E-BLAST: Henry Avenue construction to begin March 29

(Mar 19, 2021)

A good news update today: Work to improve Henry Avenue will begin on March 29, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Read more

 

DeLissio to host three free shred events this spring

(Mar 19, 2021)

“Shredding documents that contain confidential information helps to protect against identity theft. These events are a great opportunity to clear out old papers and discard them safely,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. Read more

 

Children and Youth meeting focuses on the state of child care and the impact of the pandemic

(Mar 12, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 12 – State Rep. Pam DeLissio, minority chair of the House Children and Youth Committee, participated in a public hearing on Monday to understand the impact COVID-19 has had on working families and the state of child care across the commonwealth. “Since the pandemic began, some child care facilities have closed and many people, especially women, have left the workforce to care for their young children,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “This sector is vitally important to economic recovery and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the legislature to find ways to help child care providers recover economically.” The committee heard from the Office of Child Development about financial relief and how federal dollars are awarded to child care facilities. The Pennsylvania Child Care Association also testified and stressed that staff turnover and the inability to attract new hires continues to impact providers’ ability to operate efficiently. State subsidized child care rates have not been raised in years. The committee also had the opportunity to hear about the Keystone STARS Program. Keystone STARS program supports all early care and education programs to improve program quality. The Keystone STARS Performance Standards function as a tool to support continuous quality improvement that impacts services to the children and families using child care in Pennsylvania, commented DeLissio. All licensed Read more

 

E-BLAST: Focusing on child welfare system in new role as minority chair

(Mar 08, 2021)

This session is the first time I am serving in the role of a minority chair. I have been appointed to serve in this capacity on the House Children and Youth Committee. Chairmanship is awarded based on seniority and I am honored to serve in this capacity. Read more

 

DeLissio focuses on Pennsylvania's child welfare system during first Children and Youth Committee meeting of 2021

(Mar 05, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 5 – As new minority chair of the House Children and Youth Committee, state Rep. Pam DeLissio participated in the first Children and Youth Committee meeting of the 2021-22 legislative session. There are many members new to the committee and it was helpful to have the initial meeting focus on an overview of the child welfare system, commented DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. For example, Pennsylvania is one of only 11 ­states that operates in a decentralized manner as each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties operates its own child and youth agency with oversight from the state. Presenters included staff from the Department of Human Services and stakeholders representing associations that promote child welfare and related policy ensuring the health and well-being of children, youth, and their families. Information was presented on the importance of the ChildLine hotline (800-932-0313) in providing citizens a 24/7 resource to report suspected child abuse or neglect. The need for additional support for child caseworkers, integral to making the system work, was discussed. “These caseworkers experience much stress in carrying out their duties and we need to ensure that the paperwork aspect of their jobs is not redundant or duplicative, but necessary to assess the needs of the children and their families when they need it the most,” DeLissio said. The courts play a critical role in the child welfare system and the Court Improvement Read more

 

East Falls Local Article: For Better or Worse

(Mar 01, 2021)

State constitutional amendments are a serious matter. I swore an oath to uphold said constitution and it is the ultimate governing document for our commonwealth. Ultimately, matters of state constitutionality are decided by our state Supreme Court. This current session of the General Assembly has seen quite a few constitutional amendments introduced, some passing out of committee and making it to the House floor for a final vote only three weeks into the session. If a proposed constitutional amendment passes both chambers in two consecutive sessions of the General Assembly the amendment is placed on the ballot for voters to decide. One such amendment will appear on the ballot on May 18. SB2 has successfully passed both chambers this session and had already passed last session. It is a constitutional amendment to curtail the Governor’s Executive powers regarding the declaration of an emergency. Basically, this constitutional amendment would limit the declaration to 21 days and if that declaration needs to be extended it would require action of the General Assembly. Currently the Governor can extend emergency declarations without legislative action. Having served in the House for the past 10 years, there is nothing more concerning than what is being proposed by this constitutional amendment. As I reflect on the severe and impactful consequences of COVID-19, a pandemic, and further reflect on my colleagues who do not fully embrace the Read more

 

East Falls NOW Article: Voting by Mail-in Ballot- Important Update

(Mar 01, 2021)

