Weekly Updates from Rep. Hanbidge-Feb. 8

(Feb 11, 2019)

Dear Friends, Every day, I am grateful for the opportunity you have given me to serve my community. My office staff and I have served over 650 constituents since we opened our office on Dec. 3, and each interaction has left my office with a stronger understanding of our community and community members’ needs. I have been fortunate to meet many neighbors who share with me fascinating stories and experiences that will help inform my decisions on the House floor. With that in mind, I ask that you complete my legislative survey so that I can continue to learn more about your priorities. Governor Wolf’s budget address It was an exciting week in Harrisburg, as this week marked the beginning of the 2019 legislative session’s budget negotiations. On Tuesday, Governor Wolf delivered an address to a joint session in the House Chamber regarding his proposal. Governor Wolf began his address stating that his new budget creates no new taxes. His proposed budget would expand early childhood education, increase public education funding by $300 million, invest $10 million in career readiness training, increase the price floor of public school teachers’ wages from $18,500 per year to $45,000 per year, provide funds to combat the opioid crisis, invest $5 million in farmers with grants and credits, and increase the minimum wage this year from $7.25 to $12. Read more


Senior SEPTA Key Card Application Information

(Feb 05, 2019)

As many of you know, SEPTA is switching to electronic key cards for all of its services, including the Seniors Ride Free program, which allows seniors (those 65 and older) to ride free all day, every day, on SEPTA buses, trolleys, subways and regional rail. If you are 65 and you haven’t yet signed up to get your new SEPTA Key Senior ID card, you can brave the lines at SEPTA headquarters downtown—or you can simply stop by my office anytime that’s convenient for you. There’s no need to make an appointment. Bring a valid, state-issued proof of your birthdate (such as a photo driver’s license, Pennsylvania non-driver’s ID card or passport) to my office at 1098 W. Skippack Pike in Blue Bell. You will fill out a short form and have your photograph taken in the office. The whole process takes no more than 5 minutes. SEPTA will mail your new Key Senior ID card directly to you when it is ready, which will likely be within 2 to 4 weeks. If you have any questions about the SEPTA Key Senior ID card—what it looks like, how to get it or how to use it—or about any other state-related issue, don’t hesitate to reach out to my staff. I hope to see you in the office! Read more


Hanbidge appointed to three House committees

(Jan 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – State Rep. Liz Hanbidge, D-Montgomery, today announced she was appointed to serve on three House committees: Commerce, Local Government, and Agriculture and Rural Affairs. “Committees are a critical part of the legislative process, and I’m ready to get to work fighting for the issues that matter to residents in Montgomery County and across the commonwealth,” said Hanbidge. “Serving on these committees will allow me to put the interests and well-being of people first, by helping to ensure a fair and balanced economy, making sure that the food we eat is safe, preserving and protecting vital farmlands and open spaces, and working with local government officials to improve infrastructure and boost local economies.” The Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee reviews bill that affect agriculture in Pennsylvania and has oversight of the Department of Agriculture, the Farm Show Bureau, Milk Marketing Board, State Conservation Committee and Agriculture Land Preservation Board. The Local Government Committee reviews bills that affect counties, cities, boroughs and townships. It has oversight of the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System. The Commerce Committee reviews legislation involving the banking and financial services industries. It has oversight of the Department of Banking, Department of Community and Economic Development, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, the Securities Commission, and the Pennsylvania Read more


Latest Road Work and Closures in the Montco Region- Jan. 25

(Jan 25, 2019)

