DeLissio urges drivers to heed speed limit on Henry Avenue

(Sep 11, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 11 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio recently received a petition from about 60 constituents who live on or near the upper part of Henry Avenue requesting PennDOT to control speeding between Port Royal Avenue and Livezy Lane. The petition was filed as a safety request and describes that portion of Henry Avenue as a “speedway.” DeLissio said that she would describe almost the entire stretch of Henry Avenue, down to where it intersects with Hunting Park, as a speedway. At various meetings in the last month, PennDOT officials and DeLissio reviewed and discussed proposed safety improvements, which are the result of an almost two-year federally funded safety study. During the course of the study, PennDOT presented at many civic association meetings in the Roxborough area. PennDOT will present again and update the community on the timeline for the installation of new signal equipment, ADA curb-ramp construction, pavement markings and other improvements to increase safety for pedestrians at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 in the Wolcoff Auditorium at Roxborough Memorial Hospital, 5800 Ridge Ave. There is ample free parking in the Jamestown lot. “The speed limit on Henry Avenue is 35 miles per hour,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “I pledge to not exceed the speed limit. I am certain many folks will be flying past me wondering why I am driving so slowly. My response will be, ‘to ensure everyone’s safe Read more

 

DeLissio announces Sept 19 free shredding event, fall events

(Sep 03, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 3 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio today announced her fall schedule of events. 50 th Town Hall is open format At 7 p.m. Sept. 17, DeLissio will hold her 50th Town Hall Meeting at Cathedral Village, 600 E. Cathedral Road in Philadelphia. “We will be having an ‘Open Mic’ night, so that constituents of the 194th can come and share their thoughts about ideas and policies that they believe the state legislature should be focused on,” DeLissio said. Members of Gov. Tom Wolf’s cabinet have been invited, and if available, will be able to respond directly to constituent questions. “Fifty is a special milestone, and our last town hall at this location drew a crowd of over 70 constituents. This should be another informative exchange and an opportunity to have your voice heard,” she said. Ample free parking will be available. Shredding event helps protect identities From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sept. 19, DeLissio will hold a free shredding event. Residents of the 194th Legislative District can bring up to five bags of personal documents to be shredded on-site until 11 a.m. or until the truck is full; whichever is first. The event will take place in the Roxborough Municipal Lot at 514 Dupont St., located just off of Ridge Avenue. This event is rain or shine. “Each year, approximately 1 million Americans are at risk of having their identity stolen. Identity theft occurs when someone steals Read more

 

DeLissio to hold her 49th town hall Aug. 27

(Aug 14, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 14 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will hold a town hall meeting to discuss with constituents the proposed basic education funding formula and the Pennsylvania budget impasse. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27 at Bala Cynwyd Library, 131 Old Lancaster Road. Free parking is available in the library parking lot or on the street. “The Basic Education Funding Commission report was released June 18 and recommends that a new formula be adopted for distributing state funding for basic education to Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts,” DeLissio said. “In regard to the state budget impasse, legislators have been called to session on August 25. Accordingly, at this August 27 town hall, I look forward to sharing with my constituents an update on where the budget stands.” In an attempt to reach as many folks as possible, DeLissio rotates her locations for town hall meetings. “My district office is epicenter to the district, and holding my town halls in various places around the district allows me to come to residents, showcasing different venues in the district,” DeLissio said. “Constituents from all parts of the legislative district are welcome at each and every town hall, no matter in which neighborhood they reside.” For more information, residents can contact DeLissio's constituent service office at 215-482-8726. Read more

 

DeLissio: Education Critical Part of Budget Negotiations

(Aug 04, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Pam DeLissio held a news conference on the state budget impasse with students from Montgomery County and Philadelphia schools. The student speakers explained how the budget impasse will impact their education and their future. Read more

 

DeLissio to hold news conference on state budget impasse’s impact on public schools

(Jul 31, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, July 31 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will hold a news conference on the state budget impasse 11 a.m. Tuesday at her constituent service office, 6511 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia, 19128. DeLissio will be joined by students from the elementary and high schools located in the 194 th Legislative District. The student speakers will offer remarks on how the budget impasse will impact their education experience. Read more

