COVID-19 support for PA business

(Apr 03, 2020)

A collection of information and links to assist local businesses during this COVID-19 crisis. Read more

 

Statewide Stay-at-Home Order, Census; voting in the Primary; and opting in to receive valuable information

(Apr 01, 2020)

I am reaching out a little earlier in my email this week in order to get you additional news and information, some of which is outside of the scope of COVID-19. Read more

 

March 27 updates and latest resources on COVID-19

(Mar 27, 2020)

Here is another week’s roundup of news and information regarding COVID-19 that has come out since my last email. I hope it proves useful to try to put everything in one place for you to sift through at your convenience. Read more

 

Continuing updates and latest resources on COVID-19

(Mar 20, 2020)

As we work together to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, I wanted to round up some of the news and information from today I hope you find useful. And, while our office is closed to foot traffic, we are still here to help you as best we can. Contact my office by phone at (215) 517-6800 or by email at RepSanchez@pahouse.net. Read more

 

Latest updates and resources on COVID-19

(Mar 17, 2020)

As we work together to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, I wanted to round up some of the news and information from today you hopefully find useful. Read more

 

PA Turnpike Temporarily Will Not Accept Cash To Safeguard Employee and Traveler Health

(Mar 16, 2020)

Cash customers should NOT stop at tollbooths; they’ll be invoiced by mail starting at 8 p.m. March 16. Read more

 

Pennsylvania Workers Affected by COVID-19 May be Eligible for Unemployment and Workers’ Compensation Benefits

(Mar 16, 2020)

Unemployment compensation claims should be submitted online for faster processing. Read more

 

Wolf Administration Issues Guidance to Non-essential Businesses as Part of COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts

(Mar 16, 2020)

Non-essential businesses include community and recreation centers; gyms, including yoga, barre and spin facilities; hair salons, nail salons and spas; casinos; concert venues; theaters; bars; sporting event venues and golf courses; retail facilities, including shopping malls and except for pharmacy or other health care facilities within retail operations. Read more

 

E-MAIL from March 13: Latest updates on COVID-19

(Mar 13, 2020)

Updates about PennDOT, local charities, businesses and schools. Read more

 

Sanchez district office closing as Montgomery County ramps up coronavirus mitigation efforts

(Mar 12, 2020)

“In order to best serve our constituents and to focus on the health and safety of our residents and my office staff, we are absolutely participating in the mitigation phase that Governor Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine announced earlier today for our county,” Sanchez said. “We remain eager to assist our community in the best ways possible, and we will continue to work in its best interest during this unprecedented time.” Read more

 

Sanchez, Kenyatta discuss legislation about reporting lost or stolen firearms

(Mar 10, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, March 10 – State Reps. Ben Sanchez, D-Montgomery, and Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., on Monday co-hosted a news conference at St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Kenyatta’s 181 st Legislative District to urge the General Assembly to vote on legislation about reporting lost or stolen firearms. “ We’re standing in the epicenter of the gun violence epidemic. It’s right here in North Philly – my community – where countless lives have been taken by guns, particularly guns that have been lost or stolen only to resurface in the hands of dangerous people,” Kenyatta said. “Today, we’re demanding our state legislature to stop ignoring this critical piece of legislation and to stop putting special interests and petty partisanship over what truly matters – lives.” Sanchez reintroduced H.B. 1288 in April – it was first introduced as H.B. 1515 by former state Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery, during the 2013-14 legislative session – to require any owner or other person lawfully in possession of a firearm who suffers the loss or theft of a weapon to report it to law enforcement within 72 hours of the discovery. A failure to do so would result in a summary offense. Bearing the same language, the bill was reintroduced as H.B. 832 during the 2014-15 legislative session and again in the 2016-17 session. To date, the bill has been introduced five times. Read more

 

Sanchez stands up to pass gun safety laws

(Mar 10, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Ben Sanchez joined state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta to address gun violence across the commonwealth. He explained that his legislation would help protect Pennsylvanians and keep firearms in the hands of responsible owners. Read more

 

