Latest Road Work and Closures in Montco Region - July 19

(Jul 19, 2019)

I-95 South ramp to Bridge Street FULL RAMP CLOSURE from May 7 – Indefinitely due to Water Main Break. Detour Posted. I-76 E CLOSURE & DETOUR of the Walnut Street on-ramp to I-76 East from July 19 – July 22 from 9 PM Friday to 5 AM Monday due to Removal of Bridge Overlay. Route 363 (Trooper Road); Lower Providence Township LANE CLOSURE at Ridge Pike. Weekdays (some Saturdays) from March 25 – August 30 from 9 AM - 3 PM, due to Intersection Improvements. Fitzwatertown Road, Abington, Upper Dublin Lane Closures with flagging between Susquehanna Road and Thunderhead Road from March 19 – August 30 from 9 AM - 3 PM, due to Utility Work. Byberry Road; Upper Moreland Township CLOSED AND DETOURED between Pioneer Road and Reading Way from April 1 – July 19 from 7 AM - 3 PM, due to Bridge Reconstruction. Old Skippack Road; Lower Salford Township PERMANENT SOUTHBOUND CLOSURE for 250 feet from Salfordville Road intersection from April 24 – Indefinitely, due to Concrete Island Construction. Drivers will be directed around construction. Johnson Highway, East Norriton FULL CLOSURE between North Hills Drive and Rahway Avenue from May 13 – October 1, due to Bridge Replacement. DETOUR POSTED. North Lane Road, Whitemarsh Road Closure between Hector Street and Butler Pike from May 20 – October 15 from 9 AM - 3 PM, due to Water Main Repairs. Pennsylvania Avenue, Springfield Lane Restriction between Rech Avenue Read more

 

Malagari, Hanbidge and Collett to co-host spotted lanternfly information event

(Jul 15, 2019)

LANSDALE, July 15 – State. Reps. Steve Malagari and Liz Hanbidge and state Sen. Maria Collett invite community members to an informational event on the spotted lanternfly on July 22. “Spotted Lanternfly: Can We Stop The Spread?” will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. July 22 at Dock Mennonite Academy EC – Grade 8 Campus, 420 Godshall Road, Souderton PA 18964. The event is open to the public. Anyone with businesses that could potentially be affected by the spotted lanternfly is especially encouraged to attend. Experts, including Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and representatives of Penn State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences will offer an update on the state’s response to the spotted lanternfly and discuss how to prevent the spread of the invasive pest. The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect that can threaten Pennsylvania’s agricultural crops such as grapes, hops and hardwoods, and is affecting quality of life for residents in heavily infested areas, according to the Department of Agriculture. Montgomery County is part of a quarantine area designed to stop the movement of the spotted lanternfly to new areas and slow its spread within the quarantine. Read more

 

Weekly Updates: Learn more about the Spotted Lanternfly on July 22

(Jul 12, 2019)

Have you noticed spotted lanternflies on trees across your property? This invasive species is harming our ecosystem and has the potential to cost Pennsylvania billions. Read more

 

Weekly Updates: Introducing bills to reduce financial anxiety for Pennsylvanians

(Jun 21, 2019)

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North Penn Property Tax Rebate Program

(Jun 20, 2019)

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Hanbidge to introduce legislation requiring hearing aid coverage

(Jun 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 17 – State Rep. Liz Hanbidge will soon introduce legislation to help Pennsylvanians who suffer from hearing loss by requiring Pennsylvania insurance companies to provide coverage for hearing aids. “The average cost of a hearing aid is $2,300, but that price tag can climb as high as $4,000,” said Hanbidge, D-Montgomery. “Hearing aids are only required to be covered for Medicaid recipients who are younger than 21, so that leaves others forced to pay for them out of pocket. That cost could deter many – especially seniors on fixed incomes – from seeking the help they need.” Through the Affordable Care Act, Americans have access to a core package of items and services deemed “essential health benefits” that must be covered by private insurance plans. Hanbidge’s legislation would require that private insurance companies in Pennsylvania provide coverage for the cost of hearing aids by adding them to the “essential health benefits” list. “More than a million Pennsylvanians live with hearing loss. This legislation addresses the health risks associated with hearing loss for the elderly, students and workers, and also improves the health and wellness of Pennsylvanians by helping to mitigate the cost of hearing aids,” Hanbidge said. Hanbidge also plans to introduce a resolution urging Congress to expand Medicaid coverage to include hearing aids for all Americans in need of Read more

