Daley to host town hall on redistricting reform March 27

(Mar 21, 2017)

CONSHOHOCKEN , March 21 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, will co-host a town hall meeting on redistricting with Fair Districts PA at 7 p.m. Monday, March 27 at Colonial Elementary School, 230 Flourtown Road in Plymouth Meeting. “Redistricting 101: A Conversation with Fair Districts PA and Rep. Mary Jo Daley” will feature discussion and a question-and-answer segment. Every 10 years following the most recent U.S. Census, the boundaries of Pennsylvania's state House and Senate districts, as well as its congressional districts, must be redrawn to reflect changes and shifts in population. These plans are drawn by five people – the Democratic and Republican leaders of the House and Senate, and a fifth member selected by the legislative leaders. If the four members are unable to agree on the fifth member of the Legislative Reapportionment Commission, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court selects the final member. According to Daley, who is a member of the State Government Reform Caucus, politics often plays too big of a role in the process, and bringing attention to the matter is the only way to affect change. “Redistricting reform is one of the most important topics we have to deal with in the legislature because it affects nearly every partisan vote we face in session,” she said. “Too often, the party in power has too much influence on drawing political boundaries, and the process becomes nothing more than gerrymandering. Read more


House, Senate Democrats and Wolf administration officials advocate against ill-conceived Republican health care plan

(Mar 09, 2017)

Calling it a dangerous proposition that hasn’t been properly vetted, state Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery, was joined today by House and Senate Democrats, as well as officials from Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration, to call on Pennsylvania’s congressional Republicans to reject the Trumpcare plan that would devastate Pennsylvania by increasing the deficit and most importantly, leaving millions without access to adequate health care. Read more


Daley: Recovery Rather Than Incarceration

(Feb 28, 2017)

At today's budget hearings with the state Judiciary and Department of Corrections, Pa. state Rep. Mary Jo Daley comments on the financial and societal savings by helping drug offenders with recovery rather than incarceration. Read more


Daley: Treasury Programs Benefit Pa.

(Feb 23, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Jo Daley talks about what State Treasurer Joseph Torsella discussed in his testimony before the House Appropriations Committee hearings on the state budget proposal. Read more


Daley Fighting for Equitable Education Funding

(Feb 21, 2017)

As three weeks of House Appropriations Committee public hearings on the state budget begin, Pa. state Rep. Mary Jo Daley explains that one of her priorities in the budget process will be seeking equitable funding for education in Pennsylvania. Read more


Daley: Governor’s Budget Plan A Good First Step

(Feb 07, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Jo Daley says Governor Tom Wolf’s budget proposal is a common sense plan that makes smart choices to streamline government without compromising services to citizens or raising taxes on the middle class. The next step is the House closely examining the plan in public hearings. Read more


Daley: #RaiseTheWage

(Jan 31, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Jo Daley emphasizes the need to increase the state's minimum wage to grow the economy for all workers at a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at the YWCA in Harrisburg. Read more


Daley reminds constituents to register for health care by Tuesday

(Jan 27, 2017)

Citing the importance of having health insurance, state Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, is reminding constituents today that they only have until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31 to register for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Read more


Community Connections: Abolition Hall and the Hovenden House spotlighted in video

(Jan 27, 2017)

I am fortunate to represent a district which includes several landmarks listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Two of these important landmarks, Abolition Hall and the Hovenden House, located at the intersection of Butler Pike and Germantown Pike, were instrumental in the abolitionist movement. This short video by PFW media provides a glimpse into the rich history of the landmarks and their pivotal roles in Pennsylvania’s part of the anti-slavery movement. Read more


McCarter joined by legislators, advocacy groups to announce formation of Climate Caucus

(Jan 25, 2017)

Citing the very real threat posed by climate change, state Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, was joined today by legislators and advocacy groups to announce the formation of the bicameral Climate Caucus. Read more


Pa. granted extension on REAL ID compliance

(Jan 20, 2017)