School safety grants awarded around Montgomery County

(Feb 26, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – Montgomery County state representatives today announced school safety and security grants awarded to school districts throughout the county. The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee awarded a total of $53.7 million in school safety grants. Montgomery County awards are as follows: Abington School District: $455,550 Agora Cyber Charter School: $143,226 Cheltenham Township School District: $45,000 Colonial School District: $45,000 Hatboro-Horsham School District: $45,000 Jenkintown School District: $30,000 Lower Merion School District: $45,000 Lower Moreland Township School District: $40,000 Methacton School District: $221,370 Norristown Area School District: $467,756 North Montco Technical Career Center: $150,000 North Penn School District: $45,000 Perkiomen Valley School District: $45,000 Pottsgrove School District: $40,000 Pottstown School District: $490,000 Souderton Area School District: $460,437 Springfield Township School District: $40,000 Spring-Ford Area School District: $45,000 Upper Dublin School District: $45,000 Upper Merion Area School District: $45,000 Upper Moreland School District: $40,000 Upper Perkiomen School District: $40,000 Western Montgomery Career & Technology Center: $72,994 Wissahickon School District: $45,000 Below are reactions from Democratic state Read more

 

Sanchez discusses WIC, medical marijuana during state budget hearings

(Feb 25, 2020)

From strengthening a critical assistance program to getting updates about medical marijuana dispensaries, Pa. state Rep. Ben Sanchez brought questions from his community to ask the Department of Health during this week’s state budget hearings. Read more

 

Sanchez makes water quality a priority during budget hearing

(Feb 19, 2020)

During this week’s state budget hearings, Pa. state Rep. Ben Sanchez continued his work to protect water quality. Read more

 

Wolf highlights Sanchez gun safety bill in budget address

(Feb 05, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – Gov. Tom Wolf highlighted state Rep. Ben Sanchez’s bill requiring gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms in his budget address today as part of his plan to reduce gun violence in the Commonwealth. Sanchez’s H.B. 1288 would require any owner or other person lawfully in possession of a firearm who suffers the loss or theft of a weapon to report it to law enforcement within 72 hours of the discovery. If a person fails to do so, he or she could be charged with a summary offense. “I’m pleased that Governor Wolf singled out my commonsense gun safety bill, which would require stronger reporting requirements for lost and stolen firearms and help keep guns off the streets,” said Sanchez, D-Montgomery. “The bill would deter gun trafficking by making firearm owners more accountable for their weapons and make our communities safer for all of us.” If H.B. 1288 becomes law, Pennsylvania would join a growing list of other states such as Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia that require the reporting of lost or stolen firearms. Sanchez’s bill previously was introduced by former state Rep. Madeline Dean, and has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee. Read more

 

Sanchez: Abington School District awarded $35,000 in PASmart Grants to advance science, technology education

(Jan 21, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 21 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez applauded Gov. Tom Wolf today for awarding a PASmart Grant worth $35,000 to Abington School District to help expand computer science classes and teacher training. “I’m so proud that Abington earned this funding. It’s critical that our young people have a strong background in science, technology, engineering and math to succeed in today’s competitive marketplace,” said Sanchez, D-Montgomery. “This grant will improve educational opportunities for everyone.” The grants are used to help schools introduce and expand computer science programming and provide educators from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 with training to teach computer science. The grant awardees from across the commonwealth have all prioritized expanding access to computer science for underrepresented students, such as students of color, girls, low-income students and students in rural communities. For more information about PAsmart, visit www.PaSmart.gov . Read more

 

Sanchez congratulates local college for grant to combat sexual assault on campus

(Jan 17, 2020)

ABINGTON, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez congratulates Manor College in the 153th Legislative District on being awarded a $28,962 grant to combat sexual assault on campus. “Our students should be able to focus on their studies in the safest possible environment while pursuing their education,” said Sanchez, D-Montgomery. “Manor College is uniquely positioned to educate about sexual violence on campus and be part of the solution. I’m very pleased that our own Manor College was awarded this state funding to help them in this mission.” Governor Tom Wolf announced $1 million in “It’s On Us” grants today for 26 colleges and universities statewide. More information on the grants is available here . Read more

