Weekly Updates: Welcoming Students to Harrisburg; Marking Stronger than Hate Day

(Apr 12, 2019)

Dear Friends, Recently, we’ve had the pleasure of welcoming many of our younger constituents from across the district to the state Capitol building. Students from North Penn’s Bridle Path and Montgomery Select String Ensemble performed at the Capitol, Gwynedd Mercy Academy 4th graders toured the Capitol, and Montgomery County Community College students visited my Harrisburg office to discuss legislation important to expanding access to community college and workforce development programs across the Commonwealth. It’s been wonderful welcoming these students to the state Capitol. Their curiosity, energy, enthusiasm, and advocacy is inspirational and serves as a reminder as to what this job is all about – securing a future that benefits all Pennsylvanians. As our students are poised to become our next leaders, I am hopeful for our future! I am thankful that these students are taking the opportunity to visit THEIR state Capitol! If you, your group, or any young people in your life ever want to visit the state Capitol building, please reach out to my office. We will be happy to help you schedule a tour to visit the halls of your government and to meet the people who are legislating on your behalf in Harrisburg. Beyond the amazing work occurring in Harrisburg, the building is beautiful and worth the trip. Read more


Hanbidge to introduce bill to end waitlist for waivers that help individuals with disabilities

(Apr 09, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 9 – State Rep. Liz Hanbidge will soon introduce legislation to eliminate lengthy waits for waivers that help individuals with disabilities and older adults access the support and care they need. Home- and Community-Based Services waivers, through Pennsylvania’s Medical Assistance program, are used to ensure individuals with disabilities and older adults receive the care they require. The waivers provide funding to help individuals access specialized health care, medical equipment, mental health crisis intervention, supported employment and many other vital support services. As of January, there were more than 13,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities on the waitlist to receive HCBS waiver benefits. “Some eligible individuals and families have been waiting for years to receive their benefits, and that’s unacceptable,” said Hanbidge, D-Montgomery. “We cannot neglect our duty as legislators to support the most vulnerable members of our community. My legislation would finally allow families to provide their dependent loved ones with the proper care they need.” Hanbidge’s bill would require that individuals receive their benefits no later than 90 days after being deemed eligible for the HCBS waiver program. “This would effectively end the waitlist and provide meaningful relief to those who have endured lengthy waits for benefits. I’m pleased to be able to introduce this legislation on Read more


Weekly Updates: Town Hall meeting and more news

(Apr 05, 2019)

Dear Friends, Our Spring Town Hall Meeting is tomorrow, Saturday, April 6 at 10:30 a.m. at Walton Farm Elementary School, located at 1610 Allentown Rd, Lansdale, PA 19446. I hope you’ll be able to join us. I’m looking forward to hearing from you and learning about your priorities for our district, especially as we draw nearer to budget negotiations. Hearing from residents across our district and being able to react to your needs is the most important and rewarding aspect of my job. If you have any questions about our Town Hall, please call our district office at 610-277-3230 or contact us using this form. I look forward to seeing you tomorrow! Hunting for Unclaimed Property Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella says 1 in 10 Pennsylvanians have unclaimed money waiting for them in the Treasury Department. Unclaimed property is your bank accounts, money orders, bonds, dividends, wages, life insurance policies and other physical and monetary assets that have been lost and have gone “unclaimed” for a period of time. Your money could be waiting for you to claim it. Our office has been searching the Treasury Department’s database for unclaimed Read more


Hanbidge to hold Town Hall Meeting on April 6

(Mar 27, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 27 – State Rep. Liz Hanbidge will host her second Town Hall Meeting from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. April 6 at Walton Farm Elementary School, 1610 Allentown Road in Lansdale. Attendees will be able to meet Hanbidge, learn about her legislative priorities and work in Harrisburg and ask questions about the issues that matter to them. “We began an important conversation at our first Town Hall event in January, and I’m looking forward to continuing that dialogue at our April 6 Town Hall discussion,” said Hanbidge, D-Montgomery. “With the legislative session in full swing, we will be discussing legislation pending before the full House and how it will impact residents in our district and people across Pennsylvania.” Hanbidge said she wants to ensure there is an open line of communication between her office and residents of her district. “Hearing from residents across our district and being able to react to their needs is the most important and rewarding aspect of this job. I look forward to hearing from everyone on April 6 to learn more about how I can effectively serve our district,” she said. Residents can call Hanbidge’s district office at (610) 277-3230 for more information. Those interested can learn more about Hanbidge by visiting her website at www.PaHouse.com/Hanbidge , or following her at www.Facebook.com/RepHanbidge and www.Twitter.com/RepHanbidge . Read more