Pennsylvania received a limited extension through June 6 to update driver’s licenses to meet requirements under the federal REAL ID Act of 2005, but the General Assembly must still act quickly to comply. Without action, Pennsylvanians could be denied access to federal facilities and eventually even airline travel. Specifically, Pennsylvanians will need federally approved ID for air travel beginning Jan. 22, 2018, and with the limited extension we will need a federally approved ID to access federal buildings, nuclear power plants and military bases beginning June 7, 2017. Rest assured, I am following this issue very closely and am doing everything possible to ensure that we pass comprehensive changes to comply with the federal government. Please visit https://www.dhs.gov/real-id/pennsylvania for the most up to date information on the requirements and remember that my office can help you obtain a birth certificate or driver’s license. Read more


Daley: Enroll in the ACA Today

(Jan 18, 2017)

At a press conference at Philadelphia City Hall, Pa. state Rep. Mary Jo Daley urges people without healthcare to go to www.healthcare.gov and enroll in the Affordable Care Act before the January 31 deadline. Read more


Daley to host student art show

(Jan 12, 2017)

State Rep. Mary Jo Daley will welcome the public to see the artwork of budding artists from the Wissahickon School District to her district office, 815 Fayette St., Suite 200, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2. “This annual art show event has quickly become a great way to highlight and enjoy the incredible artistic ability right here in our school systems,” Daley said. “It’s also another wonderful opportunity for folks to gather and provide encouragement to those who have such amazing talent.” Refreshments will be provided during the event. Registration is not necessary to attend, but Daley said constituents with any questions should contact her office at (610) 832-1679 . Read more


Daley sworn in as state representative for third term

(Jan 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley today was sworn into office for a third term as representative for the 148th Legislative District during a ceremony in the Capitol. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in corresponds with the first Tuesday in January, every two years. This year is Pennsylvania’s 201st legislative session. “ I am honored to continue serving the residents of the 148th Legislative District as their state representative ,” she said. “And while w e face many challenges in the greater commonwealth, I am eager to meet them head-on .” Daley said that she is looking forward to continued work on increasing education funding and the minimum wage, preserving teacher benefits and supporting sensible gun safety laws, among other legislative initiatives. “It’s a distinct honor to represent the community of neighbors, friends and family that I call home,” said Daley, D-Montgomery. “I care deeply about the issues that affect us here, and I will remain a steadfast advocate for all the wonderful people, places and initiatives we have to offer.” Daley’s website is at www.pahouse.com/MDaley . Her legislative social media accounts can be found on Facebook and Twitter . Read more


License Your Dog in PA

(Dec 22, 2016)

All dogs three months or older must be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs. An annual license is $8.50 and a lifetime license is $51.50. If the animal is spayed or neutered, the annual fee is $6.50 and lifetime is $31.50. Discounts are available to older adults and people with disabilities. The small license fee helps the millions of dogs in the state by funding the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement. Dog licenses are available from your local county treasurer and other licensing agents. Reasons for dog licensing: It’s the law. All dogs three months or older must have a current license. If your dog gets lost, a license is the best way to get him back. A license helps animal control and shelters identify your dog and get him back home safely. The cost of a license is less than the penalty for being caught without one. Owners who fail to license their dogs could face a fine of up to $300 for each unlicensed dog. License fees support animal control. The annual fee you pay to license your dog helps keep shelters running and supports the work of the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, which is responsible for ensuring the welfare of dogs, regulating dangerous dogs and overseeing annual licensing and rabies vaccinations. Read more


myCOMPASS Mobile App available now

(Dec 13, 2016)

The myCOMPASS PA online app is now available for download on the Apple and Google Play app stores for use on iPhones and Android smartphones. Among other features, myCOMPASS PA will allow individuals to take photos of necessary documents and upload them directly to their case files through a secure, safe environment. Other key features include: Users will be able to view benefits details after logging in to their myCOMPASS account; Individuals can view their processing status of their applications; and Update case-related information such as address, phone number, email address, and voter registration. In the two weeks after it launched in the Apple store, 4,669 users downloaded the app with 13,680 clients viewing the status of their benefits, 1,568 documents were uploaded, and the app received a 5-star rating. myCOMPASS PA is estimated to save an average of $3.2 million per year by reducing mail processing time, manual information entry, call center calls, postage and printing. Read more