 

DeLissio to hold her 48th town hall Tuesday

(Jul 27, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, July 27 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will hold a town hall meeting to discuss with constituents the state of the Pennsylvania budget. The meeting will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Philadelphia University's Tuttleman Auditorium, 4201 Henry Ave. Free parking is available. "A status of the budget will be given and we will discuss why it is imperative that budget negotiations need to be ongoing and in earnest," DeLissio said. "We will discuss where the budget discussions have been, and how to help to get and keep the budget discussions moving forward as critical impacts may begin to take place if there continues to be a delay." For more information, please contact DeLissio's constituent service office at 215-482-8726. Read more

 

DeLissio outlines education-funding priorities

(Jul 17, 2015)

HARRISBURG, July 17 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., released the following statement today regarding the calls to restore education funding and enact a fair school funding formula. “I believe that it is the responsibility of the commonwealth to ensure that every student has access to a quality, basic public education regardless of where they reside. To make that happen, we need to fundamentally change how public schools are funded. “There is no doubt that the current system is not fair to students or taxpayers. The 194th Legislative District includes both the Philadelphia and Lower Merion School Districts. The disparity in the student spend numbers between the two districts is exactly why a ‘fair funding formula’ needs to be implemented. The instructional costs per student are $9,261 and $15,073 respectively. “As importantly, adequate funding must go hand in hand with a new formula. “In 2014, a bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission of the Pennsylvania General Assembly was convened and the commission held 15 hearings across the commonwealth. “The commission’s report and recommendation for a new funding formula were issued on June 18. The proposed funding formula represents a significant component of meeting the state constitution’s requirement that Pennsylvania provide a thorough and efficient system of public education. “Pennsylvania's Constitution makes clear that Read more

 

DeLissio: Budget Impasse Hurts Human Services

(Jul 10, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Pam DeLissio joined several Human Services providers for a press conference highlighting the negative impacts of the state budget impasse on their abilities to help Pennsylvania's most vulnerable citizens. Read more

 

DeLissio to hold news conference on state budget impasse Friday

(Jul 09, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, July 9 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio will hold a news conference on the state budget impasse 11 a.m. Friday at her constituent service office, 6511 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia, 19128. DeLissio will be joined by the following: JEVS Human Services Kristen A. Rantanen Senior Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs Empowering People in the Community, Inc. (EPIC) Delano Williams II Executive Director Philadelphia Corporation for Aging Gail P. Garrett Legislative Affairs Manager Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania SEPA Alyssa Schatz, MSW Director Advocacy and Policy Division Northern Children Services Jacquie Patterson Chief Development Officer SPIN Kathleen Brown McHale President and CEO Salvation Army Rev. Bonnie Camarda Director of Partnerships Intercommunity Action, Inc. Susan Wyland CFO Resources for Human Development (RHD) Dyann Roth CEO Read more

 

DeLissio: Pennsylvanians want convenience in wine and spirits stores

(Jul 02, 2015)

HARRISBURG, July 2 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., released the following statement in regard to Pennsylvania H.B. 466, on liquor store privatization, which was vetoed by the governor today. The bill would have permitted only beer distributors to sell all three items – beer, wine and alcohol. Grocery stores would have only been able to sell wine. Beer distributors would have had to obtain two additional licenses – one for alcohol and another for wine. Beer distributors would have to obtain two additional licenses – one for alcohol and another for wine. The starting price of those licenses was to be $150,000 each. Conventional lenders would not have financed these licenses. “As a legislator with a strong business background, I have followed this discussion with interest from a policy and business perspective. The effort to privatize the Fine Wine and Spirits Stores is a long-standing initiative in Pennsylvania. For the first time, last session, such a bill passed the House with three votes to spare, and it died in the Senate. This session, it was voted out of the House, then amended and passed in the Senate. The amendment in the Senate changed the legislation in major ways and within three days, the bill was voted out of the Senate. No analysis was done or hearings held to understand the impact of this revision. One of the biggest changes made in the Senate was that one-time revenue from the sale of the asset was to be Read more

 

DeLissio responds to constituents’ questions on budget

(Jul 02, 2015)

