“Our schools, specifically teachers, staff and students, did a remarkable job adapting to unprecedented circumstances and conditions since March of 2020,” Malagari said. “It’s rewarding to see North Penn School District approved for a grant since it found a way to make off-site learning work during very trying times – and for that it should be applauded.” Read more
“I’m thankful to see this grant approved, providing for the purchase of school buses in my district,” Malagari said. “Diesel is a more energy-efficient option than gasoline, and the new clean-diesel powered buses will help to improve air quality by reducing emissions in the communities of the 53rd Legislative District and around the state.” Read more
Find resources for reporting damage, avoiding scams and dishonest contractors, finding cleanup help and more in this week's community update. Read more
Learn about the latest achievements from students in our community as well as more details on my upcoming Senior Fair. Read more
Find links for the latest news on COVID-19 and learn about the two PennDOT resurfacing projects in my latest community update. Read more
“After having numerous conversations with residents and state officials, I’m thrilled to see the state step in with 100 percent funding for these projects to improve roadways in our district,” Malagari said. Read more
Learn more about the child tax credit, Lansdale has been approved for a $280K grant to improve traffic flow, and my office has resumed mobile office hours. Read more
LANSDALE, July 7 – State Rep. Steve Malagari, D-Montgomery, today announced that Lansdale Borough received $280,000 to upgrade seven traffic signal controllers. “This funding from PennDOT’s Green Light-Go Program will help Lansdale improve traffic flow throughout the borough, thereby relieving long wait times at several traffic lights,” Malagari said. Lansdale was one of 50 municipalities throughout the state selected to receive a grant. More information and a complete list of grant recipients can be found online. “I’ve heard from multiple Lansdale residents about heavy traffic and the need to reassess traffic signals, so I’m proud to help secure this funding,” Malagari said. Green Light-Go grants reimburse municipalities for updates to improve traffic signal efficiency and operation. The grants can be used for projects such as installation of LED technology, traffic signal retiming, developing special event plans, monitoring traffic signals, and upgrading signals to the latest technologies. More information is available by calling Malagari’s office at 267-768-3671. Read more
Late Friday evening, the House passed its $40 billion spending plan for the fiscal year beginning on July 1. Read more
HARRISBURG, June 28 – State Rep. Steve Malagari, D-Montgomery, released the following statement regarding the passage of Pennsylvania’s budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1: “This year’s budget had a number of small victories, such as providing funding for emergency rental assistance for Pennsylvanians still struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as fully funding our state police and Department of Environmental Protection. However, where there are just a handful of small victories, there are several missed opportunities. “Pennsylvania recently dropped to 47th in the nation for education funding, and we see stark inequities throughout our public education system. This budget does increase our education funding by $300 million, with $100 million going to our commonwealth’s most underfunded districts, but this is only a 4.8% gain. We can do better to fairly fund education in Pennsylvania and fix the disparities harming students in underfunded schools, but this is a small step in the right direction. “While I believe education funding could have been a higher priority, I am proud to share that I helped bring home $2.45 million for North Penn and Souderton Area school districts. By working together with other Montgomery County legislators, including those across the aisle, we were able to secure this funding to address the needs and concerns that Read more
HARRISBURG, June 22 – State Rep. Steve Malagari, D-Montgomery, introduced H.B. 1639, which would dub a portion of a Montgomery County roadway as the Honorable Robert W. Godshall Memorial Highway. Malagari said that the roadway noted in his legislation is the section of Pennsylvania Route 113 from its intersection with Schoolhouse Road, in Franconia Township, and State Route 4027, also known as County Line Road in Souderton Borough. Godshall served as the elected representative in the PA House for the 53rd Legislative District for 36 years. As a legislator, Malagari said that Godshall was an advocate for countless issues, including health care and tourism. Godshall died from cancer in 2019. “Representative Godshall was remarkably committed to being an accessible state representative and used his position to better the lives of Pennsylvanians with terminal illnesses,” Malagari said. “His legislation that allowed patients living with terminal illnesses to try treatments not yet approved by the FDA eventually expanded into national law.” Malagari’s legislation cleared the House Transportation Committee today. Next, it will be sent to the full House for a vote. “Representative Godshall was devoted to our community as he served 18 consecutive terms in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives plus an additional 20 years in other local offices. I’m happy to memorialize his Read more
