Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Jan 01, 2016)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more

 

DeLissio: Constituents asking what the heck is happening in Harrisburg

(Dec 18, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 18 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., released the following statement today answering her constituents’ questions about the Pennsylvania budget impasse. She called the past week an “odyssey involving process, policy and, of course, politics” – all in the name of trying to pass a state budget that is more than five months past due. “Quite a few weeks back, the House and Senate Democrats and Republicans and the governor agreed on a framework for the budget,” DeLissio said. “This was indeed progress because as of the time of that agreement, the budget was about four months past due. A reasonable person could assume that with the commitments of all players that there was also a clear understanding that each caucus would be responsible for securing the necessary votes to pass the agreed to framework. The governor’s assistance could be expected, but the governor would not be reasonably expected to be the sole vote getter of votes in the House or Senate. “The framework represented a reasonable compromise between a newly elected governor of the minority party in the General Assembly and the House- and Senate-controlled majority party. Basic education would receive, after four years of diminished resources, a respectable infusion of funding. Human services would begin the longer journey to having many programs’ devastating cuts restored. The anticipated revenue to fund the Read more

 

DeLissio: House inaction today begs budget-mediation question

(Dec 11, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 11 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio today joined fellow Pennsylvania House Democrats in the Capitol to call for work on the budget, as opposed to the day off. "The citizens of the commonwealth have gone 164 days without a state budget for senior services, schools, health services and much, much more," said DeLissio, who represents parts of Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. "It came as a total surprise when the Speaker announced on the House floor yesterday that session was canceled for today. There was no reason offered for the cancelation. This is the third time the session schedule has been interrupted in the past four weeks when the expectation has been that we are in session until the budget is completed. We should be here every day until a budget is enacted, particularly due to the fact that a framework was agreed to by all four caucuses and the governor several weeks ago. It appears that the House Republicans are marching to a drummer that they alone are hearing. "These latest breakdowns toward the goal of a sustainable, fair and equitable budget are indicative of a negotiating body that would benefit from mediation. My recommendation for mediation was sent to the governor and House leaders before Thanksgiving." Read more

 

DeLissio: We Are Here To Work

(Dec 11, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Pam DeLissio says that she and her House Democratic colleagues are in the State Capitol ready to pass a budget and calls upon the House Speaker to bring the House back into session to work until the budget process is complete. Read more

 

DeLissio announces time-sensitive opportunity to open free PA college-savings plan

(Dec 10, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 10 – Pennsylvanians have until Dec. 31 to open a PA529 Savings Account for free, said state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. DeLissio said that pre-paying college costs can help make higher education more affordable by allowing families to begin paying now, at today's tuition rates, and allowing the investments to grow tax-free as long as the money is used for qualified education expenses. They also make great gifts, as anyone can contribute to an account, she added. The Pennsylvania Treasury Department established the PA 529 program to help Pennsylvanians budget for higher education expenses. Currently, the program hosts nearly 200,000 accounts, worth over $3.5 billion. Those who would like to establish an account can enroll a future student in a PA529 Guaranteed Savings Plan online for free through Dec. 31. The offer saves a $50 fee. To take advantage of the offer, use the enrollment code DeLissio . Families can also enter to win a $529 PA 529 account. Those interested can register at PA529.com/contest by Dec. 31. Contributions to accounts can be made through direct deposit, check, bank transfer and other methods. “The earlier you establish an account, the more time it will have to grow,” DeLissio said. “As always, if you have questions or comments on any state-related matter, please contact my office at 215-482-8726.” Read more

 

Workshop to help constituents make plans for future a success

(Dec 04, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 4 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., hosted a workshop on estate matters, covering the topics of living wills, powers of attorney and advanced directives on Thursday. The workshop was attended by over 40 participants. DeLissio was in Harrisburg at the time of the workshop, and in what she called a creative way to connect with her constituents from afar, staff used Facetime to open the presentation with greetings and a budget update from DeLissio. “Using today’s technology allowed me to accomplish the task of being in two places at one time,” said DeLissio, who added that her No. 1 focus is the state budget. Michele Mathes from the Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly guided the conversation with information addressing the “whys” and the “hows” on the importance of preparing documents that allow one to express personal choices regarding medical treatment and giving family members guidance and relieving family members of the burden of making such life and death decisions. “Discussing and addressing these matters regardless of age is essential to being prepared for the unexpected,” DeLissio said. “Many legally complicated cases concerning end-of-life decisions occur not only with older adults but with younger individuals who often do not plan for these circumstances.” DeLissio also said that high-profile cases involving Karen Quinlan Read more

