Malagari: Small victories do not compensate for missed opportunities in this budget

(Jun 28, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 28 – State Rep. Steve Malagari, D-Montgomery, released the following statement regarding the passage of Pennsylvania’s budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1: “This year’s budget had a number of small victories, such as providing funding for emergency rental assistance for Pennsylvanians still struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as fully funding our state police and Department of Environmental Protection. However, where there are just a handful of small victories, there are several missed opportunities. “Pennsylvania recently dropped to 47th in the nation for education funding, and we see stark inequities throughout our public education system. This budget does increase our education funding by $300 million, with $100 million going to our commonwealth’s most underfunded districts, but this is only a 4.8% gain. We can do better to fairly fund education in Pennsylvania and fix the disparities harming students in underfunded schools, but this is a small step in the right direction. “While I believe education funding could have been a higher priority, I am proud to share that I helped bring home $2.45 million for North Penn and Souderton Area school districts. By working together with other Montgomery County legislators, including those across the aisle, we were able to secure this funding to address the needs and concerns that Read more

 

Malagari introduces legislation dedicating local highway to the late Rep. Godshall

(Jun 22, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 22 – State Rep. Steve Malagari, D-Montgomery, introduced H.B. 1639, which would dub a portion of a Montgomery County roadway as the Honorable Robert W. Godshall Memorial Highway. Malagari said that the roadway noted in his legislation is the section of Pennsylvania Route 113 from its intersection with Schoolhouse Road, in Franconia Township, and State Route 4027, also known as County Line Road in Souderton Borough. Godshall served as the elected representative in the PA House for the 53rd Legislative District for 36 years. As a legislator, Malagari said that Godshall was an advocate for countless issues, including health care and tourism. Godshall died from cancer in 2019. “Representative Godshall was remarkably committed to being an accessible state representative and used his position to better the lives of Pennsylvanians with terminal illnesses,” Malagari said. “His legislation that allowed patients living with terminal illnesses to try treatments not yet approved by the FDA eventually expanded into national law.” Malagari’s legislation cleared the House Transportation Committee today. Next, it will be sent to the full House for a vote. “Representative Godshall was devoted to our community as he served 18 consecutive terms in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives plus an additional 20 years in other local offices. I’m happy to memorialize his Read more

 

E-BLAST (June 16): Harrisburg Happenings: Preparing for Budget Debates

(Jun 16, 2021)

As budget talks continue in Harrisburg, I’m hopeful that we will be able to pass a spending plan before the end of the month. Read more

 

Malagari applauds $14,000 grant to bolster tourism in Lansdale

(Jun 04, 2021)

LANSDALE, June 4 – State Rep. Steve Malagari announced that Discover Lansdale received a $14,310 grant to go toward the development of the town’s welcome center. The 1902 Reading Freight House, a striking stone structure, will undergo renovations to serve as Lansdale’s welcome center. The freight area will be repurposed as a public/private venue to support operations. “The Reading Freight House is among the most iconic and visible structures in our community, so it’s the perfect place to welcome travelers or anyone just passing through our area,” Malagari said. “Lansdale has a rich history and its own unique personality, so I am hopeful that a welcome center will attract others to the area who will see that.” This grant comes from the Keystone Historic Preservation grant program. The program is used to fund preservation, rehabilitation and restoration activities of historic sites that are eligible for or listed in the National Register of Historic Places. A complete list of awardees is available online. Read more

 

Malagari: Support Pennsylvania crematoriums by cooling the °Fs down

(May 24, 2021)

HARRISBURG, May 24 – State Rep. Steve Malagari, D- Montgomery, is introducing legislation that would help Pennsylvania’s 200 crematoriums operate more efficiently. It’s recommended that crematoriums operate between 1400º F and 1800º F. Current regulations state any crematorium put into operation past April 1989 is required to operate with a temperature of 1800º F. But Malagari said that’s too high, and the temperatures need to be turned down. “Operating at the highest temperature causes unnecessary burden on equipment, leads to higher fuel consumption, and increases environmental gas emissions,” said Malagari. “By dialing down the temperature a few hundred degrees, we would help mitigate the high costs for the state’s crematoriums.” Malagari’s proposal would set the minimum operating temperature of a crematorium at 1400º F. All other regulations pertaining to the operation of animal and human crematory incinerators would be carried over into this statute. “Most of the state’s crematoriums are family owned,” said Malagari. “With the recent and continued rise in demand for cremation services, this legislation would allow these businesses to operate in a more efficient and cost-effective manner, providing much-needed support for this industry.” This legislation would be known as the Crematory Regulation Act. It’s expected to be introduced soon. Read more

 

Malagari announces $13K in agricultural grants

(May 12, 2021)

