Working to increase access to affordable housing in Chester County

(Nov 22, 2023)

And just like that, we find ourselves in the midst of the holiday season. After what has been a very busy, and at times hectic, year so far, I look forward to spending some much-needed time with my family over the upcoming holiday weekend. I hope all of you are able to find some time for yourself in the next week, whether it be by turning off your phone, spending time with loved ones, or some personal meditation, and enjoy this time of being thankful for all our blessings. Read more

 

Legislative update on health, worker, student, climate, & retiree issues

(Nov 17, 2023)

We passed several good bills in the House this week, including legislation to support striking workers, to protect people who come to Pennsylvania seeking reproductive care, and to provide the first cost-of-living adjustment in more than 20 years to retired teachers and public servants. The House and Senate also sent the governor a bill requiring consent before pelvic, prostate, or rectal exams can be performed on anesthetized patients. Read more

 

Otten questions panelists in ERE hearing on hydrogen hubs  

(Nov 16, 2023)

On November 13, the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee hosted a public hearing on hydrogen hubs, the role they have the potential to play in meeting the commonwealth's climate goals, and their impacts on surrounding communities. I have been closely following the issues around hydrogen development, and as co-chair of the PA Legislative Climate Caucus, I have hosted numerous briefings over the past year on hydrogen's potential as well as its climate impacts and safety concerns. Read more

 

Voters choose to protect access to reproductive healthcare, integrity of elections

(Nov 09, 2023)

It was great to see so many constituents at the polls on Tuesday as voters across the 155th Legislative District carried out their civic duty by voting in the 2023 Municipal Election. I’m grateful to our county election officials and the poll workers in every precinct who helped the process go smoothly. Read more

 

Continuing the fight against fracking; make your voice heard Nov. 7

(Nov 03, 2023)

In 2015, my neighbor Mary knocked on my door to hand me a flyer informing me about a pipeline that would send highly explosive fracked gas liquids through our densely populated neighborhood, just feet from where our children play. Read more

 

Otten to oil & gas executives: What is the value of a life?

(Nov 02, 2023)

This week, the Pennsylvania House Environmental Resources & Energy Committee held a public hearing on unconventional well setbacks and legislation (H.B. 170) introduced by state Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester. Following the hearing, Otten released the following statement and video... Read more

 

Pennsylvania’s future depends on access to education

(Oct 27, 2023)

This week I had the opportunity to discuss the state of our public schools and higher education in meetings with Downingtown Area School District Superintendent Dr. Robert O’Donnell and representatives from West Chester University. Read more

 

LGBTQ+ and Black Maternal Health caucuses shine in Capitol this week

(Oct 20, 2023)

In the House we were hard at work supporting our LGBTQ+ youth in schools, protecting consumers from deceptive junk fees, bots, and speculative ticketing, and addressing maternal health disparities in our state. Heartbreaking also feels like an understatement as we witness the recent events in Israel and Gaza. Read more

 

State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten responds to Mid-Atlantic Clean Hydrogen Hub (MACH2) grant funding/project

(Oct 13, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 13 – State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, today made the following statement in anticipation of President Joe Biden’s visit to Philadelphia on the heels of announcing $750 million in federal grant funding for the Mid-Atlantic Clean Hydrogen Hub (MACH2) for Southeastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey, and Delaware. “While MACH2 is being promoted as predominantly ‘green’ and ‘pink’ hydrogen, an internal abstract shows that ‘blue’ hydrogen from fracked gas with carbon capture is a key component of the project and will be the hub’s first product,” Friel Otten said. “Hydrogen technology is an important part of a clean-energy transition, with the potential to fuel hard-to-decarbonize sectors like steel and cement manufacturing, chemical production, long-haul transportation, and aviation. But without adequate regulation, oversight, and scrutiny, this proposal has the potential to be the latest exercise in greenwashing. “While I recognize the importance of developing this technology, our path thus far has been too reminiscent of the early days of the fracking revolution - lack of transparency, essentially no community engagement, nor a willingness to bring affected parties to the table to responsibly negotiate a regulatory framework. From a regulatory standpoint, Pennsylvania is woefully unprepared to make an investment of this magnitude while Read more

 

Fighting Breast Cancer Across the State from Harrisburg

(Oct 09, 2023)

It was a busy week in Harrisburg this week, with committee meetings, floor votes and debate, Climate Week briefings, and multiple other events at the Capitol. Read more

 

Raising awareness around food insecurity

(Sep 29, 2023)

The House was back in session this week for the first time since July. While it was just a short two-day session week, I was busy with meetings for the Human Services, Environmental Resources & Energy, and Health committees, as well as with House session. Read more

 

Climate Week in Pennsylvania is Oct. 1-7

(Sep 29, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 29 – October 1-7, 2023, is Climate Week in Pennsylvania, and the bicameral Pennsylvania Legislative Climate Caucus today announced a schedule of events taking place during the week, as well as information about resources and legislation related to climate action in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States. This year’s Climate Week theme, “Empower Local Climate Action,” reflects the importance of addressing the costs and effects of the climate crisis in rural, urban, and suburban communities across the commonwealth. Climate Caucus members in the House and Senate have introduced more than 50 pieces of climate-related legislation this session, including several bills that would empower and support climate action at the residential, municipal, and regional level. Climate Caucus co-chairs state Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, and state Sen. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, shared their thoughts on the importance of empowering local climate action and the work that the Climate Caucus is doing during Climate Week and every week. “The impacts of the climate crisis are felt first and foremost at the local level, as municipalities struggle to cope with the costs and challenges associated with stormwater, flooding, extreme weather events, and excessive heat,” Otten said. “We as state legislators have a responsibility to do everything in our power to support local communities and Read more