 

DeLissio plans estate matters workshop, open house for December

(Dec 03, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 3 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio will host her second annual open house from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 at her constituent services office, 6511 Ridge Ave. Light refreshments will be served. All constituents in the 194th Legislative District are welcome to attend. “ Our open house last year was lively and fun, with neighbors and friends stopping in to say hello and checking out the services the district office provides,” she said. “It is an opportunity to ask questions and interact with me and staff, who can share information on state services and how we can best assist you. “You will also have the opportunity to find out if the Pennsylvania Treasury has any unclaimed property for you, enter a raffle for a day of shadowing me in Harrisburg, and post a favorite location in the 194th Legislative District on the ‘brag wall.’” Although not necessary, DeLissio said it would be helpful for attendees planning to attend to RSVP her office. To do that or obtain more information, constituents can call DeLissio’s office at 215-482-8726 or email RepDeLissio@pahouse.net . Read more

 

DeLissio urges governor, House leaders to employ mediator for state budget

(Nov 25, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 25 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., announced today that she recently sent a letter to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, House Majority Leader Dave Reed and House Minority Leader Frank Dermody, urging them to use the services of a mediator to negotiate the state budget. The suggestion is due to DeLissio observing that there appears to be no discernable process working in the current negotiations. In the letter, she wrote, “I am appreciative of the time and effort of everyone over the past five months and it is now time to approach these negotiations differently. “When a negotiation has extended for this period of time, and experiences the ups and downs and twists and turns that have happened over the past five months – and continue today – it seems to me that the assistance of a mediator is warranted.” In her letter, DeLissio recounted that she had consulted a well-regarded retired federal judge who, due to less-than-robust health, offered the name of another well-respected former federal court judge as a potential candidate. This retired judge, known for his intelligent, well-reasoned decisions while on the bench, has mediated more than 1,500 cases. She also noted in the letter that, “Constituents continue to urge me to find that necessary compromise that will address the structural deficit, and fairly and predictably fund public basic education and our critical human Read more

 

DeLissio opposes overreaching police-protection bill

(Nov 19, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 19 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., on Wednesday voted against H.B. 1538, which would prohibit investigators from releasing the name for an indeterminate period of time of a law enforcement officer involved in a shooting or use of force while on the job. “I think the jobs that first responders and police officers do are tremendously important – there’s no discussion about that,” she said. “This discussion is about how best to go about balancing transparency and protection, and House Bill 1538 does not achieve that balance.” DeLissio said that creating a state law to govern all cases would be overreaching and that local law enforcement departmental policies are currently in place to protect officers in those instances where additional concerns for safety are identified. Local law enforcement makes such decisions every day and has the ability to take into consideration many extenuating factors, she added. “Our law enforcement officers deserve first-rate protection in the course of performing their duties, and thankfully those policies exist,” DeLissio said. “They exist because we entrust our law enforcement community to use their professional judgement when determining the appropriate level of protection in cases involving a shooting or use of force. Since these policies and procedures are currently in place, it is not appropriate for legislators to make a blanket Read more

 

DeLissio plans estate matters workshop, open house for December

(Nov 19, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 19 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio will host her second annual open house from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at her constituent services office, 6511 Ridge Ave. Light refreshments will be served. All constituents in the 194th are welcome to attend. “ Our open house last year was lively and fun, with neighbors and friends stopping in to say hello and checking out the services the district office provides,” she said. “It is an opportunity to ask questions and interact with me and staff, who can share information on state services and how we can best assist you. “You will also have the opportunity to find out if the Pennsylvania Treasury has any unclaimed property for you, enter a raffle for a day of shadowing me in Harrisburg, and post a favorite location in the 194th Legislative District on the ‘brag wall.’” Although not necessary, DeLissio said it would be helpful for attendees planning to attend to RSVP her office. To do that or obtain more information, constituents can call DeLissio’s office at 215-482-8726 or email RepDeLissio@pahouse.net . Read more