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today reopened the bridge carrying Old Forty Foot Road over Skippack Creek in Towamencin Township, Montgomery County. The bridge was completed several months ahead of schedule. Preliminary construction will begin on Monday, Jan. 28, on a project to widen and reconstruct a 2.8-mile section in East Norriton and Whitpain townships, Montgomery County. Under this project, PennDOT will reconstruct and widen U.S. 202 from two lanes to five lanes, with a center turn lane from Township Line Road to just south of Morris Road; install five-foot bicycle lanes in both directions along the entire project area; and build new sidewalks at various locations along the corridor. U.S. 1 South (Roosevelt Blvd.) LEFT LANE CLOSED between Fox St. Exit & I-76 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. from Jan. 26 to Jan. 27, due to Bridge Inspection. INTERMITTENT LANE RESTRICTIONS between I-76 & 9th St. from 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. from Jan. 28 to Jan. 31, due to Drain Cleaning/Debris Removal. I-76 E & W INTERMITTENT LANE RESTRICTIONS between I-76 & I-95 from 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. from Jan. 28 – Jan. 31, due to Drain Cleaning/Debris Removal. INTERMITTENT LANE RESTRICTIONS between U.S. 1 (City Ave.) & 26th St. from 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. from Jan. 28 – Jan. 31, due to Drain Cleaning/Debris Removal. CLOSED & DETOURED between I-676 & South St. from 11 p.m. - 5 a.m. from Jan. 28 – Feb. 1, due to Viaduct Read more


Rep. Hanbidge food drive for federal workers

(Jan 25, 2019)

We are in the midst of the longest government shutdown in American history, and there is seemingly no end in sight. Federal workers have now been denied two paychecks. Together, we need to stand in solidarity with our friends, families, and neighbors affected by the federal government shutdown. It is with this in mind that my office will begin collecting food donations for local food banks. Please stand with the furloughed federal workers and those working without pay by bringing donations of unexpired, nonperishable food items to my district office at 1098 Skippack Pike in Blue Bell any weekday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for as long as the shutdown persists so we can provide local food banks with resources to help families in our community. Read more


Hanbidge to host Inaugural Town Hall meeting next Thursday

(Jan 25, 2019)

BLUE BELL, Jan. 25 – State Rep. Liz Hanbidge, D-Montgomery, will host her first town hall meeting next Thursday, Jan. 31 from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Montgomery County Community College’s Science Center Theater, 340 Dekalb Pike, in Blue Bell. Attendees will be able to meet Hanbidge, learn about her legislative priorities and have the opportunity to ask questions about the issues that matter to them. “I’m excited to be able to update the district on what is happening in Harrisburg, including my first proposed bill, which would make voting in Pennsylvania more accessible,” Hanbidge said. “The town hall will allow constituents to learn more about our legislature’s priorities for the new session as we look to address the challenges facing Pennsylvanians, including education funding, access to affordable healthcare, gun safety policies, and making sure that Harrisburg is working for us.” Hanbidge said the event will also allow her to directly listen to the needs of constituents and the issues they want to see addressed by their state government. “Listening to the needs, hopes, and concerns of our neighbors should be the priority of every state representative,” Hanbidge said. “These informative discussions with constituents help ensure that everyone has a voice in Harrisburg. I look forward to hearing from everyone at the town hall on Thursday.” Residents can call Hanbidge’s district Read more


Hanbidge named to leadership position in Southeast Delegation

(Jan 23, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 23 – State Rep. Liz Hanbidge, D-Montgomery, was appointed to serve as the regional vice chair for Montgomery County, a key leadership position for the Southeast Delegation of the PA House Democratic Caucus. The Southeast Delegation, the largest in the PA House, is one of the most powerful delegations. With 35 members, 14 of whom are freshman, the delegation is also one of the fastest-growing. Members in the delegation represent eight counties: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery and York. “I am honored to have been selected for this leadership position, especially as a first-term legislator,” Hanbidge said. “I’m looking forward to working with my fellow Montgomery County representatives and advocating for the issues that matter most to residents of southeastern Pennsylvania.” Hanbidge noted that the leadership structure of the delegation consists of vice chairs who serve the entire delegation and regional vice chairs who are responsible for their geographical area. The delegation is led by Chairwoman Margo Davidson, D-Delaware. Hanbidge represents the 61 st Legislative District and is serving her first term in the General Assembly. She is the first Democrat to represent the district since its formation in 1969. She encourages residents to contact her office with any state government-related matter. Read more


