WATCH: 101st Town Hall Updates on Election, State Budget and Henry Avenue Safety Improvement Plan

(Nov 24, 2020)

Listen to the discussion about efforts to ensure every vote counts, the state budget, and an update on the safety improvement plan for Henry Avenue. Read more

 

E-BLAST: Every Vote Counts; Join me for my 101st Town Hall Nov. 24th

(Nov 13, 2020)

Dear Neighbor, According to election results posted on the PA Department of State website at dos.pa.gov, I am honored to continue to serve as your elected state representative in the 194th Legislative District for the 2021-2022 session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Read more

 

RESCHEDULED: DeLissio to host 101st Town Hall meeting Nov. 24

(Nov 06, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 10 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio has rescheduled her 101 st Town Hall meeting, which will now take place virtually at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24. The meeting had to be rescheduled because of additional House session days added to the calendar. Topics of discussion will include efforts to ensure every vote counts, the state budget and an update on the safety improvement plan for Henry Avenue. “In the wake of the election, there’s critical legislative work ahead and there are important updates to discuss,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “I’m looking forward to gathering virtually with residents of the 194 th District to share information and hear their feedback on the issues facing our state.” The meeting will be held via Zoom. Anyone who wants to participate through Zoom must register in advance of 9:30 a.m. Nov. 24 at this link or by email at RepDeLissio@pahouse.net for the Zoom details. Zoom login information will then be sent by staff. Participants should look for that email in advance of the Town Hall. Comments or questions can be posted live in the chat. Every effort will be made to respond live to questions and comments posted during the Town Hall. Comments or questions can also be emailed in advance to RepDeLissio@pahouse.net , or a message can be left at 215-482-8726. The Town Hall can also be viewed on Read more

 

East Falls NOW Article: When it Comes to Rating a Fair Agenda: PA Scores Zero

(Nov 01, 2020)

The Pennsylvania General Assembly meets in a two-year session and we are winding down to the end of our 2019-2020 session on November 30. Plenty of bills have been introduced this session, fewer brought to the floor for a vote, and very few signed into law. Why is this? According to a study conducted by Fair Vote, a national nonpartisan organization advocating for electoral reform, PA scores zero on an index of the fairness of rules governing the legislative agenda in its state chambers. You may ask, why does PA score zero? We score zero because our legislative leaders have significant control and power over what bills run in committee and what bills run on the floor of each chamber. Of the 99 legislative chambers in the United States, (Nebraska has a unicameral legislature) 23 chambers require committees to hear all bills; 18 chambers require committees to report all bills and 33 chambers automatically place bills reported from committee on the agenda for a floor vote. If you are looking for a fair state that has received a 100% score on this fairness index, we can look to Colorado for an example. The legislature in Colorado has truly been committed to reform by requiring each bill submitted to the Colorado legislature to receive a full hearing and a committee vote, ending the Rules Committee which party leaders often used to stop legislation from reaching a full floor vote , and cementing their rules in their Read more

 

East Falls Local Article: What’s In a Name?

(Nov 01, 2020)

Planned Parenthood. I like the name. I like the concept. Planning your family. Planning to be a parent. As many of us know, being a parent is a serious and life-long responsibility. This responsibility brings some of the greatest joys and worries we can experience. Therefore, doing our best to ensure that we, as individuals or as a couple, are in the best position to support, nurture and care for children is a good and laudable way to approach parenthood. Interestingly and unfortunately, Planned Parenthood gets caught up in the debate on abortion care with little to no recognition by some that their services are much broader and much deeper and necessary. However, due to the actions of the current federal administration all of the services of Planned Parenthood have been placed in jeopardy. Title X is the nation’s federal family planning program, created under the Nixon Administration to ensure access to affordable birth control and reproductive health care. Planned Parenthood has participated in the program since its inception, and has been the largest provider in the program, serving 40 percent of all Title X patients. Services under Title X include diagnostic exams, pap tests, breast cancer screenings, pregnancy testing, birth control, sexually transmitted infections (STI) and HIV screening and treatment. Clinics now have to draw a “bright line” between abortion care services and all Read more

 

E-BLAST: Free Shred Event Tomorrow; 100th Town Hall Monday,10/26 @ 7; Have You Voted?

