My first 100 days

(Apr 09, 2019)

Dear Neighbor, This week, I’ll celebrate my 100th day in office. I’ve used the last 100 days to advocate for the issues that matter most to you and I’m honored to continue working to make Delco a great place to live and work. Legislative round up We are back in session this week and Monday morning started off with a rally with Moms Demand Action to support Extreme Risk Protection Order legislation, introduced as H.B. 1075. Two-thirds of firearm deaths are caused by suicide and ERPO is a commonsense tool to reduce this number and save lives. We were also joined by Governor Tom Wolf, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and a speaker from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. I had the opportunity to speak with the student and share how I started circulating petitions the day that Parkland happened and my promise to never stop fighting until we start to save lives. Two weeks ago, I spoke in the House chamber in defense of an amendment that would have retained emergency assistance in the face of cuts proposed in Harrisburg to one of our most vulnerable populations -- disabled veterans. Instead of supporting our veterans and thanking them for their tremendous sacrifice, the House voted against this provision. Our veterans deserve better than what the House gave them. I will never stop fighting to get our veterans the resources they need. You can watch my remarks here . Infrastructure policy hearing recap Read more

 

Bill to take guns out of the hands of those at risk of causing harm draws bipartisan support

(Apr 09, 2019)

Bill to take guns out of the hands of those at risk of causing harm draws bipartisan support Read more

 

Rep. O'Mara Honors SSD Board of School Directors

(Apr 08, 2019)

Rep. O'Mara Honors SSD Board of School Directors Read more

 

State House committee meets in Radnor for hearing on infrastructure

(Apr 08, 2019)

State House committee meets in Radnor for hearing on infrastructure Read more

 

State officials, activists gather to rally support for gun safety policy

(Apr 06, 2019)

During a press conference held at Delaware County Courthouse Friday, several state officials and gun reform advocates gathered to rally support of Extreme Risk Protection Order legislation. Read more

 

PennDOT Accepting Unsolicited Public-Private Partnership Proposals

(Apr 05, 2019)

PennDOT's Office of Public-Private Partnerships (P3) is now accepting unsolicited proposals for transportation projects from the private sector through April 30. During this time, the private sector can submit proposals offering innovative ways to deliver transportation projects across a variety of modes including roads, bridges, rail, aviation and ports. Instructions on how to submit a project and information on the unsolicited proposal review process can be found on the state's P3 website, www.P3.pa.gov . Read more

 

O’Mara, Policy Committee discuss infrastructure at public hearing

(Apr 04, 2019)

WAYNE, ARIL 4 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware., today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on infrastructure. O’Mara requested the hearing to discuss green infrastructure, storm water management and Governor Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania plan. She was joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “Improving our state’s infrastructure is a big task. It will take cooperation and collaboration at the local and state level to put in the work and changes needed for Pennsylvanians to have better roads, safer and more efficient buildings, cleaner water and affordable access to utilities and technology. Thank you to Chairman Sturla for recognizing the importance of improving our infrastructure and having the Policy Committee discuss how we can come together to make it happen,” O’Mara said. Sturla added, “I’m glad we had the opportunity to further explore Governor Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania plan. Addressing blight, storm preparedness plans, access to high speed internet and natural gas impact can make life better for all Pennsylvanians. This was a great starting point to see how infrastructure improvements can ultimately create good jobs and boost our economy.” The committee heard testimony from Patrick McDonnell, Secretary, Pa. Department of Environmental Protection; Rob Traver, Professor of Civil & Read more

 

4/4/19 – Infrastructure – Wayne

(Apr 04, 2019)

Materials from House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara. Read more

 

House Democrats fight for seniors and families by delivering on Promise of Care

(Mar 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 20 – House Democratic lawmakers, in response to widespread concerns about patients and clients in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and long-term care homes not getting the quality care they deserve, announced a comprehensive package of bills to protect seniors and give family members the vital information they need to make the right choice for their grandparents and parents. As pension plans increasingly become a thing of the past and families become smaller and unable to care for elderly relatives in their own homes, House Democrats believe people need to know the long-term care options for their loved ones are the best possible – because, someday, we’ll all need a place to call home. While most facilities do a good job caring for patients and clients, as well as providing a stable place of employment for healthcare professionals, seniors, families and potential employees need the facts and protections these bills would deliver. The Promise of Care package includes: Making a Home truly a Home (Sponsored by Rep. Angel Cruz): A long-term care home shouldn’t feel like a hospital ward. This bill creates a voluntary Culture & Quality of Life Certification Program that would reward homes that go the extra mile to offer a rich, life-affirming program that treats residents like the individual people they are. Reporting Requirements when a Resident Passes (Two bills sponsored by Rep. Frank Burns): People Read more

 

O’Mara: residents of the 165th District participated in town hall

(Mar 15, 2019)