Hanbidge congratulates Towamencin Municipal Authority on state grant

(Mar 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 26 – State Rep. Liz Hanbidge congratulates the Towamencin Municipal Authority on being awarded $200,000 in state funds for a study at the waste water treatment facility. The Local Share Account funds were approved Tuesday by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. The Towamencin Municipal Authority was awarded the funding for a Biosolids Process Transformation and Optimization Planning Study leading to the adoption of a sustainable biosolids treatment, handling and disposal process within the next five years. “I applaud Towamencin Township for looking toward the future and taking steps to ensure it is operating its waste water treatment facility responsibly for the benefit of the community and customers,” said Hanbidge, D-Montgomery. Under Act 71, the Gaming Act, these Local Share Account grants in Montgomery County were available for the redevelopment, reuse or revitalization of previously developed land, development of undeveloped land, and projects which construct, expand, or improve water and wastewater infrastructure related to business development. Read more


Weekly Updates: Town Hall Meeting coming up and more news

(Mar 22, 2019)

Dear Friends: As a core interest of mine is good government and heightened transparency, I look forward to hosting our second Town Hall Meeting on April 6 at 10:30 a.m. at Walton Farm Elementary School. I hope you’ll be able to join us to learn about updates from Harrisburg, hear about everything our office has been up to over the past few months, find out about our upcoming events, and share with me any questions or concerns you might have. I enjoyed the conversation we began at our first Town Hall, as we focused on the issues impacting our district and discussed our hopes for this legislative session. I look forward to continuing this conversation and hearing from you on April 6. If you have any recommendations on what issues you would like me to address at our April 6 Town Hall, please click here. Rosie the Riveter Day During WWII, millions of women across the nation – including thousands of working women from our Commonwealth – supported the war effort on the home front by leaving their homes to take on factory jobs in unprecedented numbers, working as riveters, buckers, welders, and electricians. Rosie the Riveter instantly became a cultural icon of female patriotism and has evolved into a modern symbol of feminism and women's empowerment. Not only did these women help end the war, they helped redefine traditional gender roles, eradicate barriers to women joining the workforce and pave the way for future generations Read more


What issues do you want Rep. Hanbidge to address at her April 6 Town Hall?

(Mar 21, 2019)

As we prepare our presentation and discussion, I want to ensure that we discuss the issues on your mind. Read more


$2.1 million in Liquid Fuels funds awarded for local roads, bridges

(Mar 15, 2019)

The 61 st legislative district, which includes Whitpain, Upper and Lower Gwynedd, Towamencin Townships and North Wales Borough, has been appropriated $2.1 million from the state to help maintain our local roads and bridges. The funding was awarded through PennDOT's Municipal Liquid Fuels Program, a fund dedicated to improving mobility and safety on our state's roadways by prioritizing infrastructure improvements in municipalities across the Commonwealth. For more information about this program, feel free to contact my office at 610-277-3230. Read more


REAL IDs and more

(Mar 08, 2019)

This week, PennDOT announced that optional REAL ID cards are now available for any interested Pennsylvania resident. To be clear, REAL ID cards are not mandatory and you may not need one . Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, a REAL ID-compliant PA license or ID card will be required to board a domestic flight or enter a federal facility ONLY IF you do not have (and are able to show) your passport or military ID. You can use this tool to determine if you need a REAL ID. To get a REAL ID, you will need to take necessary identifying documentation to any PennDOT Driver’s License Center for verification and your new ID will be mailed to you within 15 business days. Or, you can also visit one of the 12 REAL ID Centers to have your documents verified and receive your ID at the time of service. There are two REAL ID Centers located in Montgomery County – one is in King of Prussia and the other is in Norristown. A REAL ID driver’s license or photo ID costs a one-time fee of $30, plus a renewal fee ($30.50 for a four-year non-commercial driver’s license or photo ID). Another option you have is to apply for a Passport ID card (which you could use for domestic travel and to enter federal facilities), and depending on where you are in your renewal cycle this may be a more cost-effective option for you. To help with the application process, we are hosting a REAL ID Pop-Up event at 2 p.m. Monday, March 11 at the Dock Woods' Fisher Auditorium to answer REAL Read more