Latest Road Work and Closures in the Montco Region

(Jan 18, 2019)

Construction on Old Forty Foot Rd. in Towamencin Township is running ahead of schedule. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of this month, and the bridge will, once again, be open to commuters. Single lane closures are scheduled on Main Street between 4 th Avenue and 5 th Avenue in Royersford Borough, Montgomery County, on Monday, January 21, through Friday, January 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for traffic signal installations. Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the area because slowdowns will occur. The contractor’s schedule is weather dependent. On I-76 E & W T Shoulder closures between Montgomery Drive and the PA turnpike from January 21 to January 25, due to the installation of raceways for power and communications. Intermittent lane restrictions between US 1 (City Ave.) & 26th St from January 22 to January 24, due to debris removal and drain cleaning. Intermittent lane restrictions between I-76 & I-95 from January 22 to January 24, due to debris removal and drain cleaning. Moving operation with road closures in Upper Merion, Lower Merion twps., West Conshohocken Borough between I-276 (PA Turnpike) & US 1 (City Ave.) from January 21 to January 2, due to litter and debris removal. I-95 N & S Lane closures between PA 611 North & Aramingo Ave. from January 20 to January 25, due to highway guide rail maintenance. Intermittent lane restrictions between Phila. Int. Airport & PA Read more


Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

(Jan 18, 2019)

If you are looking for community service opportunities to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, here are a few local service activities in which you can participate: St. John Lutheran Church on Skippack Pike in Blue Bell is hosting a Community Day of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 21 . There will be multiple service projects occurring simultaneously. The group of volunteers will be working with Meals on Wheels, Maddie Dixon Community Cupboard, Whitpain Volunteer Fire Department, Whitpain Police, Salvation Army, Silver Springs Martin Luther School, Childway Homes, Artman Home and more! All are welcome to join between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.stjohnbluebell.org or call 610-277-1086. Friends of Lansdale Parks will be hosting a cleanup day on January 21 in Lansdale area parks where they will concentrate on scraping off the egg sacs of the invasive spotted lantern fly and cleaning up trash. If you are interested in cleaning up and protecting our local parks, email FriendsofLansdaleParks@gmail.com for more information. Arcadia University and the Cheltenham-area NAACP’s MLK Holiday Program and Youth Forum Arcadia University’s Office of Institutional Diversity and the Cheltenham-area NAACP are hosting their annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Program and youth forum from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the University Commons Great Room at 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038. The program Read more


Hanbidge, Malagari, and Collett to host LIHEAP “Home Heating Workshop” next Thursday

(Jan 17, 2019)

BLUE BELL, Jan. 17 – State Reps. Liz Hanbidge and Steve Malagari, both D-Montgomery, along with state Sen. Maria Collett, D-Montgomery/Bucks, will host a “Home Heating Workshop” from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 in the North Wales Borough Hall, 300 School St., North Wales. The workshop is open to the public and will include representatives from the PA Department of Human Services who will discuss Universal Service Programs such as the Customer Assistance Program, LIHEAP grants, the CARES program, Smart Comfort, and the Dollar Energy Fund. “I’m excited to partner with my fellow newly-elected officials and the DHS to offer this workshop to ensure all Montgomery County residents are able to stay warm this winter without sacrificing their budget,” Hanbidge said. “Pennsylvania offers many affordable and excellent services that can improve the health and safety of our families, and it’s important that we, as elected officials, inform our communities about how we can make government work for us.” Staff will also be on hand to assist with registering for LIHEAP. “With the height of the winter season approaching, it is crucial that our residents are able to stay warm,” Malagari said. “I am glad that along with my colleagues, we will help create awareness of the LIHEAP program and help to provide a resource for those struggling to heat their homes.” LIHEAP offers cash grants of Read more


