One bill would add public participation requirements when municipal officials meet remotely, and the other bill would suspend time frames for consideration of applications filed with municipal boards and commissions during emergency or disaster declarations. Read more
News from the Supreme Court, updates on police reform, and a move toward "green phase" in my latest email. Read more
Also, guides to talking to children about race and racism, plus a salute to our local graduates. Read more
Broad reopenings, or reopenings that are not structured around ongoing social distancing, universal masking and other public health guidance, would likely result in a spike of cases and new stay-at-home and closure orders. Read more
I, like many of you, have been absolutely consumed by the news unfolding over the last week since the horrible footage of George Floyd’s murder took over our airwaves and newsfeeds. Read more
Last Friday, Governor Wolf announced that Montgomery County will be moving to the Yellow Phase of reopening next Friday, June 5. Read more
Now, more than ever, is the time to come together and pass legislation that seeks to protect our frontline and essential workers, pay them fairly, assist those struggling without employment, health care or child care, and, above all, keep our citizens safe. Read more
Over the past several weeks, my office staff and I have heard from dozens of real estate agents anxious to get back to work, confident that their job can be done safely, and concerned for potential sellers and buyers stuck in financially precarious situations as they were unable to move forward with transactions. Read more
“Livestock producers spend countless hours breeding, raising and feeding animals to ensure that food products so many of us take for granted are available each day,” Hanbidge said. “Many of these producers, along with those who supply them with feed for their livestock, are faced with a financial dilemma because, while their income may have slowed down or been cut off altogether during these difficult times, their operational costs have remained the same.” Read more
Earlier this week, the Department of Health began distributing the investigational antiviral medication, remdesivir, to treat COVID-19 patients across Pennsylvania. Read more
“Before we move forward with any such legislation,” said Hanbidge, D-Montgomery, “it is vital that we fully understand the impact that electric vehicles have on our state. That is why Rep. Rabb and I, along with a bipartisan group of co-sponsors, are seeking quick action on these studies. Electric vehicles are here to stay, and we need to find out exactly what that means for Pennsylvania.” Read more
As we enter our third month under stay-at-home orders, it is critically important that we continue following the data and ensuring the news we are consuming is from trusted sources. Read more
“Frontline workers have continued to perform their duties – often with limited protective gear – through long hours, daunting stressors and at great risk to their health and the health of their families,” Hanbidge said. “They do this so our great commonwealth can continue to function from the comfort and safety of our homes." Read more
I hope this new month finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy at home. I know this is an immensely frustrating and anxiety-provoking time for many, but I hope you and your family are finding ways to embrace this new normal. Read more
“After almost 60 years of conducting the vital service of sharing the voices and views of our local community, it’s sad to contemplate WNPV’s final broadcast,” Hanbidge said. “I’ll especially miss the emphasis the station placed on local and state politics and news. I wish all those associated with the station good fortune in their future endeavors and thank them for all they’ve done for the community.” Read more
This week, Governor Wolf announced Pennsylvania’s plan to reopen our commonwealth beginning on Friday, May 8. Reopening businesses will happen strategically – region by region – to prevent an overwhelming surge in cases of COVID-19. Read more
This week, Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine reported that Pennsylvania has been successful at significantly flattening the curve of COVID-19 cases. The fatality rate for COVID-19 in the commonwealth is currently 2.2%. Original modeling showed likely infections of about 60,000 by mid-April – before we started flattening the curve. We currently have 29,441 confirmed cases. Read more
“With hearing aids ranging in cost from $1,000 to $4,000, it is crucial that action is taken on behalf of all who suffer from hearing loss by mitigating the exorbitant cost of hearing aids,” Hanbidge said. “That is especially true for older Pennsylvanians living on a fixed income. This resolution hopefully compels Congress to take the appropriate action of expanding Medicare coverage to include hearing aids.” Read more
As we’ve all seen from various reports, if we are able to stay home and flatten the curve, we help our medical providers save lives and lower rates of exposure. Read more
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