By the first Monday in February, county boards of elections (AKA City Commissioners in Philadelphia) were to have sent via the USPS, mail-in ballot applications to any eligible voter who requested to be placed on the ‘permanent mail-in ballot list file.’ You would be on this list if you checked the box that stated I would like to receive mail-in ballots this year and receive annual applications for mail-in ballots each year when you applied in 2020 for a mail in ballot. I checked that particular box, and as of this writing, I have not yet received this application. As we know, the U.S. Postal Service has had its share of challenges. Instead, I have signed up electronically to receive my mail-in ballot and I urge you to do the same. VotesPA.com will take you to the mail-in ballot application. If you want to receive a mail-in ballot for the general election as well, you can check that box on the application. If you prefer to wait and see whether or not you want to request a mail-in ballot for the general election you can apply again in the late summer or early fall. The deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot for the primary is May 11. No one should apply that late as the ballot then needs to be mailed to you. You then need to complete it and return it no later than 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18. There has been much discussion about the use of mail-in ballots. Forty-three states and the District of Columbia use some form of early voting, including Read more

 

DeLissio to host 104th Town Hall meeting virtually March 19

(Feb 26, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 26 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio will host her 104 th Town Hall meeting virtually at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 19. Topics will include information on the state constitutional amendment process including the one and possibly two amendments that will be on the ballot for the May 18 primary election and an update on the COVID-19 vaccine. The mail-in ballot process will also be reviewed. “My virtual town hall meetings have continued to draw new attendees, and I’m pleased to be able to share important information and updates for our community,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “Ongoing dialogue with residents of my district is a priority for me, and these virtual events have proven a successful way to keep in touch.” The meeting will be held over Zoom and will also be livestreamed on DeLissio’s Facebook page . Anyone who wishes to participate through Zoom must register by 5 p.m. Thursday, March 18, using this link or by emailing RepDeLissio@pahouse.net . Zoom login information will then be sent. Comments or questions can be posted live or emailed in advance to RepDeLissio@pahouse.net or by leaving a message at 215-482-8726. This is DeLissio’s 1 2 th town hall held virtually since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak and mitigation efforts necessitated different means to communicate and provide information. Previous town hall meetings can be viewed on Read more

 

WATCH: 103rd Town Hall

(Feb 19, 2021)

Topics included Gov. Tom Wolf’s state budget proposal, clarification of the process for mail-in ballots, and an update on COVID-19 vaccine distribution for Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. Read more

 

DeLissio appointed to Children’s Trust Fund board

(Feb 19, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 19 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., has been appointed to serve on the board of the Children’s Trust Fund for the 2021-22 legislative session. The mission of the Children’s Trust Fund is to prevent child abuse and neglect in Pennsylvania. “We as adults have no greater responsibility than keeping children safe. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to work with the Children’s Trust Fund to support community programs that protect kids and strengthen families,” DeLissio said. “I’ve long been committed to helping shape policies that are in the best interests of our citizens and our children are indeed cherished citizens. We have a collective responsibility to ensure that all children in the commonwealth thrive and have every opportunity to grow up in a safe and nurturing environment.” DeLissio was appointed to serve on the Children’s Trust Fund board by House Speaker Bryan Cutler. This legislative session, DeLissio was named minority chair of the House Children and Youth Committee, which reviews bills pertaining to the youngest citizens of Pennsylvania. Read more

 

E-BLAST: Mail-in ballots helped produce a 70.93% turnout

(Feb 19, 2021)

Dear Neighbor, Mail-in ballots provide an opportunity to vote ahead of Election Day; no excuse needed. Mail-in ballots are particularly conducive to our current lifestyles; particularly those that work 10- and 12-hour shifts and multiple jobs or jobs that may not be close to home. Read more

 

E-BLAST: 103rd Town Hall meeting to be held virtually Feb. 18

(Feb 10, 2021)

Please join me for my 103rd Town Hall meeting, which will be held virtually at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18. Read more

 

DeLissio to host 103rd Town Hall meeting virtually Feb. 18

(Feb 05, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA -- State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio will host her 103rd Town Hall meeting virtually at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18. Read more

 

East Falls Now Article: Danger Will Robinson!

(Feb 01, 2021)

If you are my peer, or are a Lost In Space aficionado, you may recognize the oft heard refrain of the robot who served as companion and guardian to the young Will Robinson. It is a refrain that is still used to this day - or at least it is a phrase that I use when the occasion warrants - that occasion being a significant and serious mistake about to occur, a real disaster, actually. In this instance I am sounding the alarm about judicial gerrymandering. You may have heard me talk about, write about, conduct town halls on and post on social media about gerrymandering and the need for redistricting reform. THAT redistricting reform is about redrawing, every 10 years, the district boundaries for congressional, state representative and state senate districts. Historically, those districts have been drawn to favor the majority party in control when this event occurs. These gerrymandered district boundaries create less than competitive races for these offices and contribute mightily to gridlock and polarization at the state and federal level because the successful candidates are often beholden to an ideological extreme to get and stay in office. I have worked diligently to support legislation and advocates’ efforts to create an independent redistricting commission; independent of the Pennsylvania general Assembly that currently controls the process from end to end. Districts will be redrawn this year, and our efforts to create an independent commission were not Read more

 

East Falls Local Article: You’ve Got Mail(-In Ballots)!

