Supporting our student teachers in PA

(Mar 04, 2024)

With budget hearings underway in Harrisburg and events taking place across the district, Team Otten has had a busy week! Read more

 

Budget hearings begin in Harrisburg

(Feb 23, 2024)

This week marked the start of budget hearings in Harrisburg, as our state agencies make their cases to House and Senate leadership and committee members for funding in the next state budget. Read more

 

Legislative fixes can help reduce gun violence

(Feb 16, 2024)

This week, House Democrats once again defended our majority in the PA House of Representatives with the election of Jim Prokopiak in the 140th House District in Bucks County. Read more

 

Winter 2024

(Feb 12, 2024)

Winter 2024 Read more

 

Shapiro Unveils His Second State Budget

(Feb 09, 2024)

On Tuesday, Governor Shapiro delivered the second budget address of his term, laying out a proposal that prioritizes education funding, economic development, and better opportunities for all Pennsylvanians. Read more

 

Reproductive Rights Take Center Stage in Court

(Feb 02, 2024)

In the House of Representatives, I have had the honor of serving on a variety of committees and caucuses, bringing light to issues that have previously gone unattended and working with my colleagues on legislative solutions. Whether it be advocating for a clean and reliable energy grid or working to address our teacher shortage crisis, I have had the privilege of working with some incredible people on both sides of the aisle. And it is truly a gift to work with the brilliant, passionate, and wise women of the Pennsylvania House and Senate. Read more

 

Gearing up for budget season

(Jan 26, 2024)

While the House may not be in session, my team and I have been working hard to prepare for the upcoming legislative year. Over the past few weeks, while I have been going back and forth between Harrisburg and the district for legislative hearings and meetings, my District Office staff has been diligently working to deliver excellent constituent services and help me get ready for budget season. Read more

 

State lawmakers roll out legislation to facilitate safe abortion access

(Jan 22, 2024)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 22 – Today, on the 51st anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Roe v. Wade , state Rep. Tarik Khan, D-Philadelphia, hosted a news conference at the state Capitol announcing the introduction of legislation regarding abortion rights. Rep. Khan was joined by fellow legislators and abortion-rights advocates. The legislation aims to remove unnecessary obstacles to safe abortion access by eliminating the requirement that abortion facilities meet the same regulations as ambulatory surgical centers. It would also remove the excessive mandate that abortion providers maintain admitting privileges or have transfer agreements at hospitals, which only blocks access to care. The legislators who have also prime-sponsored Khan’s bill are state Reps. La'Tasha D. Mayes, D-Allegheny; Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery; Mary Issacson, D-Phila.; Gina H. Curry, D-Delaware; Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester; Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester; Tara Probst, D-Monroe/Pike; Heather Boyd, D-Delaware; Liz Hanbidge, D-Montgomery; Leanne Krueger, D-Delaware; and Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Philadelphia. "As a nurse, I know that restrictive abortion laws do not lower abortion rates — they just make them less safe," Khan said. "We must remove any unnecessary requirements from facilities that provide this care. Our bill increases access to safe abortion by increasing people's access to safe abortion Read more

 

MLK Day of Service honored; Be safe on the roads

(Jan 19, 2024)

On Monday, my team and I participated in Aidan’s Heart Foundation’s MLK Day of Service event. We joined students, school officials, and members of the community for a CPR & AED training as well as a community resource fair with representation from county agencies, nonprofits, and service organizations. Read more

 

School funding recommendations released ahead of state budget

(Jan 12, 2024)

On Thursday, the Basic Education Funding Commission voted 8-7 to approve a report submitted by the Democratic members of the commission, which held 11 public hearings throughout the fall of 2023 to receive testimony on Pennsylvania's public education system. Read more

 

2024 Calendar

(Jan 10, 2024)

2024 Calendar Read more

 

Beginning the 2024 Legislative Year

(Jan 05, 2024)

I hope that you enjoyed your holidays and were able to spend some time surrounded by friends, family, and loved ones. As we begin a new year, I wanted to take a moment to share and reflect on some of the work my legislative colleagues, my staff, and I have accomplished in the past year. Read more

 

District office holiday hours and assistance

(Dec 21, 2023)

As we near the end of 2023, I want to pause to wish each of you the peace and love of the season and hope for the new year ahead. While 2023 has been filled with many challenges, I am certain there is nothing we cannot accomplish when we work together as a community for the common good of all. Read more

 