Springfield Township, March 15 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, today said that some 2,180 residents of the 165 th Legislative District participated in her telephone town hall on Thursday. “This telephone town hall was an opportunity for residents to bring their questions and concerns directly to me,” O’Mara said. “I am looking forward to taking the suggestions and ideas from last night with me to Harrisburg and drafting and supporting meaningful legislation that improves our community.” O’Mara answered questions about property taxes, road improvements, gerrymandering, investing in renewable resources, supporting first responders and more. Participants also had the opportunity to participate in instant polls and ask questions about issues facing the community such as raising the minimum wage, preventing gun violence and legalizing general-adult use cannabis. The results of the polls were: 48% said health care is the biggest issue facing the area. 89% support raising the minimum wage. 64% said banning semi-automatic assault-style rifles is the best way the state can prevent gun violence. 48% support decriminalizing general-adult use cannabis. “I appreciate the time that everyone took to participate in the town hall. I was elected to bring public service back to politics and I look forward to continuing these discussions.” O’Mara encourages anyone that has additional questions to Read more

 

Miss my Telephone Town Hall? Check out the discussion here!

(Mar 15, 2019)

Listen in and find out what your neighbors were talking about. Read more

 

Editorial: Fair Districts PA pushes resolutions to break the legislative logjam in Harrisburg

(Jan 31, 2019)

In the final weeks of 2018, Fair Districts PA launched an aggressive campaign to pressure state representatives to adopt a set of procedural rules designed to give popular bills a better chance of being approved. Read more

 

O’Mara introduces resolution to improve government transparency

(Jan 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 29 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, is part of a bipartisan group of legislators pushing to make government more transparent and accountable to the people of Pennsylvania instead of special interests. O’Mara’s legislation, Resolution 20, would reverse a change to the House Rules and require a full 24 hours before the House considers bills on final passage or bills with Senate amendments. On Jan. 1, the House Rules were amended to shorten the deadline from 24 to 12 hours to consider bills on final passage. In addition, the House is now only required to wait six hours before considering a bill changed by the Senate. O’Mara said, “These short deadlines do not give us enough time to review important bills. Six to twelve hours is not enough time to get input from our constituents on major changes to bills that would impact their lives. “People’s faith in government is broken because they don’t believe they are given a chance to learn what is happening and be heard. They’re right—the House rules serve special interests, not the people of Pennsylvania.” A freshman representative who was sworn into office on Jan. 1, O’Mara is one of several legislators who are offering reforms to the House rules after they were not given an opportunity on opening day of the House's 2019-20 session to consider proposed changes to the current rules. Read more

 

Freshman Rep. O’Mara to serve on Transportation, Veterans Affairs and Aging committees

(Jan 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – Freshman state Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, has been assigned to serve on three of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ most important committees – Transportation, Aging and Older Adult Services, and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness. "All of these committees speak directly to the concerns of residents in my district and I'm looking forward to influencing legislation that will directly improve the lives of my constituents," she said. On being appointed to the powerful Transportation Committee, O’Mara said, “Improving infrastructure is key to improving the economy and quality of life in the southeast." On being appointed to the Aging & Older Adult Services Committee, O’Mara commented, “Pennsylvania must prepare its network of services for the aging to meet the demands of this rapidly growing segment of Pennsylvania’s population. I am honored that I can contribute to the committee’s guidance to the commonwealth on how to better serve our seniors." O’Mara said her gratitude to Pennsylvania’s veterans and first responders was the reason her appointment to the Veterans and Emergency Preparedness Committee was one she most highly sought. "This committee puts me in a position to ensure that the commonwealth provides services and assistance to Pennsylvania’s veterans and their families. They gave Read more

 

O’Mara’s open house for district office a success

(Jan 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, hosted an open house Friday for the grand opening of her district office at 905 W. Sproul Road, Suite 203 in Springfield. An estimated 85 people attended the open house, including state Sen. Tim Kearney, community leaders, representatives from Springfield and Morton police departments, a Marple Township commissioner, faith community leaders and many constituents who came to meet O’Mara and her staff. “It was a great day of community building and engaging with our neighbors,” O’Mara said. “I want to thank everyone for coming. I appreciated hearing from people directly about the issues that matter the most to them. As their state representative, I will ensure that their voices are heard in Harrisburg.” O’Mara also has established two mobile offices in addition to her district office. Residents of Wayne can visit her office at 301 Iven Ave. on the first Thursday of every month from noon to 4 p.m. and residents of Morton can visit her office at 500 Highland Ave. on the third Thursday of every month from noon to 4 p.m. Services that O’Mara’s offices can help assist with include Pennsylvania income tax questions or problems, information on financial assistance for higher education, state Transportation Department work, including driver’s license and registration, and grant applications for state programs, including Read more

 