(Oct 23, 2020)

Come out for my last FREE fall Shred Event this Saturday Read more

 

DeLissio to host 100th Town Hall meeting virtually Oct. 26

(Oct 16, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 16 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will host her 100 th Town Hall meeting via Facebook Live and possibly Zoom at 7 p.m. Oct. 26. Topics will include the upcoming election, the state budget and House legislative updates. “As we approach the 100 th meeting, I’m very proud of this commitment to have ongoing dialogue with my constituents. Whether we have a handful of attendees or 100, the discussions are valuable, and it’s important for me to hear residents’ thoughts on state policy issues,” DeLissio said. “I remain committed to keeping my constituents informed and hearing their views, and these virtual events have proven to be an effective way to keep up communication during the pandemic.” Anyone interested should visit www.facebook.com/RepDeLissio a few minutes before 7 p.m. on Oct. 26. Comments or questions can be posted live in the comment stream on Facebook Live during the town hall, or they can be emailed in advance to RepDeLissio@pahouse.net , or a message can be left at 215-482-8726. The town hall might also be conducted via Zoom. To inquire if Zoom will be available, those interested should email RepDeLissio@pahouse.net and include their full address and name. This will be DeLissio’s eighth consecutive town hall virtually since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak and mitigation efforts necessitated different means to Read more

 

DeLissio to host free shred event Oct. 24

(Oct 16, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 16 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio will host a free shred event Saturday, Oct. 24 to help constituents safely dispose of unwanted personal documents. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Main Street Theatre parking lot, 3720 Main St., Manayunk. “This is the final shred event I’ve scheduled this fall, and I’m pleased to provide this opportunity for residents of the 194 th Legislative District to dispose of old documents,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “Shredding is environmentally friendly and a great way to protect yourself from identity theft.” The event will be held rain or shine. Attendees must wear masks and practice social distancing . Shredding will be done on-site with COVID-19 protocols in place, and all shredded paper will be recycled. There is a limit of four grocery bags or banker boxes per household, and attendees will be asked to transport their materials from their vehicles to the bins for shredding. Newspapers, magazines and journals will not be accepted. The event will end sooner than 11 a.m. if the truck is full. Common types of unwanted items for shredding include credit card statements, credit card applications, bank and investment statements, canceled checks, income tax information, insurance and health records, and retirement or pension fund information. Anyone Read more

 

DeLissio notified of ‘close contact’ with COVID-19 case

(Oct 02, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 2 – On Thursday, Oct. 1, state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio was notified that she was a ‘close contact’ on Sept. 29 to another member who tested positive for COVID-19. A close contact is identified as an individual who was within 6 feet or less for a duration of longer than 10 minutes of a probable or confirmed case. The exposure happened at the House Health Committee meeting on Tuesday afternoon. DeLissio has been directed to self-quarantine for 14 days and her quarantine will end on Oct. 14. The representative will also arrange to be tested in the next few days and will make those results known to her constituents. The House’s scheduled session on Oct. 1 was canceled due to the disclosure of the member who tested positive. DeLissio returned home to her district that afternoon. The next scheduled session day is Monday, Oct. 19. “I was surprised when I learned that my colleague and friend Representative Paul Schemel disclosed that he had COVID, and I immediately remembered having sat next to him during the Health Committee meeting,” DeLissio said. DeLissio further commented that she was not surprised when she got the call identifying her as a close contact and directing her to self-quarantine. “I will miss being at Farmers’ Markets for the next two weekends, answering questions about mail-in voting, satellite offices and polling locations, and I will endeavor Read more

 

East Falls Local Article: Drawing Fair Maps

(Oct 01, 2020)

By State Representatives Jared Solomon (202nd District), Jim Gregory (80th District), and Pamela A. DeLissio (194th District) Crises loom everywhere during these turbulent times, so you would be forgiven if the issue of gerrymandering was far down on your list of priorities. But it should not be. In fact, it plays a significant role in how your state legislature and elected U.S. Representatives handle the myriad threats, upheavals, and opportunities we face right now. As is currently the process in state senate, state representative and congressional redistricting, due to gerrymandering, our elected officials select their voters by redrawing the boundaries in a partisan manner. Efforts have been made for decades to place the boundary line drawing process in the hands of an Independent Redistricting Commission. Those efforts have never succeeded. The people of Pennsylvania and some of its elected leaders have long known and lamented that Congressional redistricting is a partisan process. The bill to redraw these boundaries just needs to pass the PA General Assembly and be signed by the Governor; the same process used to rename a bridge. We should note that redrawing state legislative boundaries is done by a party-backed commission that would require a Constitutional amendment to change, the opportunity for which, at least in 2020, has already come and gone. So in this age of polarization, it is noteworthy when a Republican from Read more

 

East Falls NOW Article: The ABC’s of Voting in a Pandemic

(Oct 01, 2020)

Voting should be easier in this pandemic – but act now! Our lives have been overshadowed since March by COVID-19. The pandemic has impacted how we live, work and play -- and how we vote. In the June primary the city’s polling places were consolidated due to a shortage of poll workers and a lack of available locations. For example, firehouses were not an option, and neither were senior living facilities. But for the primary election “no excuse” mail-in ballots were available for the first time in Pennsylvania. It was beyond fortuitous that their use was proposed and signed into law in October 2019, well before we knew of COVID 19. Because much information is being shared that is less than accurate, please make sure you know and are confident that your source of the information regarding voting is reliable. As always, on Nov. 3 you will be able to vote at the polls. The city will finalize polling locations no later than 20 days before election day. Those locations will depend on the number of poll workers available to staff the polls and the number of locations that can be secured to host the polls. If you want to be a poll worker, it is a paid position. Please email pollworkers@phila.gov or call 215-685-4811. You also can vote by mail. It’s easy. Visit votespa.com/applymailballot. If you applied for the primary and want to verify whether you automatically will receive a Read more

