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

 

DeLissio to host 46th Town Hall May 28

(May 15, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, May 15 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio will hold her 46th Town Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 28 in the Wolcolf Auditorium of Roxborough Memorial Hospital, 5800 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia. The event is free and open to the public. The focus will be on discussing medical marijuana and the state budget to be debated in earnest during the month of June. A member of the House Health Committee, DeLissio said that following the state Senate’s passage of Senate Bill 3, it’s reasonable to expect that the committee or even the full House will take up the bill this session. "How medical cannabis would be regulated and governed needs to be carefully vetted," said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. "There are 23 states and the District of Columbia where the use of medical cannabis is legal. I look forward to continuing to explore the pros and cons of legalizing this substance at my town hall meeting." DeLissio said she will be also will holding her Fourth Annual Voices of the Community: PA 2015-16 Citizen Budget Hearing from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 4, in the Community Room at Falls Ridge, 4349 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia. "If you live or work in the 194th Legislative District, then you are eligible to give remarks on what you believe the priorities of our state budget should be," she said. "My previous years’ hearings have been quite successful, and many constituents have come to express their priorities Read more

 

4th Annual Voices of the Community scheduled for June 4th; RSVP to speak now

(May 12, 2015)

You are invited to participate in or watch my 4th Annual Voices of the Community 2015-16 PA Budget Hearing event on Thursday, June 4th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Community Room at Falls Ridge, 4349 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, 19129. If you live or work in the 194th Legislative District, then you are eligible to testify on what you believe the priorities of our state budget should be. My previous years’ hearings have been quite successful, and many constituents have come to express their priorities for the Pennsylvania state budget. Please call my District Office at 215-482-8726 to sign up to share your thoughts. Written testimony is not required. Remarks are limited to 5 minutes per person. All are welcome to attend. Spread the word and bring your neighbors! Read more

 

DeLissio to hold Town Hall on medical marijuana Thursday, May 28

(May 12, 2015)

On April 29, I attended a public hearing conducted jointly by the House Health and Judiciary committees on medical marijuana. It is anticipated that Senate Bill 3, on legalizing the use of medical marijuana, will go to a vote of the full Senate and would arrive in the House in the next several weeks, if passed. The meeting was the third of three legislative public hearings statewide on the subject and featured expert testimony from doctors and organizations on both sides of the legalization issue, as well as experts from other states that have implemented laws related to legalizing the use of medical cannabis under certain conditions. As a member of the House Health Committee, I found the testimony enlightening, and as with many controversial pieces of legislation there are many points to understand and consider. There are ardent views on both sides of the debate, and on the matter of its application, purported benefits and the details of the law itself. How medical cannabis would be regulated and governed needs to be carefully vetted. There are 23 states and the District of Columbia where the use of medical cannabis is legal. I look forward to continuing to explore the pros and cons of legalizing this substance at my 46 th Town hall meeting. Join Us! Legalizing Medical Cannabis and PA budget updates… Thursday, May 28th @ 7 P.M. Wolcolf Auditorium, Roxborough Memorial Hospital 5800 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19128 (Free parking – Read more

 

DeLissio remarks on reducing the size of the General Assembly

(May 08, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, May 8 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio said today that she voted against H.B. 153 and H.B. 384 on Tuesday because any plan to change the size of the legislature must involve the adoption of a nonpartisan redistricting process. The current method for redistricting, which takes place every 10 years after the census, uses a highly partisan method for redrawing state House and state Senate legislative district boundaries, DeLissio said. The drastic downsizing that would occur under H.B. 153 and H.B. 384 would necessitate decisions about which districts to eliminate, she added. “The current process for redrawing legislative district boundaries is controlled by the legislative leadership, which creates maps for partisan political purposes,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “The end result is a bipartisan incumbent-protection plan that makes most districts uncompetitive.” She also said that she believes switching to a part-time legislature would be effective, efficient and less costly. “If we are serious about reining in costs associated with the largest full-time legislature in the United States, while still offering a thorough level of citizen representation in Pennsylvania, then we should also be exploring the option of a part-time legislature,” DeLissio said. House Bill 153 would reduce the size of the House of Representatives from 203 to 153 members, while H.B. 384 would reduce the size of the Senate Read more