Free E-waste collection event Dec. 17 in Montgomery County

(Dec 07, 2016)

I want to inform you that Montgomery County will host a free E-waste collection event for residents to properly dispose of old and unused electronics. The event will take place 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 at Montgomery County Community College, 340 Dekalb Pike in Blue Bell. Enter at 595 Cathcart Road. The following items will be accepted for recycling: CRT and flat-screen TVs and monitors (all sizes), computers, printers, cables, servers, stereos, video game consoles, cell phones, cameras, radios, dorm fridges and microwaves. These items will not be accepted : Appliances containing Freon or liquid (full-size fridges, air conditioners, etc.) batteries, medical equipment, cassette tapes, e-cigarettes, light bulbs and other items at the discretion of the event staff. No broken material will be accepted, and a maximum of three televisions per vehicle will be permitted . If you have any questions about this event, you can email recycling@montcopa.org . In case of significant snow or ice, you can call (610) 278-3618 to hear if the event is cancelled. Read more


LIHEAP accepting applications for heating assistance this winter

(Nov 18, 2016)

Low-income Pennsylvanians can apply now for heating cost help through the state's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) . Applications will be accepted through the winter. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company, and crisis benefits of $25 to $500 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. If you’re living in a family of four and have a household income less than $36,450, you qualify for LIHEAP. You can apply online through Pennsylvania's COMPASS website or at the county assistance office. Applications are also available at my district office. Please stop by or give us a call if you need assistance completing the application. Read more


Daley announces Safe Schools Grant for Kohelet Yeshiva High School

(Nov 04, 2016)

CONSHOHOCKEN, Nov. 4 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, announced today a Pennsylvania Department of Education Safe Schools Initiative grant for Kohelet Yeshiva High School to help keep students safe from violence. The school will receive $40,000 for the training and salary of a school police officer. “It’s crucial that our schools remain a haven for students to learn and grow without having to be concerned about their safety,” Daley said. “I am pleased this grant will provide the school with a beneficial resource to keep the safety of students, faculty and staff a top priority.” The grant is a critical funding source that allows us to afford a high-caliber school police officer for our school,” said Stuart Gasner, executive director, Kohelet Yeshiva High School. “We commend Representative Daley on her tireless advocacy for this program and ensuring that our students and faculty are protected from any threats.” The money is part of $6.5 million in competitive grants that have been awarded statewide for the training and compensation of school resource officers and school police officers, and to prevent and reduce violent incidents through programs and security equipment. Read more


Montgomery County park, companies receive more than $441,000 in state grants

(Oct 24, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 24 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, announced today that the area will benefit from two grants totaling $441,835. "These grants will help improve recreational facilities and invest in early child education," Daley said. Whitemarsh Township received a $196,000 state grant to make improvements to Miles Park. They will include new field equipment, dugouts, fences and bases, constructing a rain garden and installing a paved walkway and disability access ramp connecting the park to Joshua Road. "Whitemarsh Township takes great pride in our park and recreational facilities and we are very grateful to the Commonwealth and DCNR for being selected as a recipient of The Miles Park Improvement Grant," said Amy P. Grossman, chair, Whitemarsh Township Board of Supervisors. "This grant will not only improve stormwater issues and improve safety, but most proudly, it will improve ADA accessibility at Miles Park so residents and all park users can continue to enjoy this regional signature park and its many programs and special events for years to come." Be Amazing, LLC and GM5, LLC received a $245,835 state grant to build and operate a Goddard School in Plymouth Meeting. It is expected to provide premium child care and early childhood education for children ages 6 months to 6 years old. "It’s always great when investments like these are being made to benefit the community," Daley said. "I would like Read more