 

DeLissio to host two free shred events in October

(Sep 25, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 25 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio will host two free shred events during October to help constituents safely dispose of unwanted personal documents. “Shredding is an environmentally friendly way for residents to dispose of documents they no longer need without compromising their personal information,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “I’m pleased to be able to host these events to help residents of the 194 th Legislative District protect themselves from identity theft.” The events will be held as follows: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, Magisterial District Courthouse parking lot, 925 Montgomery Ave., Narberth, 19072 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, Main Street Theatre parking lot, 3720 Main St., Manayunk – Please note this new location. Both events will be held rain or shine. Attendees must wear masks and practice social distancing . Shredding will be done on site with COVID-19 protocols in place, and all shredded paper will be recycled. There is a limit of four grocery bags or banker boxes per household, and attendees will be asked to transport their materials from their vehicles to the bins for shredding. Newspapers, magazines and journals will not be accepted. The event will end sooner than 11 a.m. if the truck is full. Common types of unwanted items for shredding include credit card statements, credit card applications, bank and Read more

 

DeLissio announces $76K grant for Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

(Sep 25, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 25 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio announced that the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education was awarded a grant of $76,300 for rehabilitation of its Tall Trees Nature Playscape. The grant was awarded through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ 2020 Community Conservation Partnerships Program. The project funded will include construction of a nature play area, ADA access, landscaping and other related improvements. “The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education has been educating the greater Philadelphia community about the environment for more than 50 years. This grant will help renovate and expand the center’s playscape, add new interactive features and establish the center as a natural play destination for the region,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “I was pleased to support this project and appreciate the center’s efforts to engage our community in a variety of educational activities throughout the year.” Mike Weilbacher, executive director of the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education said, “ We so appreciate DCNR's grant for this important project, as our playscape is intended to be a resource for the entire community, where families can come explore and play using all-natural materials. This grant moves our project forward in a very important way, and we're so thankful for Pam DeLissio's support of this Read more

 

WATCH: 99th Town Hall Updates on Voting, the Census, Unemployment Compensation, & the State Budget

(Sep 23, 2020)

Listen to the discussion about voting, the census, unemployment compensation and the state budget. Read more

 

E-BLAST: Join my 99th Town Hall Meeting; Respond to the Census; Voting Updates; Unemployment Compensation; the state budget

(Sep 18, 2020)

Dear Neighbor,My 99th Town Hall meeting will be held via Facebook Live and Microsoft Teams at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22. Topics to be discussed include the state budget, voting on Nov. 3, the 2020 census, and unemployment compensation. Read more

 

DeLissio to host 99th Town Hall Sept. 22

(Sep 18, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will host her 99 th Town Hall meeting via Facebook Live and Microsoft Teams at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22. Topics to be discussed include the state budget, voting updates for the Nov. 3 general election, the 2020 census and the unemployment compensation process. “These topics are all vitally important, and the global pandemic has caused many changes and developments in recent months. I look forward to sharing updates and having an informative discussion with my constituents,” DeLissio said. This will be DeLissio’s seventh consecutive town hall via Facebook Live since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak and mitigation efforts necessitated different means to communicate and provide information. She said her office has continued to explore different platforms for hosting town halls and, to date Facebook Live was the best choice as she is not permitted to use Zoom by her caucus. For this town hall she has also added the opportunity for constituents to participate via Microsoft Teams. “Residents from all parts of the 194 th District are welcome to join me for this discussion,” DeLissio said. “I’m looking forward to hosting in-person town halls when we can gather safely once again, but these virtual events have proven to be an effective way to communicate.” Those interested in joining the meeting via Read more

 

DeLissio to co-host free shred event Sept. 13

(Sep 04, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 4 – State Rep. Pam DeLissio is co-hosting a free shredding event to help residents safely dispose of unwanted personal documents. The event, co-hosted by state Reps. Mary Jo Daley and Greg Vitali, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, or until the truck is full, Sept. 13 at Beth David Reform Congregation, 1130 Vaughan Lane, Gladwyne. “Shredding is a good way to securely dispose of documents containing confidential information,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “I’m pleased to be able to offer this opportunity for residents of my district, so they can protect their personal information as they clean out their old papers. This is one of several shred events I’ll be hosting this fall.” This is a rain-or-shine event. Attendees must wear masks and practice social distancing . Shredding will be done on site with COVID-19 protocols in place, and all shredded paper will be recycled. There is a limit of four grocery bags or banker boxes per household, and attendees will be asked to transport their materials from their vehicles to the bins for shredding. Newspapers, magazines and journals will not be accepted. Common types of unwanted items for shredding include credit card statements, credit card applications, bank and investment statements, canceled checks, income tax information, insurance and health records, and retirement or pension fund information. An additional two Read more