Otten applauds nearly $1.8 million in state funding for local sewer projects

(Dec 19, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 19 – State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, today announced nearly $1.8 million in state grant funding has been approved for sewer upgrade projects in the 155th Legislative District she represents. “These investments are needed to maintain our sewage systems, remove pollutants and repair flooding damage,” Otten said. “As our municipalities work to meet the challenges of higher operating costs, outdated systems and a growing population, I’m grateful to see these funds going toward the necessary upgrades to improve services for local residents.” Otten advocated for the following projects under the Department of Community and Economic Development’s H2O PA and PA Small Water and Sewer programs: $1,034,688 to Upper Uwchlan Township Municipal Authority for its Milford Farms Sanitary Sewer Extension project. The project includes installing sanitary sewer line and a pump station in the township. $259,089 for Upper Uwchlan Township Municipal Authority for its Eaglepointe Wastewater Treatment Plant Conversion Project. The project includes converting a wastewater treatment plant to a pump station and adding force main in the township. $498,958 for Caln Township Municipal Authority for the installation of a sewer main along Granger Lane and Caln Meeting House Road in the township. Otten joined state Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, in encouraging Read more

 

Legislature expands Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit for working families

(Dec 15, 2023)

It seems that at the end of every week of session, I find myself coming back to the district and sharing with all of you what a busy week we had in Harrisburg. But when I tell you that “this week was a busy week,” I mean, “this week was a very busy and very productive week!” This week had a little bit of everything – early committee meetings, informative public hearings, heated budget negotiations, long session days, and late-night votes. Read more

 

Several Otten policy issues win big in Harrisburg this week

(Dec 15, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 15 – State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, marked several significant legislative achievements in Harrisburg this week, with committee hearings on two of her bills, another legislative proposal signed into law, and the passage of a resolution recognizing native Pennsylvanian Taylor Swift for her recent selection as TIME magazine’s Person of the Year. Otten also applauded several of the legislature’s collective accomplishments, as the General Assembly passed tax code and fiscal code bills containing multiple provisions to support working families. On Wednesday evening, the General Assembly passed and Gov. Josh Shapiro signed into law a school code bill authorizing funding for Otten’s student-teacher stipend program, which allocates $10 million in funding to help alleviate the statewide teacher shortage by providing stipends of up to $15,000 for prospective teachers during their student teaching semester. Otten’s proposal first passed the House in June with strong bipartisan support, and her proposal language was included in the state budget. “Student teaching stipends are an essential step in both addressing our teacher shortage and supporting every aspiring educator in Pennsylvania so they can join the workforce fully prepared to teach upon graduation,” Otten said. “I am excited to see this program enacted into law so that we can provide our student teachers Read more

 

Otten, Sappey, and Comitta Statement on Downingtown Trestle Bridge

(Dec 14, 2023)

State Representative Danielle Friel Otten, state Representative Christina Sappey, and state Senator Carolyn Comitta released the following joint statement regarding immediate and ongoing efforts to secure and prevent access to the Downingtown Trestle Bridge until Chester County can take possession of the property and long-term plans for the bridge can be addressed. “Our hearts go out to the entire Downingtown community in mourning those who have lost their lives on the Trestle Bridge. We continue to work to bring together partners and agencies to permanently and effectively secure the bridge. Please know that we share the public frustration and grief at the tragic loss of young lives at this site. And we continue to do all we can to advance and facilitate steps to secure it. Previously, we worked to facilitate the transfer of the bridge from Norfolk Southern to PennDOT. As a result, Chester County is now in a position to acquire the bridge and rail line, which has been a goal for some time. For many years, the bridge was owned by Norfolk Southern and unfortunately was allowed to fall into disrepair. Upon taking ownership of the bridge, PennDOT took (and continues to take) steps to secure it and prevent potential hazards, including having earlier replaced the mesh netting and removed the boulders that were suspended over the road. Until the transfer of ownership happens, PennDOT is working to install a resilient, non-scalable fence that will Read more

 

House committee to consider Reproductive Rights Amendment

(Dec 13, 2023)

The Otten and Hanbidge bill proposes an amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution that would reaffirm and protect every individual’s right of reproductive liberty with respect to personal, sexual, and reproductive healthcare decisions, including the right to choose or refuse an abortion, the right to choose or refuse contraceptives, and the right to choose or refuse fertility care, without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or relationship status. Read more

 

Public hearings on my renewable energy and reproductive rights bills next week

(Dec 08, 2023)

On Monday at 10 AM, the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee will hold a public hearing on my legislation HB 1467 – Modernizing Pennsylvania’s Renewable Energy Standards.Raising our renewable energy targets so that more of the energy on our power grid comes from clean, renewable sources would save Pennsylvania residents, businesses, farms, nonprofits, and municipalities money on their utility bills, while creating new family-sustaining jobs and cutting emissions in the process. Read more

 

Advocating for a more resilient and reliable power grid, plus upcoming community tree lighting events!

(Dec 01, 2023)

In my role as Pennsylvania State Lead for the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL), I often have the opportunity to learn about climate and energy policy developments from all around the United States. You can read more about that inside. Also, this past weekend, we kicked off the holiday season by supporting some of the many unique and creative shops here in the district on Small Business Saturday. Read more