Spring Events Postcard 2023

(Apr 05, 2023)

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Updates from Harrisburg and home

(Mar 31, 2023)

Dear Neighbor, We are still in the midst of budget season in Harrisburg, as the House Appropriations Committee continues their annual budget hearings. This week we heard from the Pennsylvania departments of Aging, Health, Drug & Alcohol Programs, State, Corrections/Board of Parole & Probation, and Transportation. As a member of the Health Committee and Human Services Committee, I attended the budget hearings for the Department of Health and the Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs, which gave me a better understanding of the areas of priority for those departments and how we can craft legislation to meet those needs and better serve the communities who require the services offered by these departments. Read more


Updates on Lionville Trade Center warehouse proposal

(Mar 24, 2023)

Dear Neighbor,Over the past couple weeks, my staff and I have received a great deal of feedback about the Lionville Trade Center warehouse complex proposed for development on Lionville Station Road in Uwchlan Township. I wanted to take a minute to acknowledge the community’s concerns and share what we know at this point. Read more


Seeking answers in the Norfolk Southern derailment; Local grants awarded to district

(Mar 17, 2023)

The House may not have been in session this week, but I had a busy week traveling the state and meeting with constituents here in the district. Read more


Otten applauds nearly $700K in LSA grants

(Mar 17, 2023)

HARRISBURG, March 17 – State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, today announced $699,500 from the Commonwealth Financing Authority has been approved for Local Share Account grants in the 155th Legislative District. “These investments are needed to maintain our sewage systems, remove pollutants and repair flooding damage,” Otten said. “As our municipalities work to meet the challenges of population growth, higher operating costs, and the increasingly severe weather events we’ve experienced across the commonwealth, I’m grateful to see these funds going toward necessary repairs and cleaner, more efficient operation of local sewer and water treatment systems. New backup generators will ensure reliability, while restoration, repair and replacement projects provide the proper upkeep to keep these systems fully operational for years to come.” The CFA approved funding for the following projects: $350,000 for West Brandywine Township Municipal Authority’s Pump Stations Generator Replacement. The municipal authority operates three sewage pump stations around the clock to convey wastewater into the sewer system for treatment. The proposed project will replace the 13-year-old backup power generators at Culbertson Run and Friendship Village and the 20-year-old backup generator at the Ashberry pump station. The new generators will provide reliable standby power at the pump stations. Read more


Climate Caucus and Budget Priorities

(Mar 10, 2023)

Dear Neighbor,We are back in the full-swing of things in Harrisburg, as we returned for the third consecutive week of session – and it was a busy one.The bipartisan, bicameral PA Climate Caucus has reorganized for the 2023-24 legislative session and elected new officers in both the House and Senate. I am excited to return as the House co-chair and eager to work with my Senate counterpart, Sen. Carolyn Comitta, who will now serve as Senate co-chair. In the House, Rep. Nancy Guenst of Montgomery County returns as vice chair, and newly elected Rep. Paul Takac of Centre County will serve as Secretary. Read more


Congratulations to Speaker Joanna McClinton

(Mar 03, 2023)

Dear Neighbor, This week was a historic week in the state House, as Representative Joanna McClinton of Philadelphia was sworn in as the first woman, first Black woman, and only the second Black member ever to serve as Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. (The first was K. Leroy Irvis, who was first elected Speaker in 1977.) Read more


Pa. Legislative Climate Caucus announces 2023 leadership and legislative priorities

(Mar 03, 2023)

Harrisburg, March 3 – The bicameral, bipartisan Pennsylvania Legislative Climate Caucus has elected new officers for the 2023-24 legislative session. In addition, caucus members this week sent a letter to Gov. Josh Shapiro highlighting their priorities for the 2023-24 legislative session ahead of the governor’s 2023 budget address. The following members have been installed as Climate Caucus officers for 2023-24: Co-chairs: State Sen. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, and State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester Vice chairs, State Sen. Art Haywood, D-Montgomery/Phila., and State Rep. Nancy Guenst, D-Montgomery Secretaries: State Sen. Amanda Cappelletti, D-Delaware/Montgomery, and State Rep. Paul Takac, D-Centre The caucus’s letter emphasizes the need to mitigate future impacts of climate change on communities and advance the causes of environmental, economic and educational justice in the Commonwealth, particularly in marginalized rural and urban communities that have been disproportionately affected by both severe weather and industrial pollution. Among its priorities, the caucus advocates for the restoration of full funding to the Department of Environmental Protection; continued funding for the Whole Home Repairs program; investments to increase resiliency and emergency energy storage capacity in communities; a commitment to codifying, funding and empowering the Office of Environmental Justice and the Read more


Pennsylvania Climate Caucus Budget Letter to Gov. Shapiro

(Mar 02, 2023)

Dear Governor Shapiro,As state legislators, we see firsthand the devastating impacts of climatechange and pollution on our communities, from the enormous costsassociated with stormwater damage and severe weather incidents, to thedisplacement of families and businesses whose homes or storefronts aredestroyed by flooding, to the serious public health consequences arisingfrom polluted air and water. Read more


House passes historic justice reform for child sexual assault survivors

(Feb 24, 2023)

This week, members of the House returned to Harrisburg to complete the special legislative session requested by Governor Wolf in January to finally bring justice for victims of childhood sexual abuse. House Democrats used our new majority – ultimately joined by more than half of the House Republicans – to stand up once again for the rights of survivors. Read more


Holding corporate polluters accountable

(Feb 17, 2023)

Dear Neighbor, On Wednesday I was back in Harrisburg meeting with my colleagues in the Democratic Caucus to prepare for our first week of session since the House recessed in early January following the cancellation of session days intended to bring justice to victims of childhood sexual abuse. In that time, House Speaker Mark Rozzi conducted a statewide listening tour, seeking input from residents and good-government advocacy groups on how to break the partisan gridlock in the House. Read more


2023 Web Calendar

(Feb 14, 2023)

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Pennsylvania's special elections are completed, what's next?