 

Town Hall Reminder and Updates from Harrisburg

(Jun 14, 2019)

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Hanbidge to host State Budget Town Hall

(Jun 07, 2019)

BLUE BELL, June 7 – State Rep. Liz Hanbidge invites community members to her State Budget Town Hall on Friday, June 14. The town hall will be held from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Brittany Pointe Estates, 1001 S. Valley Forge Road, Lansdale PA 19446. This town hall meeting will focus on Hanbidge’s legislative initiatives and a discussion on the upcoming state budget negotiations. Hanbidge will provide a fiscal overview of the state, highlight the state’s $800 million surplus, and discuss the House Democratic caucus’ priorities moving forward. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to share updates with residents on the negotiations surrounding the state budget and how they could impact our district,” Hanbidge, D-Montgomery, said. “I want to do everything I can to keep residents of our district informed on legislative proceedings, and I want to ensure, when negotiating the budget, the legislature considers and weighs the concerns of my constituents.” Anyone with questions should call Hanbidge’s office at 610-277-3230. Please note, the event venue is wheelchair-accessible, and for specific accommodations, including ASL interpretation, residents can contact Hanbidge’s office by June 11. Read more

 

SEND A MESSAGE: Make Accessibility Central to our Democratic Process

(May 24, 2019)

The right to vote is at the core of our democracy. Read more

 

Weekly Updates: Happy Memorial Day weekend and more news

(May 24, 2019)

Dear Friends:I was proud to stand along Governor Tom Wolf, Senator Maria Collett, and other local legislators this past week in Horsham to address our continued contamination crisis. Read more

 

Hanbidge to host Young Adult Financial Literacy Forum

(May 23, 2019)

State Rep. Liz Hanbidge will host a Young Adult Financial Literacy Forum at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, at North Wales Borough Hall, 300 School St., in North Wales. Read more

 

Weekly Updates: Upcoming Young Adult Financial Literacy Forum & more news!

(May 17, 2019)

From managing student loan debt and maintaining a budget, to saving for higher education or the down payment for your first house, the complexities of financial planning can be the cause of extreme stress, especially among young people, which can make it exceedingly difficult for them to start off independent adulthood on a secure financial footing. Read more

 

Hazardous Waste Collection Event this Saturday

(May 14, 2019)

It can be tough to responsibly get rid of hazardous substances such as weed killers, rodent poison and swimming pool chemicals. But it's important for your safety and for the health of our environment. This weekend, Montgomery County is making it easier. On Saturday, May 18, Montgomery County is hosting a hazardous waste collection event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Temple University Ambler Campus, 1431 E. Butler Pike in Ambler. Volunteers will help you locate the correct entrance and position your car in line. Stay in your car but unlock your trunk and any doors necessary to access the waste you want removed. Event staff will remove the waste and direct you to the exit. At a typical event, your wait time should be no longer than 30 minutes. Only hazardous waste will be accepted. Check out this list or click here for a list of acceptable and nonacceptable materials. Note that latex paint is not hazardous waste and should not be brought to the collection events. Bring all substances in original containers with labels and tightened lids. Items must be identifiable. Do not mix materials. Gas containers will be returned upon request. The maximum amount accepted is 25 gallons or 220 pounds. No 25- or 50-gallon drums accepted. Likewise, no commercial/industrial-generated hazardous waste accepted. Businesses and contractors will be turned away. For more details or questions, please visit montcoparecycles.org or email recycling@montcopa.org . In the Read more

 

Weekly Updates: Taking a stand in Harrisburg

(May 14, 2019)

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Standing up to political gamesmanship on the House floor

(May 09, 2019)

