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

 

Holiday Safety Tips

(Dec 16, 2016)

As family and friends decorate their homes and gather to celebrate the holidays, Pennsylvania Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay and Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller offer some tips to ensure everyone stays safe this holiday season. 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

 

Daley teams up with APPRISE for Medicare counseling

(Oct 20, 2016)

The open enrollment period for Medicare runs through December 7, and I invite you to come meet with a state-trained APPRISE counselor to receive beneficial information about Medicare and other health insurance options for seniors. The meetings will be held in my district office at 815 Fayette St., Conshohocken: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 26 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 16 The APPRISE counselor will discuss Medicare enrollment, Parts A through D, prescription-drug plans, Medicare Advantage plans and other health insurance options. I am co-sponsoring these meetings with APPRISE to help you understand your Medicare and other health benefits. I believe the counselor will help you make sound decisions about what is best for your health care coverage. Please call my office at 610-832-1679 to reserve a seat or for more information. Read more

 

ABLE Act soon to be up and running

(Oct 20, 2016)

Earlier this year, the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act – the ABLE Act -- passed the House and the Senate and was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf. The law is aimed at helping people living with disabilities and their families be more financially secure. The ABLE Act provides families with a savings account without jeopardizing eligibility for important programs that their loved ones depend on. Under the new law, benefits of the program include: Savings of up to $14,000 each year; Tax-free growth; Use of the account to pay for a wide range of disability-related expenses; Federal and state income tax-free withdrawals when used for qualified disability expenses; and Exemption from the Pennsylvania inheritance tax. The Office of State Treasurer hopes to offer enrollment in the PA ABLE Savings Program in December. Please visit this website for more information, including updates and enrollment materials as the ABLE Act nears implementation. Read more

 

Daley hails $1 million grant for Conshohocken

(Oct 17, 2016)

CONSHOHOCKEN, Oct. 17 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, applauded a Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant totaling $1 million to help transform a former brownfield site in Conshohocken into office space and create high-paying jobs. Daley said the grant will assist in paying for the construction of a 300,000-square-foot office building along the Schuylkill River. The project is expected to generate thousands of medical, technological and education jobs for the c ommonwealth within the next three years. "These jobs will keep Pennsylvania competitive, and will also give our young people an incentive either to stay in our area or return home once they finish college," Daley said. "I’m happy this project converts land that has been only marginally useful into improved, state-of-the-art business space that could provide a positive economic impact to our community." Daley thanked Gov. Tom Wolf for approving the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant. The RACP grant program is administered by the G overnor’s Office of the Budget to foster economic, cultural, civic and historical projects with significant potential for improving economic growth and new jobs. Read more

 

Daley to host free paper shredding event Saturday, Oct. 15

(Oct 11, 2016)

CONSHOHOCKEN, Oct. 11 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley announced she will host a free shredding event from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 in the Magisterial District Court parking lot next to Staples at 901 Montgomery Ave., Penn Valley. "This event is always a great success and my constituents appreciate an easy and safe way to destroy unwanted documents that contain their personal information,” Daley said. "I'm pleased that my staff and I can provide this public service to protect constituents from identity thieves.” Unwanted items that should be shredded include credit card statements, credit card applications, bank statements, canceled checks, income tax information, insurance records and retirement or pension fund information. Residents are asked to not bring items that include plastics, such as page protectors, binders and checkbook covers; and metals, such as large spring clips, wire from wire-bound notebooks and file folders with metal prongs. Cassettes, binders, plastics, magazines, newspapers and books also will not be accepted. This event is only for residential documents. Business documents will not be accepted. Documents will be shredded on site. For more information, residents may call Daley’s office at 610-832-1679. Read more

 

Voting info available by text; Deadlines approaching; Voter intimidation against the law

(Oct 11, 2016)

An estimated 2 million eligible Pennsylvanians aren't registered to vote. Oct. 11 is the deadline to register before the Nov. 8 election, when candidates for president, U.S. senator and other offices will be on the ballot. Pennsylvania now has online registration at www.votespa.com . Other important deadlines: Nov. 1: Last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot; and Nov. 4: Last day to return a completed civilian absentee ballot. To be eligible to vote in Pennsylvania, you must be at least 18 on or before the next election and be a U.S. citizen and resident of the district you are registering in for at least one month before the upcoming election. Pennsylvania recently launched a voter registration text messaging service. Eligible Pennsylvanians can text the word "PA" to "2Vote" (28683) on their smartphones. The user will receive a link that provides direct access to the online voter registration application, voter registration status, polling place locator and link to contacts for county offices and the Department of State. Also, despite a common misconception, people convicted of a crime may still have the right to vote. More information about voting with a criminal conviction in Pennsylvania can be found here . The Department of State’s website votespa.com , available in English and Spanish , offers printable voter registration applications , and a polling place locator . It also includes tips for first-time Read more

 

Daley Celebrates Area Veterans

(Sep 30, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Jo Daley held a Veterans Tribute Breakfast to honor the local men & women who selflessly served our country. Michael Hansen of Power Home Remodeling was the guest speaker, highlighting their veterans employment program. Read more

 

Laws to help working moms who breastfeed still meet resistance

(Sep 20, 2016)

To spread the net even wider, State Rep. Mary Jo Daley (D., Montgomery) has been fighting for state legislation since 2014. Her most recent effort, House Bill 1100, introduced in May 2015, has remained in the Labor and Industry Committee since a hearing in the spring. Read more

 

Summer 2016 Newsletter

(Aug 19, 2016)

Read Rep. Daley's summer newsletter here. Read more

 

Daley commemorates World Breastfeeding Week in Pa.

(Aug 04, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 4 – State Reps. Mary Jo Daley (D-Montgomery) and David Parker (R-Monroe) today announced that they have introduced House Resolution 965 in support of “World Breastfeeding Week” during the first week of August. “Rep. Daley and I have joined forces to stress the need for our workplaces to improve accommodations for breastfeeding mothers,” Parker said. “In addition to this resolution, we have introduced House Bill 1100, which would enable more breastfeeding mothers to have a sanitary place to privately express breast milk for their baby at their workplace. That measure is still pending in the House Labor and Industry Committee.” House Resolution 965 designates Aug. 1–7, as World Breastfeeding Week. This weeklong effort to raise awareness to the health benefits of breastfeeding was designed by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, a group which advocates for a concerted global action to support women who breastfeed. This year’s theme for World Breastfeeding Week is on raising awareness of the links between breastfeeding and the Sustainable Development Goals. By recognizing that breastfeeding is a key to sustainable development, we will value our wellbeing from the start of life, respect each other and care for the world we share. “Study after study makes it abundantly clear – both mothers and children benefit from breast milk,” Daley said. “For most babies, Read more