LANSDALE, May 12 – State Rep. Steve Malagari, D-Montgomery, today announced that a local café/market and Souderton Area School District received a collective total of $13,000 in grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Small Batch Kitchen in Lansdale received a $10,000 grant through the Pennsylvania Farm Bill's Urban Agriculture Grant Program. Funds will be used toward costs related to preservation equipment for urban farm products. “Access to locally grown, nutritious and sustainable food is a critical part of building a healthy community and ensuring that no Pennsylvanian goes hungry,” Malagari said. More information about the urban agriculture grant program and awardees can be accessed online at: https://www.media.pa.gov/pages/agriculture_details.aspx?newsid=1085 . Additionally, Souderton Area School District received a $3,000 Ag and Youth grant . Funding will go toward an aeroponic growing program in the high school’s greenhouse. “Inspiring students to pursue agriculture is a valuable investment in both food security in Pennsylvania and lucrative career opportunities for our next generation of farmers,” Malagari said. Questions may be directed to Malagari’s office by calling (267) 768-3671. Read more

 

Rep. Malagari's spring 2021 newsletter

(May 10, 2021)

Rep. Malagari's spring newsletter including information on the upcoming primary, a vaccine update, grants awarded to the community and more. Read more

 

Starting a family is a human right. So why is it treated like a privilege?

(Apr 23, 2021)

Everyone deserves the opportunity to start a family, regardless of their circumstance. It’s a right, and it’s time we start treating it that way. Read more

 

E-BLAST (April 23): Vaccine info, Earth Day activities and more

(Apr 23, 2021)

Vaccine eligibility has opened up to any Pennsylvanian 16 and older who wants their shot. Not sure how to get it? Here are a couple easy options... Read more

 

The PA Rescue Plan invests in technology and a healthier future

(Apr 21, 2021)

Our Pennsylvania Rescue Plan invests in technology, including making sure the commonwealth grows our already robust biotechnology research industry into a global leader. Read more

 

Paying For College: A PHEAA Virtual Town Hall materials

(Apr 16, 2021)

Video recording and powerpoint presentation from my virtual town hall with PHEAA on paying for college. Read more

 

E-BLAST (April 9): All the updates from Harrisburg to MontCo

(Apr 09, 2021)

This week, my colleagues and I continued our fight to deliver justice for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Read more

 

Join online 7 p.m. April 15: Paying for College: A PHEAA Virtual Town hosted by Rep. Steve Malagari

(Apr 01, 2021)

National Admissions Day on May 1 is right around the corner, and affording college is on everyone’s mind. Join me online learning about the types of student aid available, how to check for eligibility, and for tips to make affordable decisions about your next steps toward college! Read more

 

Malagari announces $13 million awarded to North Penn, Souderton School Districts

(Apr 01, 2021)

LANSDALE, April 1 – State Rep. Steve Malagari, D-Montgomery, today announced that North Penn and Souderton school districts received a collective total of $13.1 million from Pennsylvania’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund. North Penn received $9.3 million and Souderton received $3.8 million. “I’ve heard from countless families throughout my district that they want their children back in the classroom five days a week for in-person learning,” Malagari said. “This funding will help North Penn and Souderton school districts achieve this goal while ensuring students are on track academically.” Schools must use at least 20% of this money to address learning loss and the social, emotional and academic needs of underrepresented students, including students from low-income families, students with disabilities, English learners, migrant students, students experiencing houselessness and children in foster care. Schools may use the rest of the funding for a wide range of activities, including food service, professional training, technology purchases, sanitization and cleaning supplies, summer and after-school programs, and mental health supports. “Students, teachers and faculty alike will face unique challenges as they pull away from virtual learning. This funding will ensure the transition goes as smoothly and seamlessly as possible,” Read more

 

E-BLAST (March 22): Rent and Utility Assistance, Tax Filing Extension, and more

(Mar 22, 2021)

Last week in Harrisburg, we were able to move some important legislation that would protect vulnerable populations such as children and Pennsylvanians living with a disability. Other legislation passed the House that would extend legal protections to Pennsylvania’s military personnel and police officers. Read more

 

E-BLAST (March 8): Vaccine, small business relief updates

(Mar 08, 2021)

On Sunday night, I spoke with Department of Health about the accusation regarding unfair distribution of the vaccine as reported in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Many people have asked me what is happening and find the lack of transparency frustrating, and I agree with you. Read more

 

E-BLAST (Feb. 22): Working for you from Harrisburg to home

(Feb 22, 2021)

This month, I met with local municipalities, school districts and police departments to talk about the work we achieved last year, upcoming grant opportunities, vaccine rollout and how we can continue making progress after closing out an extremely difficult year. Read more

 