 

East Falls Local Article: Citizens Demand Action

(Sep 01, 2020)

PennDOT’s Highway Safety Improvement Project (SIP) for Henry Avenue was initiated in 2012 and is a safety study paid for by federal funds. When I first learned about this study, I was greatly relieved. Henry Avenue is a scary place to drive, a chilling place to walk, and when cars go crash in the night (or even during the day), a terrifying place to live. The study included community involvement, and the outcome of the study recommends traffic calming measures to influence and encourage a decrease in speed. PennDOT met with civic associations in 2012 and 2013 to get input from the community and held a public meeting in September 2014. Please know, I was the ONLY attendee at this public meeting. I hosted three additional meetings to give the community further opportunity for review and input. At both the Oct. 8, 2015 and Feb. 11, 2016 meetings, PennDOT staff, the city Streets Department, local and state law enforcement, and the councilman’s office were in attendance. Additional input was received from citizens, and PennDOT included much of that input into the planned improvements. As far as I was concerned, this study could not conclude fast enough in order to start on the implementation of the recommendations. I have yet to meet anyone who does not think that traffic calming measures need to happen, sooner rather than later, if possible. At some point along the way, the safety plan was split into two segments due to the Read more

 

East Falls Now Article: Everyone Counts

(Sep 01, 2020)

You may think it is too late to be counted as part of the decennial census, but I assure you it is not. The U.S. Census is a topic that has been in the news as of late, and understanding its impact is important in considering WHY it has been in the news. First, the census is a once every 10-year event when all persons residing in the United States are counted. The first census was conducted in 1790. The Census Bureau is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce . The purpose of the census is to provide facts and figures about America’s people, places, and economy. Why is this counting ritual so important? It is critical to know how many people live in the country and more specifically where they reside locally because this information determines how money is distributed from the federal government to state and local governments. The federal government uses census numbers to allocate more than $675 billion in federal funds annually. This information also determines how many U.S. Representatives Pennsylvania can elect to Congress. In 1970 Pennsylvania had 25 seats in Congress; in 1992 our congressional delegation was 21. In 2022 our congressional delegation is anticipated to number 17, losing one seat from our current 18. This population information also determines how boundaries are redrawn for state senate and representative districts. On August 3, 2020, the Census Bureau confirmed that they will be accelerating Read more

 

Summer 2020 Newsletter

(Aug 27, 2020)

Dear Neighbor, There continues to be uncertainty about the impact of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19; its historic impact is not yet written. Read more

 

WATCH: 101st Town Hall Updates on Election, State Budget and Henry Avenue Safety Improvement Plan
Nov 24, 2020

E-BLAST: Every Vote Counts; Join me for my 101st Town Hall Nov. 24th
Nov 13, 2020

RESCHEDULED: DeLissio to host 101st Town Hall meeting Nov. 24
Nov 06, 2020

East Falls NOW Article: When it Comes to Rating a Fair Agenda: PA Scores Zero
Nov 01, 2020

East Falls Local Article: What’s In a Name?
Nov 01, 2020

E-BLAST: Free Shred Event Tomorrow; 100th Town Hall Monday,10/26 @ 7; Have You Voted?
Oct 23, 2020

DeLissio to host 100th Town Hall meeting virtually Oct. 26
Oct 16, 2020

DeLissio to host free shred event Oct. 24
Oct 16, 2020

DeLissio notified of ‘close contact’ with COVID-19 case
Oct 02, 2020

East Falls Local Article: Drawing Fair Maps
Oct 01, 2020

East Falls NOW Article: The ABC’s of Voting in a Pandemic
Oct 01, 2020

DeLissio to host two free shred events in October
Sep 25, 2020

DeLissio announces $76K grant for Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Sep 25, 2020

WATCH: 99th Town Hall Updates on Voting, the Census, Unemployment Compensation, & the State Budget
Sep 23, 2020

E-BLAST: Join my 99th Town Hall Meeting; Respond to the Census; Voting Updates; Unemployment Compensation; the state budget
Sep 18, 2020

DeLissio to host 99th Town Hall Sept. 22
Sep 18, 2020

DeLissio to co-host free shred event Sept. 13
Sep 04, 2020

East Falls Local Article: Citizens Demand Action
Sep 01, 2020

East Falls Now Article: Everyone Counts
Sep 01, 2020

Summer 2020 Newsletter
Aug 27, 2020