 

DeLissio Opposes Overreaching Police-Protection Bill

(Nov 19, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery, on Nov. 18, 2015 voted against House Bill 1538, which would prohibit investigators from releasing the name of a law-enforcement officer involved in a shooting or use of force. She said that creating a law would be overreaching and that departmental protections are already in place to protect officers on a case-by-case basis. Read more

 

DeLissio November town hall set for Thursday, Nov. 19

(Nov 13, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 13 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., plans to hold her 52 nd town hall at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 in the Community Room at Falls Ridge Senior Housing, 4349 Ridge Ave. The community room can be accessed via Merrick Road into the parking lot behind East River Bank. In the event that the state House is in session through the end of next week, the meeting will be rescheduled for a later date. DeLissio will inform constituents of any postponement through a phone call, with an email, and on her Facebook and Twitter sites. DeLissio said town hall discussion will include the recently committee-approved legislation for the merit selection of Pennsylvania appellate judges – a topic she said is timely, given that expenditures in the recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court race topped $15 million. DeLissio has recently introduced legislation proposing the PA Health Care Plan, which is a single-payer system that will have no co-pays, deductibles or premiums. That plan will be discussed during the town hall, as well. Discussion will also include the state legislature’s continued efforts to set mandatory minimum sentences, thus prohibiting judges from considering circumstances on a case-by-case basis, DeLissio said. “I am committed to holding town hall meetings to engage and dialogue with my constituents,” DeLissio said. “The meetings are held in different parts of the district and at different Read more

 

DeLissio outlines minutes from fourth Town and Gown meeting on student life

(Nov 13, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 13 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., facilitated her fourth meeting with a coalition of universities comprising St. Joseph’s, Philadelphia, Temple and LaSalle – as well as representatives of civic associations in the 194th Legislative District – to discuss liquor control enforcement as it pertains to students who attend the universities and frequent bars and neighborhoods in the 194th. The goal of the group, also known as the Town and Gown Coalition, is to address the needs of the community and the universities regarding responsible drinking by students, and to identify ways to encourage students to be responsible neighbors as students on and off campus. “It was encouraging to hear the progress that the universities have made to educate and orient students to drinking responsibly and being good neighbors in the community,” DeLissio said. “Although not without incident, representatives of the civics present indicated that it has been a relatively quiet fall semester and reinforced their willingness to participate with the universities in such programs as the off-campus housing fairs. The civics also indicated that they would again publish contact information so that their members could address concerns directly with the St. Joe’s University Office of Public Safety and the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement.” Also included in the coalition are representatives of the 5th and Read more

 

DeLissio: Pa. Supreme Court tilt should not lead to familiar redistricting hijinks

(Nov 06, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 6 – Following this week’s election in Pennsylvania, which saw three new Democratic judges voted to the state Supreme Court, state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., wants to ensure that the pendulum of redistricting power does not swing into any one party’s favor. “As a state legislator I am very familiar with the redistricting process, and my first thought is to remain hopeful that the new majority of Democratic judges helps legislative majorities break from what has become the unfortunate tradition of gerrymandering our state Senate and House districts in Pennsylvania,” she said. When Tuesday’s election results are certified, Pennsylvania will have five Democratic judges on the Supreme Court, to two Republicans. The state Supreme Court historically wields great influence on the approval of redistricted legislative maps that are updated each decade in concert with the U.S. Census. “In a perfect world, all politics would be removed from redistricting and a number of legislative initiatives have been proposed to accomplish just that,” DeLissio said, “but as we’ve seen in sessions past, this legislation does not even get a hearing let alone a vote. Many could argue successfully that there are few remaining politically competitive districts across Pennsylvania and that the lack of fairly drawn districts is eroding the political process in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C. Read more

 