O’Mara elected to serve in key leadership roles on powerful PA House delegation

(Jan 22, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 22 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara was elected this week to serve in key leadership roles on the powerful Southeastern Delegation of the PA House Democratic Caucus. O’Mara represents the 165 th Legislative District in Delaware County and was sworn in Jan. 1. The Southeast Delegation’s is the PA House’s largest delegation, comprising legislators from Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Berks, Lancaster, York and Dauphin counties. The delegation’s leadership structure is divided into two levels with vice chairs who serve the entire delegation and regional vice chairs who are responsible for their geographical area. “I am proud to have been voted to serve as the vice chair for freshmen and the first vice chair designate for the House Democratic Southeast Delegation,” said O’Mara, D-Delaware. “I look forward to working with Chairwoman Margo Davidson and my colleagues on the leadership team to provide guidance to our colleagues on how to achieve the House Democrats' Plan For PA. Working together, the House Democrats will make Pennsylvania a better place for working families.” Prior to her election to the House, O’Mara worked nearly seven years at the University of Pennsylvania. O’Mara served as the assistant director of university stewardship, working alongside her colleagues to ensure that attending the university remained affordable for students. Read more

 

O’Mara opens district office, plans to host open house

(Jan 15, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 15 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, will host an open house from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 for the grand opening of her district office at 905 W. Sproul Road, Suite 203 in Springfield and is inviting residents and families to attend. Residents can expect light refreshments, as well as the chance to meet O’Mara and learn about her legislative priorities for the 165 th District. Interested residents can RSVP to ahammock@pahouse.net . “I want residents to know that I am working for them both in Harrisburg and here at home,” O’Mara said. “I’m looking forward to meeting constituents and learning how my office and I can assist them with state government-related matters. “I’ve been hard at work, getting our services up and running so that I’m able to assist constituents. My office is officially set up to provide SEPTA key cards for seniors so they can ride for free and I’ve been attending local county commissioner meetings to learn about the issues facing our community.” O’Mara also has established two mobile offices in addition to her district office. Residents of Wayne can visit her office at 301 Iven Ave. on the first Thursday of every month from noon to 4 p.m. and residents of Morton can visit her office at 500 Highland Ave. on the third Thursday of every month from noon to 4 p.m. Services that O’Mara’s offices can help assist with include Read more

 

SEPTA Senior Key Card

(Jan 08, 2019)

My office is available to process SEPTA Senior Key Card requests for local residents. Read more

 

O'Mara to host monthly office hours in Morton starting on January 17

(Jan 07, 2019)

State Representative Jennifer O'Mara, D-Delaware, will host Morton Borough Mobile Office Hours the third Thursday of every month in Morton in order to assist constituents.Starting Thursday, January 17, O'Mara will be at 500 Highland Ave., in Morton, for her office hours from noon to 4 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month. Read more

 

O’Mara sworn in for first term as state representative

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara today was sworn in to office during a Capitol ceremony for her first term as state representative for the 165th Legislative District. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in corresponds with the first Tuesday in January every two years. This year is Pennsylvania’s 203rd legislative session. “Today we begin the work of ensuring that every Pennsylvanian has a government that serves their needs – not special interests,” O’Mara said. “I am grateful to the people of the 165 th district for entrusting me with this office, and I am committed to creating practical solutions for our greatest challenges in state government. “Delaware County is where I developed my dedication to public service when my family was able to survive after losing my father to suicide. Thanks to excellent public services, my father’s union pension, strong public schools and my mother’s union job, we made it through. I believe that everyone should have those same opportunities and will fight to protect and expand them in the new legislative session.” Prior to her election to the state House, O’Mara worked nearly seven years at the University of Pennsylvania. O’Mara served as the assistant director of university stewardship, working alongside her colleagues to ensure that attending the university remained affordable for students. O’Mara also is a member Read more

 

My first 100 days
Apr 09, 2019

Bill to take guns out of the hands of those at risk of causing harm draws bipartisan support
Apr 09, 2019

Rep. O'Mara Honors SSD Board of School Directors
Apr 08, 2019

State House committee meets in Radnor for hearing on infrastructure
Apr 08, 2019

State officials, activists gather to rally support for gun safety policy
Apr 06, 2019

PennDOT Accepting Unsolicited Public-Private Partnership Proposals
Apr 05, 2019

O’Mara, Policy Committee discuss infrastructure at public hearing
Apr 04, 2019

4/4/19 – Infrastructure – Wayne
Apr 04, 2019

House Democrats fight for seniors and families by delivering on Promise of Care
Mar 20, 2019

O’Mara: residents of the 165th District participated in town hall
Mar 15, 2019

Miss my Telephone Town Hall? Check out the discussion here!
Mar 15, 2019

Editorial: Fair Districts PA pushes resolutions to break the legislative logjam in Harrisburg
Jan 31, 2019

O’Mara introduces resolution to improve government transparency
Jan 29, 2019

Freshman Rep. O’Mara to serve on Transportation, Veterans Affairs and Aging committees
Jan 28, 2019

O’Mara’s open house for district office a success
Jan 28, 2019

O’Mara elected to serve in key leadership roles on powerful PA House delegation
Jan 22, 2019

O’Mara opens district office, plans to host open house
Jan 15, 2019

SEPTA Senior Key Card
Jan 08, 2019

O'Mara to host monthly office hours in Morton starting on January 17
Jan 07, 2019

O’Mara sworn in for first term as state representative
Jan 01, 2019