Concern about access to the COVID vaccine continues to be the number one issue I’m hearing from constituents, and I wanted to provide an update on what we know so far. Read more
Over the past week, my office has received more emails and phone calls about vaccine distribution than any other issue. Folks are understandably eager to register for a vaccine, frustrated by a lack of clear information, and concerned that vaccines are not being distributed equitably or fairly. Read more
Letter to Gov. Wolf from the legislative Climate Caucus detailing requests to consider for his upcoming budget address. Read more
Last week, I received my committee appointments for the 2021-2022 session. This session, I will be serving on the Environmental Resources & Energy, Aging & Older Adult Services, and Human Services committees. Read more
EXTON, Jan. 13 – State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, was elected this week to serve as House chair of the Pennsylvania Legislative Climate Caucus for the 2021-2022 legislative session. House members of the Climate Caucus also elected first-term legislators Rep. Nancy Guenst, D-Montgomery, to serve as vice chair and Rep. Rick Krajewski, D-Phila., to serve as secretary. Otten will serve as co-chair of the bicameral, bipartisan caucus with senate chair Sen. Steve Santarsiero. The Climate Caucus seeks to uphold the environmental rights granted under the Pennsylvania Constitution, raise awareness on legislation, appropriations and related matters surrounding environmental justice, the need for a renewable energy future, and the urgency of climate change as our most existential threat. “I am thrilled to collaborate with this talented group of legislators on our collective goals and to elevate climate issues as they relate to public health and safety, our state and local economies and the future of our planet,” Otten said. “Climate change is a leading international issue of our time, and I am committed to the intersectional work of addressing the many areas of our state government impacted by climate change and moving Pennsylvania forward.” "It’s an honor to serve as vice chair of our Climate Caucus with the leadership of chair Danielle Friel Otten,” Guenst said. “By ensuring that legislative proposals and Read more
With the holidays behind us and a new year upon us, I hope everyone enjoyed a relaxing and much-needed break. While the challenges of 2020 are far from over, I am filled with hope for the year ahead. Read more
As we near the end of 2020 and enter the holiday season, I want to pause to wish each of you the peace and love of the season and hope for the new year ahead. Read more
Last Friday, I hosted a virtual Community Resource Town Hall, where we were joined by speakers from Chester County Food Bank, Legal Aid of Southeastern PA, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, and Communities that Care of Greater Downingtown. Read more
Watch my Dec. 11 Virtual Local Resources Townhall here. Send your questions to RepOtten@pahouse.net. Read more
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I support linking our state to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. RGGI gives us an opportunity to clean up our air, protect our citizens from the impacts of climate change,and move away from Pennsylvania’s legacy as one of the biggest greenhouse gas producers in the country, toward a science-based solution to reduce carbon emissions. Read more
To say the least, 2020 has been a difficult year. I know that many people are struggling financially, mentally, and emotionally. Read more
EXTON, Dec. 7 – State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, will hold a virtual Community Resource Town Hall to share information on the state and local resources available to assist with food insecurity, housing, utilities and mental health. The town hall will take place at 12 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11 and will include a lineup of speakers from Chester County Food Bank, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Legal Aid of Southeastern PA and Communities that Care of Greater Downingtown. The event will be livestreamed through Otten’s website, www.RepDanielle.com . Community members may submit questions in advance through an online form or send questions in during the event by emailing email@example.com or calling (484) 200-8259. “Many Chester County residents have been hard hit by this pandemic and are in need of support and assistance, particularly as we head into the winter months,” Otten said. “My district office has always been a place where constituents can learn about the state and local resources available to them. Since we are not able to gather in person right now, we wanted to provide a safe, virtual space for our neighbors to ask questions, share concerns, and find information to help them through these challenging times.” For more information about Otten’s Community Resource Town Hall, contact Otten’s district office at (484) 200-8259 or Read more
I hope everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving. I know for many of us, this year was very different from others. Read more
Last Friday marked the last voting day of our 2019-2020 legislative session. The House and Senate passed a supplemental state budget that covers the remainder of our fiscal year, December 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. Read more
This week, as Pennsylvania broke records for single-day increases in new COVID cases nearly every day, the PA Department of Health announced targeted mitigation efforts to protect our public health without shutting down our economy... Read more
HARRISBURG, Nov. 16 – State Rep. Danielle Friel-Otten, D-Chester, today announced that six schools educating students throughout her legislative district received Safe School grants. The Pennsylvania Department of Education awards the competitive grants to prevent and reduce violent incidents, to purchase safety and security-related equipment and to provide for training and compensation of school resource and police officers. The following schools received grants to purchase security-related equipment and technology: Owen J Roberts: $21,960. Coatesville Area School District: $25,000. Downingtown Area School District: $25,000. Spring-Ford Area School District: $24,354. IU 24 - Pope John Paul II: $20,937. IU 24 - Windsor Christian Academy: $19,693. Additionally, Spring-Ford Area School District received a $40,000 grant to enhance school security, including costs associated with the training and compensation of school police officers. “While this school year has been like no other, our school administrators are still working and planning to create school environments that are safe in every way,” Otten said. “These targeted grants allow our schools to determine their own areas of need and apply for the specific grants that best help them ensure that students, faculty and staff remain and feel safe while they learn and work.” A full list of grant recipients Read more
With the election behind us and every state House seat decided, my colleagues and I went to Harrisburg this week to elect new caucus leadership. These positions are very important in deciding an agenda for the upcoming legislative session. Read more
What a week! With Election Day behind us, I would like to thank everyone who made time to vote, either in-person or by mail-in ballot. Chester County’s voter turnout exceeded 80 percent! Read more
With Election Day just a few days away, I hope that you have already made your plans to vote or voted early. If you have not voted yet, here are some helpful reminders to make sure that your voice is heard and counted: Read more
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