(Click the image above for video from Wednesday's session) When the House adjourned yesterday, I expressed my frustration that Speaker Turzai failed to allow me to speak in reference to House Bill 321. This bill, introduced by Representative Kate Klunk, seeks to add a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome to the list of reasons to restrict a woman’s right to obtain an abortion and would make it a felony for both the patient, as well as the doctor performing the procedure. The bill reached the House floor yesterday on second consideration – meaning that this was the first time the bill was considered by the entire General Assembly and the only time it could be changed or re-referred to a different committee for review. Even though this bill would create a new third-degree felony – and despite Speaker Turzai’s insistence that the bill is a “crime bill” – it reached the House floor following its approval in the Health Committee. I rose, in a timely fashion, to request H.B. 321 be re-referred to the Judiciary Committee and stood waiting for the Speaker to acknowledge me for more than 15 minutes. The Speaker ignored me when people at the rostrum informed him that I was standing to speak. The Speaker ignored me when my colleagues across the House floor were shouting that I was standing to be heard. The Speaker ignored me when my party’s leadership moved up to the rostrum to insist that he acknowledge that I was Read more

 

Hanbidge announces school safety grants for North Penn High School and North Montco Tech Center

(May 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 1 – State Rep. Liz Hanbidge announced today that school safety grants were awarded to North Montco Technical Career Center and the North Penn School District. The School Safety and Security Committee, part of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, awarded the grants on Tuesday. The funds were included in the 2018-19 budget. “It’s vital that our schools have the resources they need to keep our children safe,” said Hanbidge, D-Montgomery. “We must make student safety a priority, and I will continue to look for ways we can support our schools as they aim to educate our children in safe environments.” North Montco Technical Career Center was awarded $18,000. The center sought funds in the categories of safety related curriculum and restorative justice; classroom management; safety and emergency plans; and security planning and technology. North Penn School District was awarded $289,488. The district sought funds in the categories of security planning and technology; and student, staff and visitor identification systems. More information on the grants is available here . Read more

 

Weekly Updates: Happy (belated) Earth Day and more

(Apr 26, 2019)

Dear Friends: Nurses have been in the news this week following a video of a Washington state senator arguing on the Senate floor that “...nurses probably do get breaks. They probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day.” Nurses are some of the hardest-working professionals in our workforce and the backbone of our health system. Nursing demands countless hours of education and training, around-the-clock work in high-stress environments, and immeasurable amounts of concentration and compassion. Nurses are on the front lines of keeping Americans heathy and safe, and their work demands our utmost respect. Nurses are not busy playing cards; nurses are busy saving lives. While the Washington state senator has since apologized for her misplaced and offensive remarks, her comments are reflective of a general lack of understanding of the nursing profession’s critical role in the healthcare industry and the challenges nurses face daily. Here in Pennsylvania, nurses have been fighting their own legislative battles and have been met with similar ire and skepticism. Nurses of Pennsylvania – a coalition of nurses frustrated with Pennsylvania’s staffing and patient-care crisis – have been building advocacy and awareness around the negative consequences of short-staffing in the healthcare industry and are petitioning legislators to address these growing concerns with Read more

 

Hanbidge to host Juvenile Addiction Prevention Forum on May 2

(Apr 25, 2019)

BLUE BELL, April 25 – State Rep. Liz Hanbidge will host a Juvenile Addiction Prevention Forum with DARA, the Drug Addiction Resource Alliance, on Thursday, May 2 at the North Montco Technical Career Center, 1265 Sumneytown Pike in Lansdale. “To best address the addiction crisis in Pennsylvania, we need to inform people of the programs and services offered in our communities and establish a network of supports that can help people on their journey to recovery,” said Hanbidge, D-Montgomery. “My goal is for my office to serve as a resource for those seeking more information about addiction treatment and prevention. Drug addiction is a crisis affecting many Pennsylvania families and too often people only become aware of the treatment resources available to them once they’ve entered the criminal justice system. Our state and county offer important resources and I want to help my constituents dealing with this addiction in a proactive and compassionate manner.” DARA, an organization started by Magisterial Court Judge Andrea Duffy, works to identify treatment programs for people suffering with addiction who end up in the court system. Duffy has established a network of supports across Montgomery County and hosts forums that serve to inform the community on the addiction crisis and connect people to treatment programs. “By co-hosting this forum, I’m glad to have the opportunity to help introduce some of the lifesaving resources Read more

