8/14/19 – Transportation Infrastructure – Souderton

(Aug 15, 2019)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Steve Malagari. Read more

 

Malagari, Policy Committee examine transportation infrastructure

(Aug 14, 2019)

In Montgomery County, and across the state, it’s crucial that our communities are interconnected. People need access to good jobs and health services, and this begins with investment in transportation infrastructure. Read more

 

Rep. Malagari applauds regulatory directions of Department of Education

(Aug 14, 2019)

Let’s make sure that all of our educational establishments are doing the best job they can, and that they are accountable to the public. Read more

 

Malagari to host policy hearing on transportation infrastructure Wednesday in Souderton

(Aug 09, 2019)

State Rep. Steve Malagari will host a policy hearing to discuss ways to improve transportation infrastructure for Pennsylvania. The hearing will include testifiers from SEPTA, PennDOT and local municipalities. Read more

 

Malagari supports overhaul of state services, systems

(Jul 31, 2019)

As a member of the Aging and Older Adults Committee, I look forward to improving the way we approach long-term care needs and older adult protective services. Read more

 

Malagari, Hanbidge bring agriculture experts and lawmakers together to raise awareness about the spotted lanternfly

(Jul 23, 2019)

SOUDERTON, July 23 -- State Reps. Steve Malagari and Liz Hanbidge, both D-Montgomery, led a public discussion Monday to raise awareness about the rising threat of the spotted lanternfly. "The invasive insect is destroying trees, crops, landscapes and properties right here in Montgomery County," Malagari explained. "The first step in protecting our communities is through education, specifically focusing on the dangers and what residents can do to help stop the spread of this pest." More than 100 people attended the event. Participants in the informational forum at Dock Mennonite Academy EC-8 Campus had the opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns, and learn about ways to detect and remove the destructive planthopper, including egg scraping and tree banding . "The agriculture industry in Montgomery County and surrounding counties plays a critical role in driving our local economy and creating and sustaining jobs," Hanbidge said. "The spotted lanternfly is putting the success of our local communities and Commonwealth at-risk. This event was an important step in sounding the alarm to prevent further damage to agriculture in our communities." The discussion was a collaborative effort that included Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, state Sen. Maria Collett, D-Montgomery/Bucks, Democratic chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, and representatives of Read more

 

Summer 2019 Newsletter

(Jul 16, 2019)

Read about legislative happenings, upcoming events and more! Read more

 

Malagari to co-host spotted lanternfly information event

(Jun 26, 2019)

Rep. Steve Malagari invites 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. Malagari will host the event along with Rep. Liz Hanbidge and Sen. Maria Collett. The event is open to the public. Anyone with a business 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 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. Adult spotted lanternflies can be seen starting in July. 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

 

Rep. Malagari honors PIAA champion Souderton Area baseball

(Jun 25, 2019)

Win a PIAA title, bang a gong, and visit the House Floor! That's the road Souderton baseball took this year in earning the school's first baseball state championship. Read more

 

Malagari supports bill to remove barrier for junior firefighters

(Jun 19, 2019)

State Rep. Steve Malagari today announced the passage of legislation that would help remove a barrier to getting young people involved with volunteer fire companies. House Bill 1522, which passed 200-1, would eliminate a requirement that junior firefighters complete Department of Conservation and Natural Resources training related to wildfires before they can engage in firefighting activities. Junior firefighters would still complete other training with the State Fire Commissioner and be subject to many other requirements, and any volunteer fire company that felt the DCNR training was relevant could still require it. “As volunteer fire companies look for ways to encourage more young people to become involved, eliminating this requirement makes sense,” said Malagari, D-Montgomery. “My local fire companies have shown support for this bill, and I was pleased to support it on their behalf.” Malagari added that it’s critical to support fire companies and other emergency responders, so they can continue their lifesaving work. “Our local fire companies and emergency responders work to keep us all safe in the most dangerous circumstances. I appreciate their work and will continue to look for opportunities to support them,” Malagari said. Recently, several local EMS and fire companies were awarded state grants totaling more than $122,000. Grants were awarded to: Fairmount Fire Co. - $12,182 Hatfield Volunteer Fire Co. 1 - Read more

 

Malagari lauds House passage of PA Farm Bill

(Jun 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 18 – State Rep. Steve Malagari lauded House passage of the PA Farm Bill package this week. “I was proud to vote for these bills to support agriculture in the 53 rd district and around the state. This package would make important investments to help support and expand the agriculture industry, as well as encourage future farmers,” said Malagari, D-Montgomery. “I’m pleased to see Pennsylvania recognizing the significant role agriculture plays in our economy and taking steps to help the industry thrive.” Malagari co-sponsored the bills in the package, which include initiatives to boost disaster response, help with agricultural business development and succession planning, create grants to encourage the farming of high-priority crops, and re-establish grants that help connect young people with the agriculture industry, among other efforts. More information on the Farm Bill package is available here . Read more

 

House passes bipartisan health care initiative

(Jun 12, 2019)