HARRISBURG, July 2 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., today released the following statement on the Pennsylvania budget: “The majority party delivered to the governor on Tuesday their version of a balanced budget. That budget has already been vetoed by the governor. A budget has not been vetoed in its entirety – as opposed to a line-item veto – in almost 40 years. Many citizens are asking how all of these events unfolded. “The governor proposed in March a budget that would comprehensively change how we pay for government services. School property taxes would be reduced and in some instances eliminated. Corporate taxes would be reduced and in some instances eliminated. A severance tax on Marcellus Shale was proposed, and increasing the personal income tax and sales and use tax were also proposed. The governor committed to begin to restore the basic education funding cuts from the previous four years, and to restore over a two-year period the funding cuts to higher education. Human services, also an area hard hit over the past four years, would also start to see dollars restored to their programs. “The majority party budget did not include those items as proposed by the governor. In what instances they are included, the line items do not begin to restore the cuts, primarily because their budget included no tax increases. “Personally, I believe that the budget scenario unfolded as it did so that legislators Read more

 

DeLissio: Pennsylvanians Deserve a Better Budget

(Jun 27, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Pamela DeLissio voted “no” on a bad Pennsylvania budget that does nothing to help restore school funding cuts that have hurt students in our area and does nothing to reduce property taxes for homeowners. Read more

 

DeLissio Discusses Committee Rules Breakdown

(Jun 27, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Pam DeLissio discusses the breakdown in rules that led to squelched debate on Senate Bill 1, on pensions, in a House State Government Committee meeting. DeLissio had made a motion during that meeting to adjourn for a reasonable period so that a last-minute 11-page amendment to the bill could be analyzed. The motion failed along party lines and debate ensued without the opportunity to read, review or analyze the amendment. Subsequently, in an effort to cut off debate, a motion to call the previous question – a procedural move prohibited in committee meetings – was approved along party lines. That is when committee members in the minority party left the meeting. Read more

 

DeLissio names Peer to Peer and Unsung Heroes award recipients

(Jun 19, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, June 19 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio honored 12 local students with Peer to Peer and Unsung Hero awards for the 2014-15 school year. The honors are awarded annually to students who live in the 194th Legislative District. They are nominated by their teachers, counselors and other school staff members. The following schools participated and identified these graduating students to receive the following awards: AMY Northwest Middle School: Taeya Boi-Doku – Peer to Peer; Cailin Bitto – Unsung Hero; Cook-Wissahickon School: Michael Orensky – Peer to Peer;Miavanna Muray – Unsung Hero; James Dobson School:Emma Berlenbach – Peer to Peer; Julia Olszewski – Unsung Hero; Lankenau Environmental Science High School: Robbie Farrell – Peer to Peer; Lower Merion High School: Joshua Aronsohn – Peer to Peer; Roxborough High School: Monali Patel – Peer to Peer; Evan Fritz – Unsung Hero; Shawmont School: Derrick Dow: Peer to Peer; Madison Righter – Unsung Hero. “It is an honor to present these awards to students for simply doing the right thing and being of strong character,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “At the end of the academic year when many honors are being awarded, particularly for scholastic and athletic achievement, these qualities are often overlooked. The ability to display kindness, fairness, generosity, and acts of civic Read more

 

DeLissio on Government Reform

(Jun 16, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Pamela DeLissio speaks at a press conference of the Government Reform Caucus. DeLissio explains why she is a member of the Caucus and her support of the reform legislation. Read more

 

DeLissio to hold next Town Hall over the phone June 18

(Jun 05, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, June 5 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio will host a Tele-Town Hall meeting focusing on the state budget at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 18. Phones within the 194th Legislative District will ring around 7 p.m. Those interested in "attending" should stay on the line. Those wanting to be sure they receive the call should contact DeLissio’s district office at 215-482-8726. The meeting will focus on how the budget affects Pennsylvanians’ everyday lives. “I have found that having a conversation with my constituents while I’m in Harrisburg and residents are in their living rooms is a great way to give them up-to-date information on the budget debates taking place,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. Read more

 