Hanbidge proposes voting reform bill

(Jan 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 16 – State Rep. Liz Hanbidge, D-Montgomery, announced that she is proposing new legislation that would make voting more accessible to all Pennsylvanians. The bill would allow an election official to bring a paper ballot – or portable voting machine when available – to any voter outside the physical polling place who has a physical, emotional, intellectual, or developmental disability or short-term inability that would preclude them from easily accessing voting machines. “Just as voting is central to our democratic process, accessibility should become central to the voting process,” said Hanbidge. “It is critical that we enhance accessibility at the voting booth and work to eliminate as many obstacles as possible by minimizing the physical challenges voters face on their way to the ballot box.” Hanbidge said that she’s proposing this bill, her first piece of legislation, to protect every Pennsylvanians’ constitutional right to vote. “Voting is a right and a privilege, and we should treat it as such,” said Hanbidge. “We need to make participation in our government as accessible as possible to as many Pennsylvanians as possible.” Hanbidge’s bill is part of a package of bills, called Your Vote Counts , proposed by PA House Democrats. The package is meant to break down barriers to voting and make it easier for citizens to participate in elections. Hanbidge and her Read more


Hanbidge hears from constituents, shares available services at district office open house

(Jan 11, 2019)

BLUE BELL, Jan. 11 – State Rep.-Elect Liz Hanbidge, D-Montgomery, and her staff welcomed constituents at her Blue Bell District Office, located at 1098 Skippack Pike, yesterday afternoon for an open house. Attendees enjoyed light refreshments and learned about the different ways Hanbidge and her office can help with state programs and services. “Being accessible and providing top-quality constituent services through our office are important priorities for me,” Hanbidge said. “The open house was a tremendous opportunity to ensure Montgomery County residents know we are here to listen, serve and help with a wide-range of issues, including SEPTA passes for seniors, PennDOT forms, vital records, tax forms, unemployment issues, notary services and more.” The event also allowed Hanbidge to directly listen to the needs of constituents and what they would like to see from their representative. “I appreciate and welcome any chance to hear directly from my neighbors about what issues are most important to them,” Hanbidge said. “We had informative discussions throughout the afternoon, and it was a real pleasure to hear constituents’ ideas and hopes for our community and commonwealth. Thank you to everyone who joined and shared their thoughts with me.” Hanbidge will also be hosting her Inaugural Town Hall meeting on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Montgomery County College, 340 Dekalb Pike, in Read more


What are the biggest challenges facing Pennsylvania government and our communities?

(Jan 11, 2019)

With the new legislative session beginning, I need to know – what’s the biggest challenge facing our area? Jobs? Schools? Good government? Roads? Health care? Clean Air & Water? I want to know what matters the most to YOU and your family? Read more


Veterans services

(Dec 01, 2018)

Below are a number of programs and services available to help veterans and their families. Please share this list with any veterans in your life. Veterans Temporary Assistance Temporary help is available for veterans and their beneficiaries who need aid for essentials such as shelter, fuel, clothing and food. If eligible, a veteran or their beneficiary can qualify for up to $1,600 in a 12-month period. The Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption Program Any honorably discharged veteran who is 100 percent disabled, a resident of Pennsylvania and has financial need can apply for this program, which provides real estate tax exemption on principal dwellings. Educational Gratuity Program Children of honorably discharged veterans with service-connected disabilities or children of veterans who died in service during a period of war or armed conflict qualify for up to $500 per semester/term to help defray educational costs. Military Family Relief Assistance Program Eligible Pennsylvania service members and their family members who have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control can apply for up to $3,500 in grants. This program is available for active and past service members. Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Program Grants are available for veterans’ services organizations, non-profit organizations with a mission of serving Pennsylvania veterans, individual eligible counties and the State Read more


Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Dec 01, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. Read more