Daley, Frankel legislation calls for tax increase on cigarettes, other tobacco products

(May 21, 2015)

HARRISBURG, May 21 – State Reps. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, and Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, recently introduced legislation that would both help enhance public health and generate revenue in the commonwealth. House Bill 1213 would increase the cigarette tax by $1 per pack and impose a 40 percent tax on the wholesale price of other tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, cigars, pipes, “roll-your-own” tobacco and smokeless tobacco. Daley said imposing these taxes could help deter young people from using cigarettes and OTPs. “Many teens succumb to peer pressure by using tobacco products and end up becoming life-time users,” Daley said. “What’s troubling is there are now alternative products, such as e-cigarettes, that are growing in popularity and have the same addicting effects as regular cigarettes. “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a quarter of a million young people who had never smoked a cigarette used e-cigarettes in 2013.” Frankel said Pennsylvania is the only state in the country that does not impose some type of tax on smokeless tobacco and one of two states that does not tax cigars. “It’s time that Pennsylvania joins every other state in the nation in levying a fair tax on these kinds of tobacco products,” Frankel said. “We’re faced with a $2 billion structural budget deficit and we cannot continue to overlook reasonable Read more


The Daley News-Spring 2015

(May 15, 2015)

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Nursing mothers would benefit from Daley bill regarding breast milk collection in workplace (with video)

(May 11, 2015)

HARRISBURG, May 11 – As part of a comprehensive package aimed at improving women’s health, state Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, today said she introduced a bill requiring employers to provide private, sanitary space for nursing mothers to pump breast milk. Daley said H.B. 1100, part of the Pennsylvania Agenda for Women’s Health and co-sponsored by state Rep. David Parker, R-Monroe, would add the commonwealth to approximately two dozen states that have laws requiring workplace accommodations for nursing women. Daley said current federal law requires employers to provide a private, sanitary space for female employees to pump milk – but only for up to one year after the birth of a child. She also said the federal law inexplicably does not apply to salaried employees. “Our legislation would fix two main loopholes in federal law,” Daley said. “First, it would apply to all employees, including those who are exempt from federal overtime provisions, such as salaried or management employees. Second, this bill would require employers to provide a private, sanitary space for mothers to pump milk beyond one year after birth. “I am delighted to work with my colleague Representative David Parker on this important legislation.” Daley noted this legislation would mirror federal law by exempting small employers from these requirements if they would present an undue hardship to the employer. She said an added economic benefit Read more


Daley to hold town hall meetings on budget, education funding

(Mar 26, 2015)

CONSHOHOCKEN, March 25 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, will hold three town hall meetings for residents in the 148th Legislative District. Daley said these meetings coming up in April will give residents a chance to hear about Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget and how it impacts them and their community. Daley will also discuss the issue of fair education funding. “With a new governor and new legislature in Harrisburg, I feel this budget is providing the 'fresh start' that the governor has been touting even before he took office,” Daley said. “I would like to give all my constituents an opportunity to ask questions about what this budget plan would mean to them and their families.” Daley’s town hall meetings will be held: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 , Narberth Borough Hall, 100 Conway Ave., 19072. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 , Ambler Borough Hall, 122 E. Butler Pike, 19002. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 16 , Plymouth Township Building, 700 Belvoir Road, Plymouth Meeting, 19462. Daley said she invites all of her constituents to attend, and those who do also may obtain important information on such issues as the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, health care and family services. Read more


Daley announces changes in mobile offices’ hours

(Mar 02, 2015)

CONSHOHOCKEN, March 2 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, today announced upcoming time changes for her two mobile offices in the 148th Legislative District. Mobile office hours at the Ambler Borough Hall, 122 E. Butler Ave. will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m . the first and third Tuesday of each month. Mobile office hours at the Narberth Borough Hall, 100 Conway Ave. will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m . the second and fourth Tuesday of month. These changes will take effect Tuesday March 10. A legislative staffer will be present at these times, days and locations to provide brochures and forms, information on state programs and services, answers to questions and help with problems. “These time changes still allow my staff to provide quality services and assistance in the northern and southern portions of the 148 th District, along with my district office centrally located in Conshohocken,” Daley said. For more information about either mobile office, constituents can call Rep. Daley’s constituent service office at 610-832-1679. Read more


Pa. legislators discuss education issues with Lower Merion school officials

(Feb 26, 2015)

State Representatives Mary Jo Daley (D-148) and Tim Briggs (D-149) along with Merle Zucker, a representative from State Rep. Pam Delissio’s (D-194) office and Zack Hoover, chief of staff for State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-17) attended the forum that was held during the Lower Merion Board of School Director’s monthly Legislative Committee meeting for February. Read more


Property Tax/Rent Rebate Forms Now Available

(Feb 18, 2015)

My office has received Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program application forms from the state Department of Revenue – and my staff is ready to help you file yours! Read more


