Feb. 11 update: Budget discussions begin in Harrisburg

(Feb 11, 2022)

On Tuesday, Governor Wolf delivered his annual budget address to the General Assembly. Read more

 

Jan. 28 update: Governor comes to town, calls for minimum wage increase

(Jan 28, 2022)

Yesterday, I was proud to welcome Governor Tom Wolf and many of my colleagues from both the House and Senate to our incredible district. Read more

 

Lawmakers to seek easier name-change process for LGBTQ+ Pennsylvanians

(Jan 20, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 20 – Members of the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus are introducing legislation that would destigmatize and create a safer and easier name-change process for LGBTQ+ Pennsylvanians, especially transgender, non-binary and gender expansive people in the commonwealth. The Pennsylvania LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus is a bipartisan and bicameral caucus made up of members of the General Assembly whose mission is to advocate for equality for LGBTQ+ communities across Pennsylvania. Reps. Brian Sims, D-Phila., Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, and Sen. Katie Muth, D-Berks/Chester/Montgomery, are co-chairs of the caucus. Spurred by a Pennsylvania Senate Policy Committee hearing on the barriers in Pennsylvania for the transgender community in June 2021, members of the caucus worked with stakeholders to draft six key pieces of legislation to update Pennsylvania’s antiquated name change process and provide funding and safeguards for those seeking to change their name. The legislative package is being co-authored by Frankel and Muth, Reps. Nancy Guenst, D-Montgomery/Phila., Emily Kinkead, D-Allegheny, Ben Sanchez, D-Montgomery, Melissa Shusterman, D-Montgomery, and Joe Webster, D-Montgomery; and state Sens. Amanda Cappelletti, D-Delaware/Montgomery, Tim Kearney, D-Chester/Delaware, and Lindsey Williams, D-Allegheny. Co-sponsorship memorandums have been circulated and the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus is calling on their colleagues in both chambers to sign onto these important Read more

 

Jan. 14 update: House talks redistricting during first session week of 2022

(Jan 14, 2022)

On Monday, January 10, the Pennsylvania House commenced its first session week of the year. Read more

 

Sanchez announces nearly $250K grant benefiting the Twining Valley Park project

(Dec 30, 2021)

UPPER DUBLIN, Dec. 30 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez, D-Montgomery, announced today that Upper Dublin Township received a $249,100 grant to go toward the development of Twining Valley Park. This award will help fund the construction of a dog park, pump track, pickleball courts, pedestrian walkways, a parking area, stormwater management measures, installation of play equipment, lighting and utilities, ADA access, landscaping and other related site improvements. “Redeveloping a former 105-acre golf course into what will be Twining Valley Park has been an exciting project underway in my district for some time. It’s uplifting to have these state dollars return to our region and see them benefit a project that countless people will enjoy for years to come,” Sanchez said. “The additions of a dog park, pickleball courts, pedestrian walkways and play equipment for children ensure that this park will have something for everyone and help strengthen our sense of community.” The awarded funds are part of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Grant Program. This grant was allocated from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. More information on DCNR grant programs can be found on the department’s website . Read more

 

Dec. 30 update: Happy New Year!

(Dec 30, 2021)

My staff and I wish you and yours a safe and happy new year. Here’s to a prosperous and joyous 2022! Read more

 

Dec.17 update: Happy holidays from my district office

(Dec 17, 2021)

I hope that everyone in the 153rd Legislative District has had a very happy holiday season thus far. Read more

 

Sanchez announces $750K grant awarded to Salem Baptist Church

(Dec 09, 2021)

ABINGTON, Dec. 9 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez, D-Montgomery, announced that Salem Baptist Church of Abington, located in Abington Township, received a $750,000 grant to help fund campus renovations for an accessible community event and banquet space. Renovations include accessibility upgrades, enhanced safety systems, upgraded mechanical and electrical infrastructure, and improved ventilation and airflow systems. This project will also create a full-service commercial kitchen with infrastructure to support handicap access to the space, and a 2,000 square foot community café on the church’s campus which will serve as a much-needed flexible and co-working space within the local area. “This funding will help Salem Baptist Church become an accessible community center for people of all abilities. It’s highly rewarding to see state dollars being used toward inclusivity efforts right here in Montgomery County,” Sanchez said. This grant comes from the Office of the Budget’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenue or other measures of economic activity. For more information, contact Sanchez’s office at 215-517-6800. Read more

 

Sanchez announces $2M state grant for cancer treatment option at Holy Redeemer Hospital in Abington Township

(Dec 06, 2021)

ABINGTON, Dec. 6 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez, D-Montgomery, today announced that Holy Redeemer Hospital has been selected to receive a $2 million grant from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. Funding will go toward the construction of a Linear Accelerator Vault. This vault will provide radiation shielding during cancer treatments. Construction includes site preparation, renovation and the internal fit-out for the LINAC vault. The project will also renovate 2,300 square feet of existing space and add an additional 1,760 square feet. “This grant will help modernize Holy Redeemer’s cancer treatment options and assist those battling this diagnosis,” Sanchez said. “LINAC vaults are complex, yet effective pieces of technology that can destroy cancer cells without harming surrounding tissue. I’m confident that this investment will have a tremendous impact on Pennsylvanians battling cancer and our area’s medical capabilities.” RACP is a grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. More information is available online at https://www.budget.pa.gov/Programs/RACP/ . Read more