 

Sanchez announces state grant for Abington School District

(Jan 06, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez, D-Montgomery, announced today Abington School District will benefit from a $25,000 grant awarded this week through the Teacher in the Workplace grants program. The grant money will enable Abington teachers to visit local employers and learn the skills and industry trends that will enhance their classroom instruction, student learning, and career readiness. “These grants build critical bridges between schools and in-demand professions,” Sanchez said. “This is a great program that connects teachers directly with employers. The teachers have the opportunity to learn industry skills trends to bring back to their classrooms to improve their students’ career readiness.” To learn more about the Teacher in the Workplace program, visit the program website at https://www.education.pa.gov/Policy-Funding/SchoolGrants/Pages/TeacherWorkplace.aspx . Read more

 

Sanchez announces DCNR grants of $117,400 for Abington Township, $200K for Upper Dublin to improve community recreational spaces

(Nov 14, 2019)

UPPER DUBLIN, Nov. 14 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez announced that DCNR funds were awarded in the amount of $117,400 for Abington Township and $200,000 for Upper Dublin to develop and rehabilitate local recreational spaces. “I’m proud that the state is making these investments in our recreational spaces, which will increase the quality of life for everyone who lives in our communities,” Sanchez, D-Montgomery, said. “Thanks to these funds, people will be able to enjoy these spaces for generations to come.” Abington Township: The rehabilitation and further development of Briar Bush Nature Center. Work will include the renovation of a pavilion; construction of a pedestrian walkway and parking area; installation of fencing; ADA access, landscaping, project signage and other related site improvements. Upper Dublin Township: The rehabilitation and further development of the Twining Valley property. Work will include the renovation of a pedestrian walkway and parking area; construction of pedestrian walkways, mountain bike trail, boardwalk, pedestrian bridge and parking area; ADA access, landscaping, project signage and other related site improvements. Earlier this fall, DCED’s Commonwealth Financing Authority had awarded Upper Dublin a $120,000 grant to enable the township to begin converting Twining Valley/Upper Dublin Golf and Fitness Club into a Read more

 

COVID-19 support for PA business
Apr 03, 2020

Statewide Stay-at-Home Order, Census; voting in the Primary; and opting in to receive valuable information
Apr 01, 2020

March 27 updates and latest resources on COVID-19
Mar 27, 2020

Continuing updates and latest resources on COVID-19
Mar 20, 2020

Latest updates and resources on COVID-19
Mar 17, 2020

PA Turnpike Temporarily Will Not Accept Cash To Safeguard Employee and Traveler Health
Mar 16, 2020

Pennsylvania Workers Affected by COVID-19 May be Eligible for Unemployment and Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Mar 16, 2020

Wolf Administration Issues Guidance to Non-essential Businesses as Part of COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts
Mar 16, 2020

E-MAIL from March 13: Latest updates on COVID-19
Mar 13, 2020

Sanchez district office closing as Montgomery County ramps up coronavirus mitigation efforts
Mar 12, 2020

Sanchez, Kenyatta discuss legislation about reporting lost or stolen firearms
Mar 10, 2020

Sanchez stands up to pass gun safety laws
Mar 10, 2020

School safety grants awarded around Montgomery County
Feb 26, 2020

Sanchez discusses WIC, medical marijuana during state budget hearings
Feb 25, 2020

Sanchez makes water quality a priority during budget hearing
Feb 19, 2020

Wolf highlights Sanchez gun safety bill in budget address
Feb 05, 2020

Sanchez: Abington School District awarded $35,000 in PASmart Grants to advance science, technology education
Jan 21, 2020

Sanchez congratulates local college for grant to combat sexual assault on campus
Jan 17, 2020

Sanchez announces state grant for Abington School District
Jan 06, 2020

Sanchez announces DCNR grants of $117,400 for Abington Township, $200K for Upper Dublin to improve community recreational spaces
Nov 14, 2019