WEEKLY E-BLAST (Nov. 25): Sending happy and healthy Thanksgiving wishes

(Nov 25, 2020)

For many of us, Thanksgiving will be different this year. While many traditions and family gatherings will have to be foregone for the sake of our friends and loved ones, we must continue to make these sacrifices to keep one another safe. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Nov. 20): Finalizing Pennsylvania's Budget

(Nov 20, 2020)

As I write this, I am currently waiting for further information regarding the proposed budget so I can vote on it later today. Typically, Pennsylvania's budget comes in the form of multiple packages of "code" bills and a general "appropriations" bill. Read more

 

Hanbidge, Malagari congratulate North Montco Tech on state award

(Nov 18, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 18 - State Reps. Liz Hanbidge and Steve Malagari said that they congratulate North Montco Technical Career Center on a $48,111 Pennsylvania Department of Education grant announced today. The Technical Education Programs Equipment Grant can go to updating or purchasing new equipment to be used by students in their course learning. “North Montco Technical Career Center excels at preparing their students for good-paying, sustainable jobs that drive Pennsylvania’s economy,” said Hanbidge, D-Montgomery. “Ensuring that these students have access to the most modern tools and equipment while in the classroom is critical to building a strong foundation for successful careers. This funding is a great investment in our youth, community and future.” “This is not the Wolf administration’s first investment in North Montco, and that reflects highly on its community of students, parents and faculty, as well as the business, industry and trades growing in our region,” said Malagari, D-Montgomery. “These technical education grants also show how government can deliver on the promise of excellent modern public education and the economy in one simple investment.” Under the program, the maximum grant is $50,000, and each grant must be matched dollar-for-dollar from a local source, which could include local school funds or contributions from business and industry partners. More Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Nov. 13): Newly elected House leadership makes history

(Nov 13, 2020)

This week in Pennsylvania, we had less publicized, but highly consequential elections for both Democratic and Republican caucus leadership roles. The elected leaders will determine the future of House policies and practice for the next two years. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Nov. 6): Every vote counts

(Nov 06, 2020)

I would like to extend my appreciation to everyone who participated in 2020’s general election. Act 77, which allowed for mail-in voting, has indelibly changed the way Pennsylvanians vote and it will take us a while to get used to the new timeline and process. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Oct. 30): Election & COVID-19 Updates

(Oct 30, 2020)

More than 3 million Pennsylvanian voters applied to vote by mail in this general election. According to the latest reports, over 70% of requested ballots have already been returned to counties across the commonwealth. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Oct. 23): Introducing Pennie – PA’s New Health Insurance Marketplace

(Oct 23, 2020)

Last month, Pennsylvania announced the launch of its new state-based health insurance marketplace, Pennie. The new marketplace is the result of a bipartisan effort by the state legislature to simplify the process of finding health insurance coverage and improve the accessibility and affordability of individual market health coverage for all Pennsylvanians. Read more

 

Hanbidge announces $25K grant awarded to area volunteer fire company

(Oct 16, 2020)

BLUE BELL, Oct. 16 – State Rep. Liz Hanbidge, D-Montgomery, announced that North Penn Volunteer Fire Company secured a $25,342 grant. This funding will help offset COVID-19-related expenses such as purchasing PPE, heightened sanitation measures and lost revenue due to pandemic restrictions. “Our first responders are always there for us when we need them most, so when they need our help, I’m happy the state could deliver,” Hanbidge said. “Providing them with this much-needed funding ensures that North Penn Volunteer Fire Company will continue helping and protecting community members despite these difficult times.” Hanbidge noted that the purpose of this funding is to provide some much-needed financial assistance to first responders who have found it difficult to keep their operations running due to COVID-19. A full list of fire companies receiving grant awards, along with the recently updated federal guidance, can be reviewed online by visiting the Office of the State Fire Commissioner’s website . Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Oct. 15): Census Deadline TONIGHT!

