Earlier this week, a draft Supreme Court opinion leaked to and published by Politico indicates that the court is set to overturn Roe v. Wade. Read more
I was in Harrisburg this week for the final House session before the 2022 primary election. With the primary just a few weeks away, keep an eye out for these upcoming deadlines... Read more
Today is Earth Day. And as of today, we have well over a dozen bills sitting in the House Environmental Resources & Energy Committee that, if enacted... Read more
EXTON, April 21 – State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, is accepting applications for paid summer internship positions in her Exton district office. Interns will work closely with staff and gain an in-depth look at the workings of Pennsylvania’s legislative branch. Interns will be responsible for a variety of assignments that will allow them to gain experience in a professional setting while learning more about state government and the legislative process. “Summer interns will have the opportunity to work closely with experienced team members with varying backgrounds and skillsets,” Otten said. “Interns can expect to help constituents access state services, assist with public outreach and community events, and work with legislative staff to research policy and assist with the legislative process.” The internship program will run for 10 weeks, up to 10 hours a week, at a rate of $12 per hour. Applicants must be at least 18. Otten encourages individuals of all backgrounds and academic interests to apply. To apply, email a resume and statement of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org . Read more
The House returned to session this week. While there’s a tremendous amount of work to be done for the people of Pennsylvania, we instead spent much of our time passing harmful legislation that’s destined for a veto and hearing hours of unnecessary speeches on a package of dairy industry bills that—while I am glad to support them—could have been voted on in a matter of minutes, as they already had the full support of the legislature. Read more
Although the House was not in session this week, the Senate was busy working on legislation to prevent Pennsylvania from becoming a leader in climate action. Read more
The House returned to session this week for the first time since February. Read more
This Tuesday, March 22, we recognized World Water Day. Read more
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that the final state House and state Senate maps approved in February by the Legislative Reapportionment Commission are constitutional and will serve as the district boundaries for the next decade, beginning with the 2022 election. Read more
Every year before the full legislature meets to debate the budget, the House Appropriations Committee meets with every state department to address their priorities and where they believe funds are needed most. Read more
Rep. Otten urges DEP to appoint an independent third party to oversee Sunoco’s cleanup operations near Marsh Creek. Read more
On Thursday, I joined Governor Wolf and Rep. Melissa Shusterman at the Phoenixville Borough Hall to highlight Pennsylvania’s strong financial position and to call on the legislature to make meaningful investments in the people of Pennsylvania so families, workers, and businesses have a chance for a brighter future. Read more
Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the landscape continues to shift. While Chester County, like most of the nation, remains in High transmission level, the implications of this level of spread are changing. Read more
Rep. Otten's February 2022 newsletter including topics such as the state budget, redistricting, access to health care and more. Read more
When the COVID-19 pandemic first arrived, all our lives were instantly changed. For some, it was a matter of transitioning to a work-from-home schedule and helping our children with remote learning. Read more
On Tuesday, Governor Wolf delivered his eighth and final state budget address as governor of Pennsylvania, highlighting his administration’s priorities for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. Read more
Next Tuesday, Governor Wolf will deliver his final Budget Address before the General Assembly, highlighting his administration’s legislative priorities for the Fiscal Year 2022-2023 budget. Read more
Rep. Otten outlines her priorities for this year's budget. Read more
In last week’s newsletter, I talked about the upcoming budget season and the fact that the General Assembly is irresponsibly sitting on billions of dollars in federal American Rescue Plan funds and greater-than-expected state revenues. Read more
We need to talk about Pennsylvania’s budget. Last summer, the legislature left $5 billion in federal American Rescue Plan funds unallocated, in addition to putting $2.5 billion in greater-than-expected state revenue in the state’s Rainy-Day Fund. Read more
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