Local events and equal rights legislation

(Mar 01, 2019)

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Weekly Updates from Rep. Hanbidge-Feb. 22

(Feb 28, 2019)

Dear Friends: A child's transition from adolescence to adulthood is one of the most important and challenging things families face. Transition planning for those with disabilities can be an even greater challenge for families in navigating those next steps. We want to empower local families with knowledge about their children’s rights, and available resources and support systems. My office is partnering with the Public Interest Law Center, Self Advocates United as 1, and the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services for a panel discussion on the resources and networks available for teens and young adults with disabilities, helping them and their families understand the opportunities available to them during school and offering expert advice about ways to ease the transition from high school into higher education and/or the workforce. The forum will be from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at the North Wales Borough Hall, 300 School St., North Wales. The event venue is wheelchair accessible, and residents who need specific accommodations should contact our district office at 610-277-3230 for assistance and more information by Monday, Feb. 25 District-wide survey Over the last few weeks, I’ve been collecting feedback from you on your legislative priorities. I’ve learned about a wide array of different issues that are on your mind, and, using your feedback, we created a visual representation of the issues that matter most to Read more


Hanbidge to host ‘Life After School’ resource forum for young adults with disabilities and their families

(Feb 21, 2019)

BLUE BELL, Feb. 21 – State Rep. Liz Hanbidge, D-Montgomery, is hosting a forum to help teens and young adults with disabilities, along with their families, understand their rights and the resources available to help them transition from school to adulthood. The forum will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at the North Wales Borough Hall located at 300 School St., North Wales. Hanbidge said representatives from Self Advocates United as 1, the Public Interest Law Center and the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services will be at the forum to help students and their parents/guardians understand their rights throughout their school experience and offer expert advice on ways to ease the transition from high school to college and/or the workforce. "A child's transition from adolescence to adulthood is one of the most important and challenging things families face," Hanbidge said. "Transition planning for those with disabilities can be an even greater challenge for families in navigating those next steps. We want to empower local families with knowledge about their children’s rights, and available resources and support systems. “There is a network of support in Montgomery County readily available to provide expertise and assistance to teens and young adults with disabilities, and their families. This forum will allow families to discover and access this network and will function as the beginning of a Read more


Mobile Office Hours

(Feb 15, 2019)

Mobile Office Hours: The Office of Rep. Liz Hanbidge In addition to the full-time office hours at our district office in Blue Bell, monthly Mobile Office Hours will be provided at several locations across the 61 st District. Mobile Office Hours provide constituents with a variety of state government services conveniently at the location of their choice. Services include, but are not limited to: SEPTA Senior Citizen Card Applications Birth and Death Certificate Applications Handicapped Plate and Placard Applications Driver’s License and Non-Driver Identification Applications Property Tax/Rent Rebate Applications PACE/PACENET Application Vehicle Registrations Pennsylvania tax forms Concerns about state road conditions SCHEDULE Dock Woods Second Tuesday, 9:30 – 11 AM Normandy Farms Estates Second Wednesday, 11:30 – 1 PM Fourth Thursday, 11:30 – 1 PM Foulkeways First Thursday, 11:30 – 1 PM Third Thursday, 11:30 – 1 PM Brittany Pointe Estates Second Thursday, 11 - 12:30 PM Fourth Wednesday, 11 – 12:30 PM North Wales Area Library Third Thursday, 1:30 – 3PM Towamencin Township Building Second Tuesday, 11:30 – 1PM Walnut Meadows (Club House) Fourth Wednesday, 1:30 – 3PM Every other month (January, March, May, July, September, November) Read more


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