(Oct 15, 2020)

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of an emergency request made by the Justice Department last week to immediately halt the census count. Hours after the ruling was released, the U.S. Census Bureau announced it would keep accepting responses online and by phone through 11:59 p.m. TONIGHT, October 15. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (OCT. 9): First Round of Mail Ballots Out for Delivery!

(Oct 09, 2020)

The initial wave of Montgomery County mail ballots have begun to hit mailboxes across the district! For those of you eagerly awaiting your ballot, it's not time to worry yet. Tens of thousands of ballots are being mailed out daily. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Oct. 2): COVID Alert PA & Protecting Our Elections

(Oct 02, 2020)

Session in Harrisburg was derailed this week by another positive COVID-19 result among my colleagues in the House. While the PA House undergoes contact tracing and some members begin to self-quarantine, the Speaker has adjourned us until Monday, October 19. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Sept. 25): Montco Ballot Drop Boxes Confirmed & COVID-19 Update

(Sep 25, 2020)

This week, the Montgomery County Election Board approved the placement of eleven secure ballot drop boxes which will be available to Montco voters beginning Saturday, October 3 through Election Day. Read more

 

Hanbidge announces $225K grant awarded to inclusive, nature-based playground project

(Sep 24, 2020)

BLUE BELL, Sept. 24 – State Rep. Liz Hanbidge, D-Montgomery, announced that Centre Square Park in Whitpain Township received a $225,000 Recreation and Conservation grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Funding will go toward constructing pedestrian walkways, installing nature play equipment with required safety surfacing and enhancing ADA access for the park’s accessible and nature-based playground. “This project will provide inclusive play time to every child in our community,” Hanbidge said. “The proposed playground will go beyond ADA accessibility and ensure that children of all abilities will have the opportunity to engage in sensory, physical, and educational experiences. I’m proud to help bring this funding home and bring families together at Centre Square Park.” Hanbidge added that the project would take advantage of the park’s natural wooded surroundings for educational and recreational inspiration, offering children a mix of physical and sensory play. The DCNR Recreation and Conservation grant program is funded with a variety of state and federal funding sources including, the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93) which includes Key-Community and Key-Land Trust; the Environmental Stewardship Fund; the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund; Pennsylvania Trails fund; Pennsylvania Heritage Area Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Sept. 18): Election Update from the PA Supreme Court

(Sep 18, 2020)

Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled on several critical election questions. These rulings confirmed that counties will be able to provide ballot drop boxes and extended the deadline for mail-in voting by allowing ballots to be postmarked by the time the polls close and received by the county election board by 5:00 PM on Friday, November 6. Read more

 

Hanbidge drafts resolution urging rehabilitation over incarceration for juvenile delinquents

(Sep 14, 2020)

LANSDALE, Sept. 14 – State Rep. Liz Hanbidge, D-Montgomery, authored a resolution urging district attorneys throughout the commonwealth to review juvenile cases with a focus on rehabilitation instead of incarceration. Hanbidge noted that about 250,000 children are prosecuted in adult criminal courts throughout the country each year. This can lead to them facing adult criminal convictions and being incarcerated in an adult prison or jail although they are still minors. “Incarcerating youth and putting them in adult facilities puts them at greater risk for mental health issues, physical and sexual assault and an increased likelihood of recidivism,” Hanbidge said. “Focusing on rehabilitating minors who break the law instead of incarcerating them puts them on a more promising path to lead productive, healthy, law-abiding lives once they reach adulthood. Research shows that our brains aren’t fully developed until our mid-20s, so children should not be destined to a lifelong cycle of crime and jailtime because of mistakes they made in their youth.” Questions may be directed to Hanbidge’s office by calling (610) 277-3230 or emailing RepHanbidge@pahouse.net . Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Sept. 11): Expanded Voters’ Guide & Mental Health Resource Guide

(Sep 11, 2020)

With the General Election fast approaching, there is no question that counties across our commonwealth will be processing a record volume of mail-in ballots. In the June primary, nearly 1.5 million people cast ballots by mail. Read more

 

Hanbidge announces $26K grant to reduce underage and dangerous drinking

(Sep 09, 2020)

