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WEEKLY E-BLAST (August 19): Rundown on the federal Inflation Reduction Act

(Aug 19, 2022)

On Tuesday, President Biden signed into law The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), a comprehensive climate, healthcare, and economic package. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (August 12): Sunoco/Energy Transfer Convicted of Criminal Charges

(Aug 12, 2022)

On August 5, Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced that Energy Transfer subsidiaries Sunoco Pipeline L.P and ETC Northeast Pipeline LLC pleaded no contest to criminal charges related to their conduct during construction of their Mariner East 2 and Revolution pipelines, and they have therefore been convicted of these environmental crimes. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (August 5): Updates on committee actions and Marsh Creek cleanup

(Aug 05, 2022)

On Tuesday, the House Environmental Resources & Energy Committee voted on a resolution to disapprove a proposed environmental regulation limiting the emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Read more

 

Sunoco fails to meet July 1 cleanup deadline at Marsh Creek State Park

(Aug 03, 2022)

EXTON, Aug. 2 — Nearly two years since Sunoco Pipeline L.P. spilled drilling mud into Marsh Creek Lake and its tributaries, and more than one month past the company’s agreed-upon remediation and restoration deadline, state Senator Katie Muth, D-Chester, Berks, Montgomery, and state Representative Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, commented on the operator’s failure to meets its commitments, as cleanup efforts continue near Marsh Creek State Park. August 10 marks the two-year anniversary of the spill, which sent more than 20,000 gallons of drilling mud into streams, wetlands, and the lake during construction of Sunoco’s Mariner East II pipeline. A Consent Order and Agreement signed in December between the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and Sunoco Pipeline L.P., a subsidiary of Energy Transfer, required Sunoco to complete dredging, remove the dredged material to an approved disposal facility, and restore the access and staging areas on or before July 1, 2022. In documents submitted to DEP on June 23 and July 7, Sunoco attributed its failure to meet the agreed-upon schedule to a number of factors, including weather, the presence of an unexpected amount of debris in the lakebed, and repeated significant equipment failures, including the July 1 failure of a containment bag at the sediment dewatering site. The biggest delay was attributed to the company’s discovery of two Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (July 29): New state resources allocated in this year's budget

(Jul 29, 2022)

Last month, just shortly after Governor Wolf signed the budget, House and Senate Republican leaders were working hard behind the scenes to advance SB 106, an omnibus bill containing five different proposed constitutional amendments. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (July 22): Legislative Updates from Harrisburg

(Jul 22, 2022)

With news about the state budget taking center stage the past few weeks, there are some other important updates from Harrisburg that you may have missed. Here’s a quick roundup... Read more

 

WEEKLY EBLAST (July 15): PA budget is good start, but improvements still needed

(Jul 15, 2022)

As we are celebrating so much that we fought for in this year’s budget, there are areas where we need to keep pushing. Read more

 

Rep. Otten’s Budget Statement

(Jul 11, 2022)

Last week, the General Assembly approved, and Governor Wolf signed, a $45.2 billion budget. This deal comes a week after the deadline to pass a balanced budget. While no budget is perfect, this year’s plan makes meaningful investments in child care, mental health (both K-12 and adult), long term care, and support for individuals with disabilities and the workers who provide their care. For these reasons and others, I voted YES. I wanted to provide an overview of the budget broken down by some of the key issues in our legislative district based on feedback we’ve received from constituents. Investments in Education: This year’s budget makes historic investments in public education, with an increase of $850 million for basic and special education. This funding increase includes a $525 million bump to basic education, $100 million increase for special education, and adds $100 million to the state’s school safety and security grant program as well as a new school mental health initiative. These historic investments will directly impact our communities with Chester County schools receiving $15.9 million in additional funding. As part of this increase, the Downingtown Area School District will receive an additional $1.8 million, an 8.4% increase over last year, and the Coatesville Area School District will receive an additional $4.5 million, a 13.6% increase over last year. My Democratic colleagues and I fought hard for this Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (July 1): Pennsylvania's Budget is Officially Past Due

(Jul 01, 2022)

Budget season continues, and I am headed back to Harrisburg today to keep fighting for a final budget that both helps Pennsylvanians who are struggling right now and makes crucial investments in the future of our commonwealth. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (June 24): Budget talks stall as session was cut short this week

(Jun 24, 2022)

With the budget deadline looming, legislators headed to Harrisburg on Monday for the first of five scheduled session days this week, expecting to finally hear some of the details of the budget negotiations. Read more

 

WEELKY E-BLAST (June 16): Pennsylvanians are feeling the pinch

(Jun 16, 2022)

We were back in Harrisburg for session this week, and while we passed some good legislation, including a bill to improve mental health curriculum in our schools, we still failed to address many of the biggest issues facing Pennsylvanians. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (June 10): It’s time to reform the rules and fix Harrisburg

(Jun 10, 2022)

This week, the House was scheduled to be in session for three days. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (June 3): Take some time for yourself this summer

(Jun 03, 2022)

Last week was an extremely difficult week for communities here at home and across the nation, and so many friends, neighbors, and constituents have expressed to me that that everything just feels so heavy right now. Read more

 

Otten, House Democrats call for legislative action on gun safety

(May 26, 2022)