 

DeLissio attends medical marijuana hearing

(May 01, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, May 1 – Pennsylvania state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., announced today that she attended a public hearing headed by the House Health and Judiciary committees on medical marijuana Wednesday in Pittsburgh. The meeting was the third of three legislative public hearings statewide on the subject and featured expert testimony from doctors and leaders on state law, as well as experts from other states that have implemented laws related to recommending cannabis under certain conditions. “The testimony was enlightening, and I look forward to learning more as the legislation could come before the Health Committee this session,” said DeLissio, a member of the House Health Committee. “There are passionate views on both sides of the debate, and on the matter of its application, purported benefits and the details of the law itself. “How medical cannabis would be regulated and governed needs to be carefully vetted. There are 23 states and the District of Columbia where the use of medical cannabis is legal. I look forward to continuing to explore the pros and cons of legalizing this substance." Senate Bill 3 has been voted out of committee and a full Senate vote is anticipated in the next several weeks. DeLissio said that constituents are always welcome to voice their opinions and thoughts on matters that are state-related at her town halls, which she holds monthly. The next town hall will be held at 7 p.m. Read more

 

NBC10 @ Issue: PA Liquor Sales (External Link)

(Apr 29, 2015)

State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., sat down with NBC10 @Issue to discuss liquor reform in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

DeLissio convenes 2nd Town and Gown Coalition meeting

(Apr 17, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, April 17 – At the request of the participants of the initial Town and Gown meeting held Feb. 19, a second meeting was convened by state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio on Thursday at St. Timothy’s Parish Hall. The goal of 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 citizens on and off campus. In addition to representatives of Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia University, LaSalle and Temple, Councilman Curtis Jones’ office, Liquor Control Enforcement (LCE), and the civic associations in the 194th Legislative District, the second meeting included representatives from the Philadelphia Police Department’s 5th District, City of Philadelphia Licenses and Inspections, a board member of the Manayunk Development Corporation who is also a bar owner, and an Alcohol Education Specialist from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. DeLissio said that in her experience the success rate of meetings such as this one is high because there is a well-rounded group of stakeholders at the table participating in the dialogue. Drew Myers, representing the East Falls Community Council commented, “These Town and Gown meetings with local civics, enforcement agencies and universities are producing a lot of positives, including meeting other civics, learning how every group (police, Read more

 

DeLissio co-sponsors Pa. Long-Term Care Council legislation

(Apr 17, 2015)

HARRISBURG, April 17 – Before it passed the House on Wednesday, House Bill 753 was amended by state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio to ensure that consumers and caregivers are represented on the Pennsylvania Long Term Care Council if the council is established by law. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration. "This legislation specifies that the scope of the council shall be to address all areas of long-term care, including institutional care and home and community-based services," said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. "Pennsylvania's aging demographics clearly point to the need for a viable and seamless long-term care infrastructure. This legislation creates an invaluable resource to guide the legislature and other public policymakers on these important issues." House Bill 753 establishes the successor to the Intra-Governmental Council that was statutorily created in 1988 for the purpose of making recommendations to the Department of Human Services regarding personal care homes. DeLissio’s amendment assures increased representation of consumers and caregivers on the council and directs that these representatives have firsthand personal, family-related caregiving experience. She said that this personal caregiving experience will assist the council in developing better policy. DeLissio said that she introduced the amendment because she knows that thousands of hours of care are provided by families directly and that all of Read more

 

Town Hall on pensions, liquor privatization scheduled for Monday, April 27

(Apr 08, 2015)

My commitment to maintain open dialogue with constituents is one I am passionate about; it is the best way I know how to represent you in Harrisburg and share with you how policy impacts our daily lives. As I continue my third term as your elected State Representative, I look forward to doing just that at another Town Hall, my 45th since taking office in 2011! My next Town Hall meeting will focus on discussing pension funding solutions versus pension funding reforms and liquor modernization versus liquor privatization. I hope you can join me for this discussion! Read more