 

Dec. 3 update: Governor vetoes dangerous concealed carry bill

(Dec 03, 2021)

Three weeks ago, the Pennsylvania House ran a late session as we debated Senate Bill 565. Read more

 

Nov. 19 update: House passes dangerous concealed carry bill

(Nov 19, 2021)

Earlier this week, I spoke in the House chamber in opposition to Senate Bill 565. Read more

 

Sanchez applauds $40K grant toward creation of community park

(Nov 19, 2021)

UPPER DUBLIN, Nov. 19 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez, D-Montgomery, today announced that Upper Dublin Township received $40,000 from the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program to benefit the Twining Valley Park development project. Funding will help cover expenses associated with phase two of the project, which includes the construction of a bike park. The bike park will include a bike playground and asphalt pump track. “Phase one of the Twining Valley Park development project constructed five miles of trails, so providing the option to bike is a logical next step that I think many community members will enjoy,” Sanchez said. “Secluded and protected bike trails offer a pleasant escape from bike lanes in urban areas, and this will be a welcomed addition to our community.” This redevelopment project consists of repurposing a former 105-acre golf course into a community park. The total project cost is $652,610. For more information, contact Sanchez’s office at 215-517-6800. Read more

 

Nov. 4 update: Recognizing Veterans Day, Vaccine & Insurance Information

(Nov 04, 2021)

As we pay homage to our nation’s veterans on Thursday, Nov. 11, my district office will be closed for the day. Read more

 

Oct. 21 update: Are you ready to vote on (or before) Nov. 2?

(Oct 21, 2021)

I hope that everyone will participate in their civic duty on Nov. 2 and vote in the municipal election. Read more

 

Oct. 8 update: Recognizing LGBTQ+ History Month

(Oct 08, 2021)

This month, we recognize the important moments in the history of LGBTQ+ people. Read more

 

Reps. Daley, Malagari, Sanchez announce $100K grant for Hedwig House

(Oct 06, 2021)

“People living with severe and persistent mental health issues often face unimaginable barriers when looking for affordable housing or securing steady employment,” said Sanchez, D-Montgomery. “The work that Hedwig House does to help mental health consumers meet their goals and achieve a sense of stability truly does make a positive impact on people’s lives. This funding will help Hedwig House continue to provide invaluable services to members of our community and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to lead healthy, productive lives.” Read more

 

Fall 2021 Newsletter

(Sep 29, 2021)

News and updates for the 153rd District Read more

 

Sept. 24 update: Honoring a local Vietnam veteran

(Sep 24, 2021)

On Sept. 15, 53 years after his death, I had the privilege and honor of leading the dedication ceremony of the Corporal Vincent J. Wargo Jr., U.S.M.C. Memorial Highway, a portion of Fitzwatertown Road that stretches from North Hills Ave. to Jenkintown Road. Read more

 

Sanchez: Constitutional amendments are better determined during high voter turnout elections

(Sep 22, 2021)

Constitutional amendments need to be scrutinized by a large cross-section of voters. High levels of voter participation would help ensure the changes made truly represent the will and voice of the people. Read more

 

Sept. 10 update: The Day America Lost Its Innocence; Ida Recovery Info

(Sep 10, 2021)

Our world right now might sometimes feel divided, but I firmly believe that what we witnessed then remains inside us, and I remain hopeful we can – and will – display it again. Read more

 

Feb. 11 update: Budget discussions begin in Harrisburg
Feb 11, 2022

Jan. 28 update: Governor comes to town, calls for minimum wage increase
Jan 28, 2022

Lawmakers to seek easier name-change process for LGBTQ+ Pennsylvanians
Jan 20, 2022

Jan. 14 update: House talks redistricting during first session week of 2022
Jan 14, 2022

Sanchez announces nearly $250K grant benefiting the Twining Valley Park project
Dec 30, 2021

Dec. 30 update: Happy New Year!
Dec 30, 2021

Dec.17 update: Happy holidays from my district office
Dec 17, 2021

Sanchez announces $750K grant awarded to Salem Baptist Church
Dec 09, 2021

Sanchez announces $2M state grant for cancer treatment option at Holy Redeemer Hospital in Abington Township
Dec 06, 2021

Dec. 3 update: Governor vetoes dangerous concealed carry bill
Dec 03, 2021

Nov. 19 update: House passes dangerous concealed carry bill
Nov 19, 2021

Sanchez applauds $40K grant toward creation of community park
Nov 19, 2021

Nov. 4 update: Recognizing Veterans Day, Vaccine & Insurance Information
Nov 04, 2021

Oct. 21 update: Are you ready to vote on (or before) Nov. 2?
Oct 21, 2021

Oct. 8 update: Recognizing LGBTQ+ History Month
Oct 08, 2021

Reps. Daley, Malagari, Sanchez announce $100K grant for Hedwig House
Oct 06, 2021

Fall 2021 Newsletter
Sep 29, 2021

Sept. 24 update: Honoring a local Vietnam veteran
Sep 24, 2021

Sanchez: Constitutional amendments are better determined during high voter turnout elections
Sep 22, 2021

Sept. 10 update: The Day America Lost Its Innocence; Ida Recovery Info
Sep 10, 2021