EXTON, May 26 – On Wednesday, Pennsylvania House Democrats attempted through procedural action to force the House to consider four gun-safety bills that have been sitting in the House Judiciary Committee for more than a year. State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, introduced a motion on the House floor to suspend the rules and immediately bring H.B. 770, an assault weapons ban, up for a vote. Despite strong public support for increased gun safety measures, including assault weapon bans, the House voted 111-87 against Otten’s motion, after House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff argued that the legislation should have to go through a committee first. The bill has spent more than a year in the House Judiciary Committee, where committee Chairman Rob Kauffman, R-Franklin, has previously vowed to block gun safety measures from receiving a vote. In September 2019, the committee was set to consider an extreme risk protection order proposal (also known as a “red flag” law) sponsored by Rep. Todd Stephens, R-Montgomery, which would allow for temporary, court-ordered seizure of a person’s firearms. Kauffman blocked the 2019 efforts despite bipartisan support, stating at the time, “ … We will not be considering red flag in the House Judiciary Committee so long as Chairman Kauffman is chairman.” He further said that his committee had “no intention of addressing further gun-control measures this session.” Read more

 

Otten: No More Empty Thoughts and Prayers

(May 26, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Danielle Friel Otten put her 6 and 8 year old on the school bus the morning after the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. She talked with them about what happened in Texas and tried to assure them they would be safe at school. Read more

 

Otten: Ban Future Assault Weapon Sales

(May 25, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Danielle Friel Otten motions for the Pa. House to act on commonsense gun laws in the wake of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Texas. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (May 20): Resources for the formula shortage and updates on rising gas prices

(May 20, 2022)

On Tuesday, Pennsylvania held its midterm primary election. Read more

 

Otten to host June 25 blood drive at Lionville YMCA

(May 19, 2022)

EXTON, May 19 – Across the nation, including right here in Pennsylvania, a severe blood shortage is happening. The Red Cross, which supplies 40% of the nation’s blood supply, had to limit blood product distributions to hospitals because of the shortage. This poses a concerning risk to patient care. To address this urgent need, state Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, has partnered with the Red Cross and the Lionville YMCA for a community blood drive on Saturday, June 25. The blood drive will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lionville YMCA, 100 Devon Drive in Exton . Interested donors are encouraged to schedule their appointment in advance via the American Red Cross’ website and enter sponsor code “District155” or call 1-800-Red Cross (1-800-733-2767). “Chester County hospitals, along with hospitals across the nation, are experiencing severe blood shortages. This not only poses a risk to patient care, but it also potentially places our doctors in the difficult position of deciding who receives blood transfusions and who will need to wait until more products become available,” Otten said. “I encourage all healthy and eligible donors to donate blood. And if you’re unable to donate at this event, please spread the word and consider donating at another opportunity. Every donation helps.” Approximately 36,000 units (a unit is equivalent to one pint) of red Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST [May 13]: Make a plan to VOTE on Tuesday, May 17, Plus it's time to fix & fund PA's roads

(May 13, 2022)

While it can sometimes feel as though our country is more divided than ever, there are always certain issues that unite constituents across party lines. Recently, two of those issues are road conditions and gas prices. Read more

 

Otten public comment on DEP Draft Environmental Justice Policy

(May 12, 2022)

Rep. Otten applauds DEP’s Office of Environmental Justice for taking steps to improve existing policy and submits suggestions to further protect communities from environmental hazards. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (August 19): Rundown on the federal Inflation Reduction Act
Aug 19, 2022

WEEKLY E-BLAST (August 12): Sunoco/Energy Transfer Convicted of Criminal Charges
Aug 12, 2022

WEEKLY E-BLAST (August 5): Updates on committee actions and Marsh Creek cleanup
Aug 05, 2022

Sunoco fails to meet July 1 cleanup deadline at Marsh Creek State Park
Aug 03, 2022

WEEKLY E-BLAST (July 29): New state resources allocated in this year's budget
Jul 29, 2022

WEEKLY E-BLAST (July 22): Legislative Updates from Harrisburg
Jul 22, 2022

WEEKLY EBLAST (July 15): PA budget is good start, but improvements still needed
Jul 15, 2022

Rep. Otten’s Budget Statement
Jul 11, 2022

WEEKLY E-BLAST (July 1): Pennsylvania's Budget is Officially Past Due
Jul 01, 2022

WEEKLY E-BLAST (June 24): Budget talks stall as session was cut short this week
Jun 24, 2022

WEELKY E-BLAST (June 16): Pennsylvanians are feeling the pinch
Jun 16, 2022

WEEKLY E-BLAST (June 10): It’s time to reform the rules and fix Harrisburg
Jun 10, 2022

WEEKLY E-BLAST (June 3): Take some time for yourself this summer
Jun 03, 2022

Otten, House Democrats call for legislative action on gun safety
May 26, 2022

Otten: No More Empty Thoughts and Prayers
May 26, 2022

Otten: Ban Future Assault Weapon Sales
May 25, 2022

WEEKLY E-BLAST (May 20): Resources for the formula shortage and updates on rising gas prices
May 20, 2022

Otten to host June 25 blood drive at Lionville YMCA
May 19, 2022

WEEKLY E-BLAST [May 13]: Make a plan to VOTE on Tuesday, May 17, Plus it's time to fix & fund PA's roads
May 13, 2022

Otten public comment on DEP Draft Environmental Justice Policy
May 12, 2022