June 29 update: Local July 4th Events & Budget Updates from Harrisburg

(Jun 29, 2022)

Patriotic celebrations will be underway this weekend! The Glenside Parade, one of my personal favorites from growing up, will step off at 4 p.m. on July 4 from North Penn VFW Post 676 and end at Harry Renninger Park on South Keswick Ave. Read more

 

June 16 update: Around the District, PFAS Update & More

(Jun 16, 2022)

It was a beautiful night in Abington Township for a pride flag raising on June 3. Read more

 

June 3 update: Enough of Saying "Enough is Enough"

(Jun 03, 2022)

I’m grateful to my colleagues who joined me in signing a discharge resolution urging the majority to bring House Bill 770 to a full vote last week. Read more

 

May 20 update: Free shred event tomorrow

(May 20, 2022)

I hope to see you this Saturday at my free shred event! Bring papers cluttering up your home that contain sensitive personal information and we’ll securely shred them on-site at the parking lot on the corner of Old York Road and Brentwood Ave. Read more

 

May 5 update: Enough is Enough

(May 05, 2022)

Gun violence touches everyone's lives, it’s a nationwide public health crisis. Read more

 

Celebrate sport, embrace competition, practice empathy and stop attacking transgender athletes

(Apr 29, 2022)

If a kid wants to compete, let them. If that kid happens to be an excellent athlete and outstanding person, celebrate them. That’s it. Please stop these unnecessary and hateful attempts to target certain populations just because you’ve been led to believe some lie about fairness. Read more

 

April 21 update: Around the district and news from Harrisburg

(Apr 21, 2022)

I was extremely proud to take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony of the brand-new facility for Family Promise Food Pantry at Salem Baptist Church of Abington. Read more

 

State lawmakers announce $230K investment for middle school educational program

(Apr 20, 2022)

“Unfortunately, not everyone grows up in a home with an adult who knows or is willing and able to teach bike safety and best practices,” Sanchez said. “This program takes the needed step of helping all the children in our community take a necessary step toward becoming responsible adults, and it reinforces safe behavior that could one day save a life.” Read more

 

Guenst, Sanchez to host senior fair

(Apr 20, 2022)

Older adults, their family members and caregivers are invited to attend. Read more

 

Sanchez applauds $74K in safety and security grants

(Apr 14, 2022)

ABINGTON, April 14 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez, D-Montgomery, today announced that three places of worship within his legislative district received grants to strengthen their safety and security measures. Funding, which comes from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, has been distributed as follows: Temple Sinai: $25,000. Abington Monthly Meeting Inc.: $24,200. Lubavitch of Abington Inc.: $25,000. “Everyone has the right to freely and openly practice their religion. It is disheartening that such security measures are needed at places of worship, but funding like this helps preserve this constitutional right and ensure everyone’s safety,” Sanchez said. Grants may be used for initiatives including, but not limited to: safety and security planning, purchase of safety and security equipment, safety and security training, vulnerability and threat assessments, and purchase of security-related technology such as metal detectors and surveillance equipment. Information about the PCCD is available here . For more information, contact Sanchez’s office at 215-517-6800. Read more

 

PA legislators highlight name change legislative package intended to ease name change process for transgender Pennsylvanians

(Apr 11, 2022)

HARRISBURG, April 11 – Members of the Pennsylvania House and Senate joined advocates for the LGBTQ+ and Transgender Community Monday, April 11, 2022, for a press conference to discuss their package of bills to update Pennsylvania’s antiquated name change laws that will ease the burden for transgender Pennsylvanians who wish to change their given name to their chosen name. The need for this legislative package became clear when Sen. Katie Muth (D-Berks/Chester/Montgomery) co-hosted a Senate Democratic Policy Committee with Senators Amanda Cappelletti (D-Delaware/Montgomery), Tim Kearney (D-Chester/Delaware) and Lindsey Williams (D-Allegheny). Testimony at the hearing from those who have struggled through this process made it clear that swift legislative reform the name change process and remove some of the legal barriers the LGBTQ+ community faces when living as their authentic selves. "There are far too many barriers for the transgender community in Pennsylvania across the board – legally, socially and economically. As lawmakers, we can and must take bold steps to make life more equitable and inclusive in the Commonwealth. Now is the time to stand with and in support of transgender Pennsylvanians, which this legislative package will accomplish. In addition, changing our outdated and lengthy name change process will make Pennsylvania more efficient as a state,” said Senator Amanda Cappelletti (D-17). “Taking this step just makes Read more

 

April 8 update: #LetThemPlay

(Apr 08, 2022)

My district office will be closed on Monday, April 11, for an off-site event and again Friday, April 15, in recognition of Good Friday and Passover. Read more

 

March 25 update: Around the Community & Upcoming Events

(Mar 25, 2022)

On Sunday, March 13, I had the pleasure of attending events at not one, but two VFWs in our area. Read more

 

March 9 update: Pennsylvania needs to divest from Russia

(Mar 09, 2022)

Pennsylvania stands with Ukraine. We support those overseas demonstrating immense bravery as their lives have been upended and our neighbors with Ukrainian roots. Read more

 

Rep. Sanchez's winter 2022 print newsletter

(Mar 07, 2022)

Rep. Ben Sanchez's February 2022 print newsletter containing news from around the district and Harrisburg. Read more

 

Feb. 25 update: #StandWithUkraine

(Feb 25, 2022)

Russia’s monstrous attack on Ukraine is nothing but a despicable land grab, but it is resulting in countless citizens losing their lives and even more forced to flee their homes. Read more

 

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