DeLissio to introduce legislation to offer health care plan options

(Oct 29, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 29 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., announced she plans on introducing legislation next week that would provide health care coverage in Pennsylvania at a lower cost with freedom to choose health care providers. The legislation will be H.B. 1688 after it is introduced. DeLissio said her Pennsylvania Health Care Plan sets out a blueprint of bold steps that would result in a healthier citizenry without the burden of co-pays, deductibles, premiums or concern about networks. This legislation is possible because the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act allows states the option to innovate with their own health care plan as long as the proposed plan is more economical and efficient. This proposed legislation meets that criteria and the option for the states to innovate becomes available in 2017, DeLissio said. "This legislation improves upon our current health care system by preserving the private practice of medicine and the right of patients to choose their health care providers," DeLissio said. "It would ensure the cost effective delivery of covered services that range from catastrophic care to wellness and preventative care. Health Care Providers would have autonomy over patient care." "A significant benefit to Plan participants is knowing definitively their healthcare cost exposure for the year." DeLissio added the Pennsylvania Health Care Plan would be supported by Read more

 

DeLissio’s Achieving Financial Wellness Workshop is Thursday, Nov. 5

(Oct 28, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 28 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, Montgomery/Phila., will host an Achieving Financial Wellness Workshop at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5 in the Wolcoff Auditorium at the Roxborough Memorial Hospital, 5800 Ridge Ave. in Philadelphia 19128. “Are you on the path to financial wellness? Are you meeting your budgeting goals? Do credit scores baffle you? Come to my Achieving Financial Wellness Workshop on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, at 7 p.m. in the Wolcoff Auditorium at the Roxborough Memorial Hospital, 5800 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia 19128,” she said. A representative of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) will be presenting on the topics of Budgeting and Establishing Financial Priorities, and the difference between good debt and bad debt. The workshop will focus on practical everyday tips and ideas that many households will find useful. DeLissio said the workshop is intended for everyone who would like to get more out of their money, regardless of income level. Although it is not necessary, it would be helpful for planning purposes if interested attendees RSVP by contacting DeLissio’s office at 215-482-8726. Read more

 

DeLissio: Criminal-record expungement bill would lift hiring opportunities

(Oct 28, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 28 – Legislation that would allow Pennsylvanians to expunge second- and third-degree misdemeanors from their criminal records is vital in giving people a better chance for success in the job market, thus helping the economy, said state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, who voted for the measure. Language that would allow criminal-record expungement in certain situations passed the House of Representatives on Tuesday as part of an amended Senate bill. The expungement language was a compromise among legislators and inserted into Sen. Stewart Greenleaf’s S.B. 166 in an amendment offered by state Rep. Ron Marsico. “People make mistakes when they're young, and it often destroys their chance many years later to get a job or start a career,” she said. “Not only does that unnecessarily punish the person, but it diminishes Pennsylvania’s economic output when it keeps otherwise good people from jobs they could perform well in.” S.B. 166 , as amended, would allow a person convicted of a third- or second-degree misdemeanor to request the opportunity to appear before a judge and ask for an order for limited access of their criminal record if at least 10 years have passed since they completed their sentence. Criminal-justice and government agencies would not be subject to the order for limited access, and they would still be able to see a person’s entire criminal record. All violent offenses punishable by Read more

 

Pa. plan for merit-based judge selections clears House Judiciary Committee

(Oct 22, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 22 – Legislation to replace the current process of voting for politically backed appellate judges in Pennsylvania with a merit-selection system was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, said state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, an early co-sponsor of the bill. DeLissio said that House Bill 1336 is necessary to end the current practice of judicial candidates campaigning – and the need to raise campaign funds to mount such judicial races – and to provide the means to select judges based on merit. Under the bill, merit selection would employ a bipartisan citizens’ nominating commission of lawyers and non-lawyers selected by elected officials to review applicants’ qualifications and recommend a short list to the governor for nomination. After Senate confirmation, a judge would sit for four years and then voters would determine if the judge serves an additional 10-year term. "Merit selection for judges has been a topic that has interested me for many years," said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. "I’ve always been fascinated on Election Day when judges are up for election, whether it’s the primary or the general election, and I – as a fairly astute voter – would scramble to try to understand what their backgrounds and credentials and qualifications are and look for the bar recommendations and to understand who I was voting for, but it’s very difficult for voters to find the Read more