Daley receives 2015-16 House committee assignments

(Jan 22, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 22 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, announced that she has been named to five standing committees within the House of Representatives. Those committees are: - Appropriations - Aging and Older Adult Services - Finance - Health - State Government "I am honored to return to the House Health, Finance, and State Government Committees during my second term as representative," Daley said. Daley added she is eager to serve on the Aging and Older Adult Services and Appropriations committees for the first time. Appropriations considers fiscal-related matters and conducts budget hearings to review and evaluate the governor’s executive budget proposal. "While Pennsylvania is facing several challenges, one of the biggest is dealing with a budget deficit of $2.3 billion," Daley said. "With Governor Tom Wolf as our governor, I am confident that my Democratic colleagues and I will now have a seat at the table to assist with closing this massive gap and bringing a more balanced budget." Read more


Daley: A Fresh Start for Our State

(Jan 20, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Jo Daley says Gov. Tom Wolf’s inauguration brings needed change to the state, after four years of funding cuts and failed policies. Rep. Daley supports the governor’s plan to focus on efforts benefitting all of Pennsylvania, including fair education funding, job creation, and helping middle-class families. Read more


Daley sworn in for second term as state representative

(Jan 06, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, was sworn in today to represent the people of the 148th Legislative District for the 2015-2016 legislative session.  Daley said some of her legislative priorities include making online voter registration a reality in Pennsylvania and for employers to provide private, sanitary space for nursing mothers to pump breast milk."These issues are just two of the bigger issues that could make a difference not only with my constituents, but with people across the Commonwealth," Daley said. "I look forward to working with my colleagues as well as Governor-elect Wolf to make Pennsylvania a better place to live."Daley invites her constituents to visit her newly redesigned webpage, www.pahouse.com/MDaley, for more information on her legislative priorities, outreach programs, and mobile office hours. Residents can also visit her constituent services office, located at 815 Fayette St., Suite 200, Conshohocken, or call her office at 610-832-1679.The swearing-in ceremony in the House chamber marked the beginning of the 199th legislative session. The state constitution mandates that the legislature convene at noon on the first Tuesday of January. Read more


Breast Cancer Screening on Jan. 29

(Jan 05, 2015)

I want women to have the facts they need about their health. I am partnering with Fox Chase Cancer Center to offer Breast Cancer screenings on Thursday, Jan. 29. Appointments available starting at 9 a.m. To schedule an appointment, or for more information, call my district office at 610-832-1679. Read more


Apprise: FREE Health Insurance counseling for older Pennsylvanians

(Dec 31, 2014)

APPRISE is a free health insurance counseling program designed to help older Pennsylvanians with Medicare. Counselors are specially trained staff and volunteers who can answer your questions about Medicare and provide you with objective, easy-to-understand information about Medicare, Medicare Supplemental Insurance, Medicaid, and Long-Term Care Insurance. An APPRISE counselor will be in our office every 3rd Monday starting in May 19th. She will be operating on an appointment only basis between the hours of 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Please use the below form to setup an appointment. Read more


Hope for Hannah legislation becomes law

(Dec 28, 2014)

Pennsylvania's children have a new protection thanks to Hannah's Law, named after Hannah Ginion of Bristol Township, who suffered from the rare genetic disorder called Krabbe disease. Hannah passed away on Dec. 28, 2014. Read more


Daley to host holiday open house

(Dec 22, 2014)

State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, will host a holiday open house from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 29 at her district office, 815 Fayette St., Suite 200, Conshohocken. Read more


Conshohocken receives $2.5 million to redevelop the Verizon building

(Dec 16, 2014)

State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, has been informed that Conshohocken was awarded $2.5 million in state funding from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. Read more


Beware IRS phone scams

(Nov 29, 2014)

Recently, my office received information about phone calls received statewide in which an individual claimed to be from the IRS and demanded payment on taxes owed. Please be aware – this phone call is a scam, and the IRS will NOT initiate first contact with you on the phone about taxes owed. Always be wary of unsolicited phone calls in which an individual claims to represent a business or government entity and aggressively demands payment. The IRS does not operate this way and will always send official correspondence through the mail to make its first contact with you. Read more


HEROIN: What you need to know about Pennsylvania’s Good Samaritan Law

(Nov 24, 2014)

Landmark legislation passed during the 2013-14 Legislative Session now allows first responders, including law enforcement, fire fighters, EMS or other organizations the ability to administer a medication known as naloxone, a life-saving opioid-overdose antidote. The law also allows individuals such as friends or family members who might be in a position to help a person at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose to obtain a prescription for naloxone. Additionally, Act 139 provides immunity from prosecution for those responding to and reporting overdoses. Read more


In the News: Dept. of Human Services name change better reflects mission

(Nov 24, 2014)

House Bill 993, which renamed the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare as the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, was signed into law as Act 132 during the 2013-14 Legislative Session. According to advocates for the change, renaming the department was long overdue, and as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported, the name change better reflects the department’s mission. Read more


Do you need help paying heating bills?

(Nov 24, 2014)

As we get into the coldest months of winter, many people are worried about affording their increasing heating costs. If you or someone you know qualifies, my office could help you take advantage of a program set up to curtail high home heating bills. Read more