 

House returns to Democratic majority; DEP Public Meeting and Hearing Update

(Sep 22, 2023)

On Tuesday, all eyes in the legislature were once again on Allegheny County as a special election was held to fill the House seat vacated by former State Representative Sara Innamorato. Her resignation from the House in July left the House at 101-101, and Tuesday’s election results would bring the House back to full its complement. Read more

 

Escapee reminds us to be ready; Chester County town halls coming up

(Sep 15, 2023)

It has been an eventful two weeks in our county, to say the least. Read more

 

Communities must have more say on mega-developments

(Sep 08, 2023)

On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania House Local Government Committee held a public hearing on HB 782, legislation that would allow municipalities to evaluate the impact development projects have on local communities. Testifying before the committee were David Fertell and Matt Hanes, both Uwchlan Township residents, and Uwchlan Township Supervisor Bill Miller, who submitted written testimony. Read more

 

Uwchlan Township Residents Testify Before Pa. House Local Government Committee

(Sep 07, 2023)

EXTON, Sept. 7 – Uwchlan Township residents David Fertell and Matt Hanes on Wednesday offered testimony before the Pennsylvania House Local Government Committee regarding legislation that would allow municipalities to evaluate the impact that development projects have on local communities. The public hearing, held in Allentown, was requested by state Rep. Michael Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, who is the prime sponsor of H.B. 782. State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, is one of the bill’s 10 listed cosponsors. H.B. 782 would amend Pennsylvania’s Municipalities Planning Code to: Require mega-development developers to provide a detailed analysis of the impacts of development, including the real cost on traffic, future infrastructure costs, emergency management services, sewer, storm water, damage to agricultural lands, parks, and open space, impact on neighborhoods, natural resources, and wildlife, and harm to neighboring properties. Allow the host municipality to use this analysis to consider conditions that address the impacts and costs of the development and give neighboring municipalities the opportunity to have their concerns addressed. This legislation could have a direct impact on a proposed development project in Uwchlan Township, where residents have pushed back against the proposed sale and development of Lionville Station Farm, owned by the by the Downingtown Area School District, to Audubon Read more

 

Fighting alongside unions for Labor Day and every day

(Sep 01, 2023)

As we head into the Labor Day weekend and mark the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the fight for workers’ rights continues in Pennsylvania and across the country. Read more

 

Look out for buses next week; The PA Budget and what it means for schools

(Aug 25, 2023)

It’s hard to believe, but another summer has come and gone. For many of my younger constituents, that means it’s time to get ready to head back to school. Read more

 

Working to Make PA a Leader in Green Technology

(Aug 18, 2023)

Dear Neighbor, It’s been a busy week here in the 155th Legislative District. Last week, I attended the National Conference of Environmental Legislators National Forum in Indianapolis. It was great to meet so many inspiring legislators from across the country and hear what is being done in other states to combat the climate crisis like investing in emerging energy technologies and implementing sound environmental and utility policies. I even made it back to the district just in time to attend the 25th Annual Lionville Community Day. We have a lot of news to cover this week, so let’s get into it! Read more

 

Working for you at the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators Forum

(Aug 11, 2023)

Dear Neighbor, While the House been out of session since we passed a budget on July 5, I have been able to enjoy some time back in the district spending time with family, meeting with constituents, and working with my team on legislation for our return to session in the fall. I look forward to finalizing this year’s budget season with the passage of the related code bills and hitting the ground running with new legislation once this budget is finally behind us. Read more

 

Working to increase access to affordable housing in Chester County
Nov 22, 2023

Legislative update on health, worker, student, climate, & retiree issues
Nov 17, 2023

Otten questions panelists in ERE hearing on hydrogen hubs  
Nov 16, 2023

Voters choose to protect access to reproductive healthcare, integrity of elections
Nov 09, 2023

Continuing the fight against fracking; make your voice heard Nov. 7
Nov 03, 2023

Otten to oil & gas executives: What is the value of a life?
Nov 02, 2023

Pennsylvania’s future depends on access to education
Oct 27, 2023

LGBTQ+ and Black Maternal Health caucuses shine in Capitol this week
Oct 20, 2023

State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten responds to Mid-Atlantic Clean Hydrogen Hub (MACH2) grant funding/project
Oct 13, 2023

Fighting Breast Cancer Across the State from Harrisburg
Oct 09, 2023

Raising awareness around food insecurity
Sep 29, 2023

Climate Week in Pennsylvania is Oct. 1-7
Sep 29, 2023

House returns to Democratic majority; DEP Public Meeting and Hearing Update
Sep 22, 2023

Escapee reminds us to be ready; Chester County town halls coming up
Sep 15, 2023

Communities must have more say on mega-developments
Sep 08, 2023

Uwchlan Township Residents Testify Before Pa. House Local Government Committee
Sep 07, 2023

Fighting alongside unions for Labor Day and every day
Sep 01, 2023

Look out for buses next week; The PA Budget and what it means for schools
Aug 25, 2023

Working to Make PA a Leader in Green Technology
Aug 18, 2023

Working for you at the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators Forum
Aug 11, 2023