Yesterday, the House overwhelmingly passed House Bill 3 , which would establish a state-based health insurance exchange and reinsurance program. This legislation can help us preserve access to health care and lower premiums for insurance customers. The federal government currently runs Pennsylvania’s exchange, but we can run our own for less than half of what we pay the federal government. The savings can help us establish a reinsurance program to help pay for high-cost health care claims, which can lower insurance premiums by 5-10 percent. We’ll also be able to tailor the exchange (customer assistance, outreach, enrollment and more) to meet Pennsylvanians' needs. This is great news for the nearly 400,000 health insurance customers who purchase health insurance in the individual market. I’m proud that we were able to work in a bipartisan manner to move this bill. Read more

 

Malagari to introduce bill to exempt detection dogs from licensing fee

(May 15, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 15 – State Rep. Steve Malagari will soon introduce legislation that would exempt detection dogs from licensing fees in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania’s Dog Law already exempts the payment of licensing fees for service dogs and police dogs, but not for detection dogs. Malagari’s bill would remedy the situation and include detection dogs under the exemption. “Detection dogs are trained to protect our communities in emergency situations – sniffing out accelerants, explosives and narcotics. Given that, it’s fitting that we offer the same exemptions for those dogs as we do for police and service dogs,” said Malagari, D-Montgomery. “My bill would support the handlers who work with these dogs in recognition of the vital service they provide.” Malagari circulated a memo seeking support for the bill today. Read more

 

Malagari announces small business grant for Craft-Bilt Manufacturing

(May 09, 2019)

LANSDALE, May 9 – State Rep. Steve Malagari announced that Craft Bilt Manufacturing Co. was awarded a state grant for energy efficiency improvements. The funds come through the Department of Environmental Protection’s Small Business Advantage Grant program. The program provides matching grants to enable small businesses to purchase energy-efficient or pollution-prevention equipment or adopt waste-reduction processes. Craft Bilt, in Souderton, was awarded $6,913 for energy-efficient lighting. “Supporting small businesses that want to make energy-efficient upgrades is good for everyone – the projects can help businesses save money and reduce their impact on our environment,” said Malagari, D-Montgomery. “I applaud Craft Bilt for pursuing this grant, and I am glad to see the state award these funds.” The department awarded nearly $1 million in matching grants for 201 small businesses statewide. More information on the grants is available here . Read more

 

Malagari announces school safety grants

(May 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 1 – State Rep. Steve Malagari announced that school safety grants were awarded to the Souderton and North Penn school districts. 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. “Students and teachers should be focused on learning when they’re at school, not worrying about their safety,” said Malagari, D-Montgomery. “I’m glad the state is investing in our children, and I applaud these schools for taking steps to enhance safety and security.” Souderton Area School District was awarded $74,975. The district sought funds in the categories of safety and emergency plans; specialized staff and student training programs; and cost associated with school resource or police officers. 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

 

Malagari applauds $700,000 railroad grant

(Apr 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 29 – State Rep. Steve Malagari applauded the announcement of a state grant of $700,000 for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority to acquire and install positive train control equipment on four Pennsylvania Northeast Rail locomotives. “It's crucial to invest in transportation in Montgomery and Bucks counties because it's a public transit hub in Pennsylvania. Thousands of commuters depend on rail transit every single day and knowing that they can arrive to work safely is paramount,” said Malagari, D-Montgomery. “I'm extremely pleased that the governor is putting this investment into our rail system, and I hope to continue to prioritize public transit and transportation safety.” The Wolf administration announced the grant as part of 27 rail freight improvement projects that will help create and sustain 255 jobs across the state. Residents can read more about the state’s investments here . Read more

 

Take PennDOT's winter services survey

(Apr 10, 2019)

I received the following information from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. PennDOT is accepting winter services feedback through an online survey. The public can take the survey through May 7 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PennDOTWinter . The 10-question survey asks how often respondents travel during poor weather, how they rate PennDOT’s winter service, and how they rank snow-removal priorities. Respondents are also asked how they receive PennDOT roadway information, and whether or how they use the state’s 511PA traveler information services. During the winter, www.511PA.com offers its standard traffic and incident information while adding PennDOT plow-truck locations, winter roadway conditions, and other services. Read more

 

Miss my Telephone Town Hall? Listen to the discussion here

(Apr 05, 2019)

Find out what your friends and neighbors had to say on the issues that matter. Read more

 

Malagari to host telephone town hall on April 4

(Apr 02, 2019)

LANSDALE, April 2 – State Rep. Steve Malagari will host a telephone town hall at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4 to discuss his first quarter in office and issues such as education, the environment, taxes and transportation. Residents of the district will receive a call to their home phones at 7 p.m. that evening. To “attend” the meeting, they can simply stay on the phone. Anyone who wants to make sure they will receive the phone call, or who wants to register a cell phone, can sign up at www.pahouse.com/Malagari/townhall . People may listen in and ask questions, or leave feedback when the meeting has ended. Questions can be submitted in advance by emailing townhall@pahouse.net . “This is a great opportunity for residents to learn more about the issues we’re discussing in Harrisburg and to ask questions about the issues that matter most to them – all from the comfort of their homes,” said Malagari, D-Montgomery. “I look forward to a great discussion with community members.” Anyone with questions should call Malagari’s office at 267-768-3671. Read more

 

Substance Abuse Resource Information Forum: March 7

(Feb 27, 2019)

State Rep. Steve Malagari will partner with the Drug Addiction Resource Alliance beginning 6 p.m., Thursday, March 7 at the Lansdale YMCA for a special resource information forum on substance abuse. Read more