(Feb 01, 2021)

Did mail-in ballots work? I would like to think this is a rhetorical question but the reality is some of my colleagues are indeed questioning whether or not mail-in ballots were a useful tool that actually expanded the franchise to vote. There is at least one co-sponsorship memo (an advance notice that legislation is coming) to repeal mail-in ballots. When I questioned my colleague about why he did this, his response was “I wanted to start a conversation.” Well, he got my attention. When Act 77 (SB 421 of 2019) became law it was a great day. It was signed into law on October 31, 2019 and for me this was all treat and no trick. As a member of the State Government Committee I was one of two (out of ten) Democrats who voted for the bill in committee and one of thirty-three (out of ninety- two) Democrats to vote for this bill on final passage. Many of my Democratic colleagues objected because straight ticket voting was being eliminated. Pennsylvania at that time was one of eight or nine states that continued to permit straight ticket voting. As with many substantive pieces of legislation, I did my best to understand the pros and cons of eliminating straight ticket voting, and it was clear to me that the benefits of permitting mail-in voting outweighed the concerns of eliminating straight ticket voting. Please keep in mind, all of these events occurred well before any of us had heard of COVID-19, let alone the fact that we would soon Read more

 

WATCH: DeLissio Offers Opening Prayer

(Jan 27, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Pam DeLissio offered the opening prayer before session. In her prayer, Rep. DeLissio shared her thoughts with colleagues about her efforts to remain hopeful each day, striving to be a better listener, and concern about the overall well being of friends and neighbors. Read more

 

WATCH:102nd Town Hall

(Jan 25, 2021)

Listen to the discussion about COVID-19 vaccine rollout, redistricting reform including the current effort to gerrymander the courts, and Pennie, the state’s health insurance marketplace. Read more

 

DeLissio to host 102nd Town Hall meeting virtually Jan. 23

(Jan 14, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 14 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio will host her 102 nd Town Hall meeting virtually at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23. Topics include an update on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, redistricting reform including the current effort to gerrymander the courts, and Pennie, the state’s health insurance marketplace. “As we are beginning a new legislative session, this town hall meeting provides an opportunity to update friends and neighbors on what is happening in Harrisburg as well as share information on important topics like the COVID-19 vaccine,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “These virtual town hall meetings have proven to be a good way to stay in touch while staying safe, and I invite all residents of my district to join in.” The meeting will be held using Zoom and will also be livestreamed on DeLissio’s Facebook page . Those interested in joining should register by 5 p.m. Jan. 22 by emailing RepDeLissio@pahouse.net . Zoom login information will then be sent to those registered. Comments or questions can also be emailed in advance to RepDeLissio@pahouse.net or by leaving a message at 215-482-8726. This will be DeLissio’s 10th town hall held virtually since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak and mitigation efforts necessitated different means to communicate and provide information. Previous town hall meetings can be viewed on her website, www.RepDeLissio.com . Read more

 

E-BLAST: Becoming a minority committee chair; 102nd Town Hall Meeting; Virtual PA Farm Show

(Jan 08, 2021)

This week, it was an honor to be sworn in for my sixth term as representative of the 194th district and to be named minority chair of the House Children and Youth Committee. Read more

 

DeLissio announces $1M grant for Share Food Program

(Jan 08, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 8 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio announced that Share Food Program was awarded a $1 million state grant to support improvements at the food organization’s warehouse. Share Food Program distributes food to 1,000,000 neighbors in need each month, over 50% of whom are children, and 12% who are seniors or people with disabilities. Share Food Program will use the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant to add new roof sections at its warehouse, including a new solar energy system that will help offset about 50% of the organization’s energy output. “These roof repairs are a critical need for a phenomenal organization that does vital work to reduce hunger, and the energy efficiency improvements will help Share Food Program devote more resources to its core mission of reducing hunger,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. George Matysik, executive director of Share, said “We could not be more grateful to have Representative DeLissio as an ally during this critical time. The new roof will help Share realize our food distribution warehouse’s full capacity, and predictable, low-cost renewable energy and resiliency will help Share direct more resources towards our number one aim of providing food to those who are hungry.” DeLissio added, “I was pleased to support Share Food’s request for funding to help the organization meet the increased demand for food in our Read more