(Feb 10, 2023)

On Tuesday, Allegheny County held three special elections to fill the House seats vacated by former state representatives Tony DeLuca, Austin Davis, and Summer Lee. The General Assembly has kept a careful eye on these seats because the results of these races would determine the majority in the House. And with Tuesday’s election of Joe McAndrew, Abigail Salisbury, and Matt Gergely, the voters of Allegheny Country confirmed the Democratic House majority that was first determined in November. Read more


Otten announces $110,000 for local fire companies and EMS

(Feb 08, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 8 – State Rep. Danielle Friel-Otten, D-Chester, today announced that $110,000 has been approved from the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program for local fire and EMS companies serving the 155th Legislative District. The funding has been awarded as follows: $15,000 for Alert Fire No. 1 (Downingtown) $15,000 for East Brandywine Fire $15,000 for Glenmoore Fire Co. No. 1 $15,000 for Lionville Fire Co. $15,000 for Ludwigs Corner Fire Co. $15,000 for Minquas Fire (Downingtown) $10,000 for Minquas Fire EMS $10,000 for Uwchlan Ambulance "Our local fire companies and EMS are vital to the health and safety of our communities, and this support is needed more than ever," said Otten. "These grants will help with education, recruitment, equipment upgrades, and training and certification. We have a growing crisis in PA, and we are losing far too many EMS and firefighting professionals. I will continue to fight for state funding to ensure that our fire and EMS companies are able to train, equip and retain the courageous individuals who are committed to serving our communities.” The local funding was part of an investment of more than $31 million distributed to 2,336 applicants across the Commonwealth. Eligible projects in accordance with the 2022-23 FCEMSGP include facility upgrades, equipment, debt reduction, training and certification, education Read more


Working for You at Home

(Feb 03, 2023)

Dear Neighbor, The House may be adjourned until Feb. 27, but my staff and I are still working hard for you here in the district. And while we may not be voting on any legislation in Harrisburg at the moment, the time I have here in the district allows me the opportunity to hear from constituents and raise awareness around issues facing our community and our commonwealth. Read more


It's Time to Fix the Rules in Harrisburg

(Feb 02, 2023)

Dear Neighbor, Over the last several weeks, I have provided updates surrounding the House speakership, the scheduling of special elections for three state legislative districts in Allegheny County, and the cancellation of a special session. While I understand that the uncertainty about this ongoing situation can be very discouraging, I wanted to share some recent developments that make me hopeful we are making progress not only on the impasse in the House, but also on the broken rules that govern our business in Harrisburg. Read more


Celebrating the Inauguration of Gov. Shapiro and Lt. Gov. Davis

(Jan 24, 2023)

Dear Neighbor, What an exciting week to be a Pennsylvanian! On Tuesday, we bid farewell to our outgoing governor, Tom Wolf, and welcomed in a new administration with the historic inauguration of Governor Josh Shapiro and Lt. Governor Austin Davis. As we look back on the Wolf administration, while we certainly had differences of opinion or approach on some issues, we can celebrate significant progress on our shared values, putting all of us in a better collective position. For eight years, Pennsylvania has had a governor that was a staunch supporter of women’s reproductive rights (who was not afraid to use his veto stamp to defend these rights) and a leader in the fight for full and fair funding for our public schools. While there remains much work to be done, under Governor Wolf’s leadership Pennsylvania was able to expand access to voting, navigate a global pandemic, and leave Pennsylvania in a strong fiscal position by making historic deposits in our General Fund. Thank you, Governor Wolf, for your years of service to our commonwealth. Read more


WEEKLY E-BLAST (Jan. 13): The PA Farm Show Brings Excitement for All

(Jan 13, 2023)

Dear Neighbor, All eyes across the state are focused on baby goats, butter sculptures, and milkshakes at the Pennsylvania Farm Show this week, and I just had to see this year’s exhibits for myself. On Wednesday, I took my kids to visit the Farm Show, and it did not disappoint! It was loaded with great family fun and delicious, Pennsylvania-made food and treats. Visit if you can, before it wraps up this Saturday! We were lucky to arrive just in time to see a brand-new baby calf at the Calving Center. Another highlight for us and many others was cuddling the baby goats. If we could only get all of my colleagues in the PA House to take some time to cuddle these sweet baby goats, maybe we could all exhale, reset, and get some work done for the people of Pennsylvania. Read more


WEEKLY E-BLAST (Jan. 6): Big news from Harrisburg

(Jan 06, 2023)

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a chance to relax and recharge over the holidays. Read more


WEEKLY E-BLAST (Dec. 22): Getting ready for swearing-in day

(Dec 22, 2022)

With swearing-in less than two weeks away, the saga over control of the PA state House continues. Read more