WEEKLY E-BLAST (Jan. 22): COVID-19 and Judicial Gerrymandering Updates

(Jan 22, 2021)

Following the most recent guidance from the CDC, this week, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced that all individuals 65 and older, and individuals ages 16-64 with certain medical conditions, will be immediately eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Jan. 15): Judicial Gerrymandering: A Threat to our Democracy

(Jan 15, 2021)

The most promising news of the week for many will be that sign ups to pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine are now taking place! Those in groups 1B and 1C can sign up at the link below. Read more

 

Malagari, Hanbidge announce $483K grant to rehabilitate area railroad

(Jan 12, 2021)

HARRISBURG, JAN. 12 – State Reps. Steve Malagari and Liz Hanbidge, both D-Montgomery, today announced that the Pennsylvania Northeastern railroad received a $483,000 grant to replace approximately 6,000 ties on its Stony Creek and Bethlehem branches. “The Pennsylvania Northeastern railroad operates throughout Montgomery, Bucks and Philadelphia counties, so it’s a major contributor to our regional economy,” Hanbidge said. “This $483,000 to help upgrade the Stony Creek and Bethlehem branches will ensure that employees can do their jobs safely and communities throughout the area can continue receiving essentials that this freight line delivers.” “Many Montgomery County residents not only depend on the Pennsylvania Northeastern railroad for income, but also for the delivery of goods like food, lumber and paper products,” Malagari said. “Ensuring the functionality of local freight lines is essential for both our local economy and the prosperity of our community.” Pennsylvania Northeastern railroad was one of 26 rail freight improvement projects to receive funding. The State Transportation Commission voted to approve $31.3 million for the projects through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program and the Rail Freight Assistance Program. For more information on Pennsylvania Department of Transportation rail grant programs, residents may visit the PennDOT Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Dec. 23): Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday

(Dec 23, 2020)

The novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 has left its mark on the entire world. It also shined a glaring light on the shortcomings within our infrastructure on how to handle a global health crisis. Read more

 

Hanbidge, Collett announce $2 million in grants benefitting volunteer firefighter company and domestic violence shelter

(Dec 23, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 23 – State Rep. Liz Hanbidge, D-Montgomery, and Sen. Maria Collett, D-Bucks/Montgomery, today announced that North Penn Volunteer Fire Company and the domestic violence shelter Laurel House both received $1 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grants. “I’m proud to work with Senator Collett and help bring $2 million in state funding home,” Hanbidge said. “Both Laurel House and North Penn Volunteer Fire Company have been there to help county residents through some of the most difficult times of their lives. When people are in crisis, these two facilities are often ones to respond and provide much-needed support. Thank you to the governor for funding these essential resources that help keep Montgomery County residents safe.” “I was glad to partner with Representative Hanbidge on these two important projects. It’s easy to forget that most of our local fire companies are made up of volunteers,” Collett said. “This grant to the North Penn Volunteer Fire Company will not only help them improve their physical facilities, it will help them recruit and retain new members. The grant to Laurel House is similarly vital to our community safety. Domestic violence is widely misunderstood and often overlooked until it is too late, and any support we can lend to organizations like Laurel House and the families they serve is critical.” North Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Dec. 18): Pennsylvania and the coronavirus vaccine

(Dec 18, 2020)

Distribution for the first COVID-19 vaccinations in the United States began this week. The first vaccine in Pennsylvania is believed to have been administered to an acute care nurse practitioner in a surgical intensive care unit at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on Monday morning. Read more

 

Hanbidge applauds $2.2M for domestic violence survivors, children and rehabilitation

(Dec 11, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 11 – State Rep. Liz Hanbidge, D-Montgomery, applauded six Montgomery County organizations and agencies for securing over $2.2 million in grants from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The funds, approved by the PCCD, support a variety of programs and services, including adult probation services, domestic abuse programs and more. The grants awarded in Montgomery County are as follows: Improvement of Adult Probation Services Funds Montgomery County - Improvement of Adult Probation Services - $705,061. VSAC- Federal STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grants Victim Services Center of Montgomery County - Rights and Services Act - $343,686. Montgomery County Commissioners - RASA/VOJO 2021-22 - $801,934. Women’s Center of Montgomery County - Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy Project - $91,650. Montgomery County Commissioners - VOJO JPO - $262,957. State Children’s Advocacy Center Funds Child Advocacy Center of Montgomery County - NCA Accredited Services for Child Abuse Victims - $47,000. "In my work as a child advocate and attorney I worked for child victims of abuse and neglect and, on occasion, abused adults, often utilizing some of these services. I’ve seen first-hand the positive impact that funding for programs like these can have in helping children and adults and setting them up for future successes,” Hanbidge Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Dec. 11): Pennsylvania strengthens targeted mitigation measures

(Dec 11, 2020)

As of today, COVID-19 has taken the lives of over 12,000 Pennsylvanians, and another 248 COVID related deaths were reported yesterday. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Dec. 4): Pennsylvania deserves fair districts

(Dec 04, 2020)

In one of my recent emails, I briefly touched on the importance of our caucus leadership in the redistricting process. Frankly, I am disappointed that this issue remains in the hands of the legislature. Read more

 

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 (Jan. 22): COVID-19 and Judicial Gerrymandering Updates
Jan 22, 2021

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Jan. 15): Judicial Gerrymandering: A Threat to our Democracy
Jan 15, 2021

Malagari, Hanbidge announce $483K grant to rehabilitate area railroad
Jan 12, 2021

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Dec. 23): Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday
Dec 23, 2020

Hanbidge, Collett announce $2 million in grants benefitting volunteer firefighter company and domestic violence shelter
Dec 23, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Dec. 18): Pennsylvania and the coronavirus vaccine
Dec 18, 2020

Hanbidge applauds $2.2M for domestic violence survivors, children and rehabilitation
Dec 11, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Dec. 11): Pennsylvania strengthens targeted mitigation measures
Dec 11, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Dec. 4): Pennsylvania deserves fair districts
Dec 04, 2020

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