DeLissio: pensions remain a front-and-center topic in Harrisburg

(Jun 05, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, June 5 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio announced today she attended two hearings this week on pension reform held by the House State Government Committee, participated in numerous briefings on the topic over the last few months, and has discussed many aspects of the issue at her monthly town halls. She said pensions will be closely linked to the unfolding budget debate and released the following statement. “As I listen to my colleagues and testimony from think tanks, business interests and labor unions, I continue to believe that the previous pension reform legislation, known as Act 120 of 2010, has set us on a path to rectify the fact that the state was deficient in its obligations to fund the two state pension plans (SERS and PSERS) over the past 10 to 15 years,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “The hearings also demonstrated that there may be some additional willingness to further adjust what was accomplished in 2010. “Act 120 was a long-term fix designed for 20 to 25 years, and at this point there are only five years of results. “There are a few proposed pieces of legislation, specifically Senate Bill 1 and House Bill 727, which would place new hires – teachers and state employees – into a defined contribution plan versus the current defined benefit plan. The very serious problem with both of these pieces of legislation is that the current unfunded liability would still exist – and that will Read more

 

DeLissio informs constituents on the facts of medical cannabis legalization

(Jun 03, 2015)

State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., discussed at her 46 th town hall May 28, 2015, Senate Bill 3, which authorizes the legalization of medical marijuana in Pa. This is the Power Point presentation that was for the discussion. function embedPDF(){ var myPDF = new PDFObject({ url: 'http://www.pahouse.com/files/Documents/2015-06-03_16-45-24__May 2015 Town Hall Meeting PPT.pdf' }).embed(); } window.onload = embedPDF; //Feel free to replace window.onload if needed. "How medical cannabis would be regulated and governed needs to be carefully vetted," said DeLissio. "There are 23 states and the District of Columbia where the use of medical cannabis is legal. Constituents were interested in the discussion and contributed to an in-depth dialogue on the potential challenges and benefits to legalizing this substance.” Read more

 

DeLissio encourages support for buying local produce, food

(May 29, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, May 29 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., today released a statement on the importance of buying local produce and the value of PA Preferred, the state-supported agricultural marketing program for food and agricultural products grown, produced or processed in Pennsylvania. “It’s that time of year to start my rounds to the local farmers’ markets in the 194th Legislative District, and I am always impressed and pleased with the fresh produce and goodies I can find,” she said. “This week I stopped by the Bala Cynwyd Farmers' Market at its new location on the Barmouth Trailhead of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail. I love bringing the farm to my table; somehow the food just tastes better, and I know it is better for me.” DeLissio added that there are many other organizations devoted to local and fresh produce and products, including Farm to City , a Philadelphia-based program whose goal is to unite communities, families and farmers year-round through good locally grown food. “As a member of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, I am acutely aware of the benefits PA Preferred provides growers and consumers,” DeLissio continued. “By purchasing goods made in Pennsylvania, you are making a difference by instilling pride in our homegrown products and helping our local economy. Many of my farmers’ market buddies sell their PA Preferred products not only roadside, but look Read more

 

Women veterans a priority in Women's Health legislative agenda (w/video)

(May 15, 2015)

HARRISBURG, May 15 – This week state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio and her colleagues in the Women's Health Caucus introduced their legislative agenda for the current session of the General Assembly. The caucus is a bipartisan and bicameral group of legislators seeking to ensure legislation that supports Pennsylvania women is introduced and passed. "In my first session in the legislature, this caucus focused only on one or two issues, generally around reproductive health," DeLissio said. "Since then, the caucus has come to understand that there are a myriad of issues that can better women's lives, and the caucus has worked hard to recruit legislators in both chambers and from both parties to introduce and support a package of bills." The bills are categorized as follows: Family-friendly working conditions: Reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers; sanitary conditions for nursing mothers; and protecting all employees against sexual harassment. Economic fairness: Equal pay in the workplace, raising the minimum wage, retirement security; and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families – increasing the earned income disregard. Ensuring healthy lives: Ensuring patient trust; setting up a task force on health care for women veterans; and safe access to health care facilities. Domestic violence awareness: Cell phone contract termination for domestic violence victims; early lease termination for victims of domestic violence, sexual Read more