As budget talks continue in Harrisburg, I’m hopeful that we will be able to pass a spending plan before the end of the month. Read more
LANSDALE, June 4 – State Rep. Steve Malagari announced that Discover Lansdale received a $14,310 grant to go toward the development of the town’s welcome center. The 1902 Reading Freight House, a striking stone structure, will undergo renovations to serve as Lansdale’s welcome center. The freight area will be repurposed as a public/private venue to support operations. “The Reading Freight House is among the most iconic and visible structures in our community, so it’s the perfect place to welcome travelers or anyone just passing through our area,” Malagari said. “Lansdale has a rich history and its own unique personality, so I am hopeful that a welcome center will attract others to the area who will see that.” This grant comes from the Keystone Historic Preservation grant program. The program is used to fund preservation, rehabilitation and restoration activities of historic sites that are eligible for or listed in the National Register of Historic Places. A complete list of awardees is available online. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 24 – State Rep. Steve Malagari, D- Montgomery, is introducing legislation that would help Pennsylvania’s 200 crematoriums operate more efficiently. It’s recommended that crematoriums operate between 1400º F and 1800º F. Current regulations state any crematorium put into operation past April 1989 is required to operate with a temperature of 1800º F. But Malagari said that’s too high, and the temperatures need to be turned down. “Operating at the highest temperature causes unnecessary burden on equipment, leads to higher fuel consumption, and increases environmental gas emissions,” said Malagari. “By dialing down the temperature a few hundred degrees, we would help mitigate the high costs for the state’s crematoriums.” Malagari’s proposal would set the minimum operating temperature of a crematorium at 1400º F. All other regulations pertaining to the operation of animal and human crematory incinerators would be carried over into this statute. “Most of the state’s crematoriums are family owned,” said Malagari. “With the recent and continued rise in demand for cremation services, this legislation would allow these businesses to operate in a more efficient and cost-effective manner, providing much-needed support for this industry.” This legislation would be known as the Crematory Regulation Act. It’s expected to be introduced soon. Read more
LANSDALE, May 12 – State Rep. Steve Malagari, D-Montgomery, today announced that a local café/market and Souderton Area School District received a collective total of $13,000 in grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Small Batch Kitchen in Lansdale received a $10,000 grant through the Pennsylvania Farm Bill's Urban Agriculture Grant Program. Funds will be used toward costs related to preservation equipment for urban farm products. “Access to locally grown, nutritious and sustainable food is a critical part of building a healthy community and ensuring that no Pennsylvanian goes hungry,” Malagari said. More information about the urban agriculture grant program and awardees can be accessed online at: https://www.media.pa.gov/pages/agriculture_details.aspx?newsid=1085 . Additionally, Souderton Area School District received a $3,000 Ag and Youth grant . Funding will go toward an aeroponic growing program in the high school’s greenhouse. “Inspiring students to pursue agriculture is a valuable investment in both food security in Pennsylvania and lucrative career opportunities for our next generation of farmers,” Malagari said. Questions may be directed to Malagari’s office by calling (267) 768-3671. Read more
Rep. Malagari's spring newsletter including information on the upcoming primary, a vaccine update, grants awarded to the community and more. Read more
Everyone deserves the opportunity to start a family, regardless of their circumstance. It’s a right, and it’s time we start treating it that way. Read more
Vaccine eligibility has opened up to any Pennsylvanian 16 and older who wants their shot. Not sure how to get it? Here are a couple easy options... Read more
Our Pennsylvania Rescue Plan invests in technology, including making sure the commonwealth grows our already robust biotechnology research industry into a global leader. Read more
Video recording and powerpoint presentation from my virtual town hall with PHEAA on paying for college. Read more
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