UPPER GWYNEDD, Sept. 9 – State Rep. Liz Hanbidge, D-Montgomery, announced that the Upper Gwynedd Township Police Department received a $26,635 grant to help combat underage and dangerous drinking. “Preventing underage drinking and dangerous drinking habits such as public drunkenness or driving under the influence is an essential part of strengthening our community’s public health,” Hanbidge said. “I’m proud to see this funding awarded to our community as it truly benefits everyone by creating a safer environment inside homes, on our roadways and throughout Upper Gwynedd Township.” This funding comes from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and will go toward enforcement patrols, educational efforts, community outreach, training and a Drunk Busters Pedal Kart. A complete list of grant recipients is available online. ### Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Sept. 3): This Week in Harrisburg & 60-Day Blackout

(Sep 03, 2020)

I am writing to you a day early this week, as the mandated 60-day blackout period prior to Election Day begins tomorrow! Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST(Aug. 28): Fall Legislative Agenda Highlights

(Aug 28, 2020)

Next week, my colleagues and I will return to session. Our schedule is likely to focus on urgent education, transportation, and election reform initiatives. Read more

 

Hanbidge applauds $211K awarded to two school districts’ special needs programs

(Aug 26, 2020)

LANSDALE, Aug. 26 – State Rep. Liz Hanbidge, D-Montgomery, announced that North Penn and Wissahickon School Districts’ special education programs each received Governor’s Emergency Education Relief grants. North Penn received $151,534 and Wissahickon received $59,610. “It’s crucial that as we commence this academic year, we consider the unique needs of every student,” Hanbidge said. “Students with special needs will need additional support as the districts implement enhanced safety measures to combat the spread of COVID-19, whether learning takes place inside classrooms or online. This funding will ensure that students who depend on these programs can stay on track and continue making progress.” Grants may be used to provide enhanced synchronous (real-time) instruction to bolster remote services and supports for students with complex needs; and provide services and support to students with disabilities who experienced a loss in skills and behavior and/or a lack of progress due to the mandatory school closures. This funding comes from the $15 million in the commonwealth’s GEER fund and $5 million from the Department of Education’s federal funding through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The federal CARES Act authorizes governors to determine the educational use of GEER funds. Click here for a full list of grant recipients. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Nov. 25): Sending happy and healthy Thanksgiving wishes
Nov 25, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Nov. 20): Finalizing Pennsylvania's Budget
Nov 20, 2020

Hanbidge, Malagari congratulate North Montco Tech on state award
Nov 18, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Nov. 13): Newly elected House leadership makes history
Nov 13, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Nov. 6): Every vote counts
Nov 06, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Oct. 30): Election & COVID-19 Updates
Oct 30, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Oct. 23): Introducing Pennie – PA’s New Health Insurance Marketplace
Oct 23, 2020

Hanbidge announces $25K grant awarded to area volunteer fire company
Oct 16, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Oct. 15): Census Deadline TONIGHT!
Oct 15, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST (OCT. 9): First Round of Mail Ballots Out for Delivery!
Oct 09, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Oct. 2): COVID Alert PA & Protecting Our Elections
Oct 02, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Sept. 25): Montco Ballot Drop Boxes Confirmed & COVID-19 Update
Sep 25, 2020

Hanbidge announces $225K grant awarded to inclusive, nature-based playground project
Sep 24, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Sept. 18): Election Update from the PA Supreme Court
Sep 18, 2020

Hanbidge drafts resolution urging rehabilitation over incarceration for juvenile delinquents
Sep 14, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Sept. 11): Expanded Voters’ Guide & Mental Health Resource Guide
Sep 11, 2020

Hanbidge announces $26K grant to reduce underage and dangerous drinking
Sep 09, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Sept. 3): This Week in Harrisburg & 60-Day Blackout
Sep 03, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST(Aug. 28): Fall Legislative Agenda Highlights
Aug 28, 2020

Hanbidge applauds $211K awarded to two school districts’ special needs programs
Aug 26, 2020