call DeLissio’s office at 215-482-8726. Read more

 

DeLissio: Share food facility project receives $1M state grant

(Oct 06, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 6 – Share Food Program Inc. received a $1 million state grant to replace its warehouse roof and upgrade electrical systems, state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio announced today. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Office of the Budget Secretary Randy Albright released the latest round of Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grants Sept. 29. “Share is a true mission-oriented not-for-profit agency with stellar leadership, and they help many who experience food insecurity,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “Share is powered by committed volunteers who assist with the unloading, storing and transporting of millions of pounds of food to more than 505 volunteer-led food cupboards. Share’s food relief helps an average of 607,000 low-income individuals each month and without Share, local food cupboards would not be able to meet the growing need. “This is a premier investment, and I wholeheartedly thank Governor Wolf for making this grant happen.” Infrastructure improvements being paid for by the grant include electrical-system repairs and a new roof on Share’s 133,000-square-foot warehouse at 2901 Hunting Park Ave. These integral improvements will keep Share’s large walk-in coolers and freezers working consistently and reliably; frozen food, consisting of chicken, fish, beef and pork, offers an important protein source for the low-income households that rely on food cupboard distributions. Read more