Brown, Malagari continue to advocate for hands-free driving law

(Feb 18, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 17 – Reps. Rosemary Brown, R-Monroe/Pike, and Steve Malagari, D-Montgomery, continue to advocate and work for needed change in Pennsylvania’s driving laws, specifically in regard to cellphone usage while operating a motor vehicle. “Every day, I witness many drivers using their cellphones irresponsibly while driving- willingly putting themselves and those around them in danger on our roadways,” said Brown. “Cellphones are now becoming the largest distraction in the car and too many innocent lives, both in Pennsylvania and nationwide, have been altered or tragically lost due to this distracted driving. I want to thank Rep. Malagari for his bipartisan support of this legislation and working with me to get this legislation to the governor’s desk this session. “ Enhanced driver responsibility legislation has been introduced by Brown and Malagari ( House Bill 37 ) which seeks to require the use of Bluetooth technology or a docking station (hands-free) when using a cellphone while driving. “Almost every one of Pennsylvania’s neighboring states enacted driver responsibility laws to not allow mobile device use while driving. It’s time that Pennsylvania catches up to make our roadways safer,” said Malagari. “Strengthening our penalties on distracted driving is not a partisan issue, and it would show that our Commonwealth will not tolerate such reckless behavior. Our legislation is a Read more

 

Malagari drafts legislation to benefit small business owners

(Jan 26, 2021)

LANSDALE, Jan. 26 – State Rep. Steve Malagari, D-Montgomery, authored legislation to provide additional financial support to small businesses impact by the COVID-19 pandemic. Malagari’s bill would create a grant program designed to help local business owners pay off the interest on a loan that was taken out to save their business last year. Malagari said that his proposed grant program would provide the flexibility and relief that small business owners need to maintain their livelihoods once the disaster emergency declaration ends. “The COVID-19 pandemic had devastating effects on small businesses throughout the commonwealth. While some were able to shift their business models to online formats, others relied on a variety of loans to survive this public health crisis,” Malagari said. “This grant program would provide business owners with the financial support they need to recover from the pandemic by paying off the interest on the loans that they used to get by. As we work on getting on the other side of this pandemic, we must stand by our local businesses and help them get back on their feet while still fueling Pennsylvania’s economy.” Malagari’s legislation is currently circulating and accepting co-sponsors. For more information, call Malagari’s office at (267) 768-3671. Read more

 

Malagari remains on Local Government and Liquor Control committees, receives two additional appointments

(Jan 14, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 14 – State Rep. Steve Malagari, D-Montgomery, today announced he will remain on the House Local Government and Liquor Control committees as well as serve on the Consumer Affairs and Tourism and Recreational Development committees this legislative session. As a new member of the House Consumer Affairs Committee, Malagari said he said he looks forward to working on legislation aimed at protecting consumers’ rights. Also, as a new member of the House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee, Malagari said one of his top priorities is to help rebuild and revitalize Pennsylvania’s small businesses severely impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. “The tourism industry is a major contributor to Pennsylvania’s economy, and these small businesses really suffered last year,” Malagari said. “I just introduced a bill that would help local businesses in the hospitality and entertainment fields by providing them with grants, but I know that isn’t enough. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Tourism and Recreational Development Committee and ensuring that small business owners can thrive in 2021.” Throughout his first term, Malagari used his experiences as a Lansdale Borough Council member and Montgomery County Transportation Authority member to drive his work in the Local Government Committee. Before taking office, Malagari also worked as Read more

 

Malagari: Small victories do not compensate for missed opportunities in this budget
Jun 28, 2021

Malagari introduces legislation dedicating local highway to the late Rep. Godshall
Jun 22, 2021

E-BLAST (June 16): Harrisburg Happenings: Preparing for Budget Debates
Jun 16, 2021

Malagari applauds $14,000 grant to bolster tourism in Lansdale
Jun 04, 2021

Malagari: Support Pennsylvania crematoriums by cooling the °Fs down
May 24, 2021

Malagari announces $13K in agricultural grants
May 12, 2021

Rep. Malagari's spring 2021 newsletter
May 10, 2021

Starting a family is a human right. So why is it treated like a privilege?
Apr 23, 2021

E-BLAST (April 23): Vaccine info, Earth Day activities and more
Apr 23, 2021

The PA Rescue Plan invests in technology and a healthier future
Apr 21, 2021

Paying For College: A PHEAA Virtual Town Hall materials
Apr 16, 2021

E-BLAST (April 9): All the updates from Harrisburg to MontCo
Apr 09, 2021

Join online 7 p.m. April 15: Paying for College: A PHEAA Virtual Town hosted by Rep. Steve Malagari
Apr 01, 2021

Malagari announces $13 million awarded to North Penn, Souderton School Districts
Apr 01, 2021

E-BLAST (March 22): Rent and Utility Assistance, Tax Filing Extension, and more
Mar 22, 2021

E-BLAST (March 8): Vaccine, small business relief updates
Mar 08, 2021

E-BLAST (Feb. 22): Working for you from Harrisburg to home
Feb 22, 2021

Brown, Malagari continue to advocate for hands-free driving law
Feb 18, 2021

Malagari drafts legislation to benefit small business owners
Jan 26, 2021

Malagari remains on Local Government and Liquor Control committees, receives two additional appointments
Jan 14, 2021