 

DeLissio reminds constituents of services offered in district office

(Oct 22, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 22 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio outlined today the services and assistance that can be provided at her constituent services office at 6511 Ridge Ave. The office is at the epicenter of the 194th Legislative District, no more than about 3 miles from any district border, with plenty of free parking, she said. The office is served by the 9 and 35 SEPTA bus routes. A map of the district can be found at www.PaHouse.com/DeLissio/About/District . "My role as state representative is to ensure that constituents of the 194th are represented in the law-making process in Harrisburg," said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. "The laws that are passed – or not passed – affect our everyday lives. While my focus is on being the best legislator I can be, my district staff strive to be the best at delivering constituent services. "Leza Perkins, Merle Zucker and Jen Wallace handle both the mundane as well as the more stressful challenges of ensuring that state government is meeting constituents’ needs." DeLissio said that if a constituent’s matter is related to local or federal government, her office will make a referral to the appropriate office. "We strive to provide a welcoming, informative, and pleasant experience in helping constituents to untangle and address a variety of state-related issues, particularly when a matter appears to be ‘stuck on stupid,’" she said. The following Read more

 

DeLissio to outline budget impasse factors at Oct. 22 town hall

(Oct 15, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 15 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will hold her next town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 in the Wolcoff Auditorium of Roxborough Memorial Hospital, 5800 Ridge Ave. She will discuss the status of the yet-to-be-passed 2015/16 state budget. "Many folks are curious about why the state budget is late,” DeLissio said. “We will talk about the ongoing state-budget impasse and why the budget is over 107 days late and counting. We will also discuss the proposed tax increases using real numbers and not just descriptive adjectives such as ‘massive’ or ‘an increase of historic proportions.’ “We will also discuss why it is imperative that budget negotiations coalesce into a budget that includes sustainable and predictable revenue. At this time, I am very concerned that some of that revenue could emanate from the approval of Internet gambling. “I will address where the budget discussions have been, and what is happening to get negotiations that will result in a budget being passed for the citizens of the commonwealth. Critical financial impacts are already taking place, and I am committed to doing my best to communicate with my constituents the budget efforts taking place and how constituents can help to end this budget impasse." For more information, constituents are encouraged to contact DeLissio's constituent service office at 215-482-8726. Read more

 

Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property
Jan 01, 2016

DeLissio: Constituents asking what the heck is happening in Harrisburg
Dec 18, 2015

DeLissio: House inaction today begs budget-mediation question
Dec 11, 2015

DeLissio: We Are Here To Work
Dec 11, 2015

DeLissio announces time-sensitive opportunity to open free PA college-savings plan
Dec 10, 2015

Workshop to help constituents make plans for future a success
Dec 04, 2015

DeLissio plans estate matters workshop, open house for December
Dec 03, 2015

DeLissio urges governor, House leaders to employ mediator for state budget
Nov 25, 2015

DeLissio opposes overreaching police-protection bill
Nov 19, 2015

DeLissio plans estate matters workshop, open house for December
Nov 19, 2015

DeLissio Opposes Overreaching Police-Protection Bill
Nov 19, 2015

DeLissio November town hall set for Thursday, Nov. 19
Nov 13, 2015

DeLissio outlines minutes from fourth Town and Gown meeting on student life
Nov 13, 2015

DeLissio: Pa. Supreme Court tilt should not lead to familiar redistricting hijinks
Nov 06, 2015

DeLissio to introduce legislation to offer health care plan options
Oct 29, 2015

DeLissio’s Achieving Financial Wellness Workshop is Thursday, Nov. 5
Oct 28, 2015

DeLissio: Criminal-record expungement bill would lift hiring opportunities
Oct 28, 2015

Pa. plan for merit-based judge selections clears House Judiciary Committee
Oct 22, 2015

DeLissio reminds constituents of services offered in district office
Oct 22, 2015

DeLissio to outline budget impasse factors at Oct. 22 town hall
Oct 15, 2015