 

Weekly Updates: Welcoming Students to Harrisburg; Marking Stronger than Hate Day

(Apr 12, 2019)

Dear Friends, Recently, we’ve had the pleasure of welcoming many of our younger constituents from across the district to the state Capitol building. Students from North Penn’s Bridle Path and Montgomery Select String Ensemble performed at the Capitol, Gwynedd Mercy Academy 4th graders toured the Capitol, and Montgomery County Community College students visited my Harrisburg office to discuss legislation important to expanding access to community college and workforce development programs across the Commonwealth. It’s been wonderful welcoming these students to the state Capitol. Their curiosity, energy, enthusiasm, and advocacy is inspirational and serves as a reminder as to what this job is all about – securing a future that benefits all Pennsylvanians. As our students are poised to become our next leaders, I am hopeful for our future! I am thankful that these students are taking the opportunity to visit THEIR state Capitol! If you, your group, or any young people in your life ever want to visit the state Capitol building, please reach out to my office. We will be happy to help you schedule a tour to visit the halls of your government and to meet the people who are legislating on your behalf in Harrisburg. Beyond the amazing work occurring in Harrisburg, the building is beautiful and worth the trip. Read more

 

Hanbidge to introduce bill to end waitlist for waivers that help individuals with disabilities

(Apr 09, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 9 – State Rep. Liz Hanbidge will soon introduce legislation to eliminate lengthy waits for waivers that help individuals with disabilities and older adults access the support and care they need. Home- and Community-Based Services waivers, through Pennsylvania’s Medical Assistance program, are used to ensure individuals with disabilities and older adults receive the care they require. The waivers provide funding to help individuals access specialized health care, medical equipment, mental health crisis intervention, supported employment and many other vital support services. As of January, there were more than 13,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities on the waitlist to receive HCBS waiver benefits. “Some eligible individuals and families have been waiting for years to receive their benefits, and that’s unacceptable,” said Hanbidge, D-Montgomery. “We cannot neglect our duty as legislators to support the most vulnerable members of our community. My legislation would finally allow families to provide their dependent loved ones with the proper care they need.” Hanbidge’s bill would require that individuals receive their benefits no later than 90 days after being deemed eligible for the HCBS waiver program. “This would effectively end the waitlist and provide meaningful relief to those who have endured lengthy waits for benefits. I’m pleased to be able to introduce this legislation on Read more

 

Latest Road Work and Closures in Montco Region - July 19
Jul 19, 2019

Malagari, Hanbidge and Collett to co-host spotted lanternfly information event
Jul 15, 2019

Weekly Updates: Learn more about the Spotted Lanternfly on July 22
Jul 12, 2019

Weekly Updates: Introducing bills to reduce financial anxiety for Pennsylvanians
Jun 21, 2019

North Penn Property Tax Rebate Program
Jun 20, 2019

Hanbidge to introduce legislation requiring hearing aid coverage
Jun 17, 2019

Town Hall Reminder and Updates from Harrisburg
Jun 14, 2019

Hanbidge to host State Budget Town Hall
Jun 07, 2019

SEND A MESSAGE: Make Accessibility Central to our Democratic Process
May 24, 2019

Weekly Updates: Happy Memorial Day weekend and more news
May 24, 2019

Hanbidge to host Young Adult Financial Literacy Forum
May 23, 2019

Weekly Updates: Upcoming Young Adult Financial Literacy Forum & more news!
May 17, 2019

Hazardous Waste Collection Event this Saturday
May 14, 2019

Weekly Updates: Taking a stand in Harrisburg
May 14, 2019

Standing up to political gamesmanship on the House floor
May 09, 2019

Hanbidge announces school safety grants for North Penn High School and North Montco Tech Center
May 01, 2019

Weekly Updates: Happy (belated) Earth Day and more
Apr 26, 2019

Hanbidge to host Juvenile Addiction Prevention Forum on May 2
Apr 25, 2019

Weekly Updates: Welcoming Students to Harrisburg; Marking Stronger than Hate Day
Apr 12, 2019

Hanbidge to introduce bill to end waitlist for waivers that help individuals with disabilities
Apr 09, 2019