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2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Nov 29, 2018)

Please download and enjoy this free 2019 calendar featuring seasonal photos of our beautiful state Capitol. Read more

 

Fighting hunger this holiday season

(Nov 20, 2018)

As we approach the holiday season, I wanted to take a moment and highlight resources across Pennsylvania that can assist those who may be experiencing food insecurity. Read more

 

House-adopts Madden resolution recognizing November as National Diabetes Month in Pennsylvania

(Nov 14, 2018)

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE State Rep. Maureen Madden D-Monroe www.pahouse.com/Madden HARRISBURG, Nov. 13 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D- Monroe, said she is pleased to announce that the state House of Representatives unanimously adopted her resolution as “National Diabetes Month” in Pennsylvania. Madden’s resolution, H.R. 1170 , calls attention to diabetes, which is a group of diseases characterized by high blood sugar that results from an insufficient production of insulin in the body. Madden said in Monroe County, the Juvenile Diabetes ‘One Walk,’ brings out many participants. “The diabetes organization in Monroe County has been doing the walk since 2012 in Stroudsburg to raise tens of thousands of dollars each year to fight this deadly disease and to help local folks with programs who’ve been diagnosed with diabetes,” Madden said. But further research and greater awareness continues to be needed, she said. “I am sure we all know someone who suffers from the disease, whether it’s a family member, friend or co-worker, and that is one of the reasons my resolution calls for a heightened understanding of diabetes which can lead to serious health complications, including heart disease, limb amputation and even death,” Madden said. According to the American Diabetes Association of Eastern Pennsylvania, Read more

 

More than words; how Pennsylvania supports veterans

(Nov 08, 2018)

As Veterans Day nears, I wanted to share information on programs that benefit veterans and their families. To those from Monroe County who have bravely served our country, thank you and Happy Veterans Day. Read more

 

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Nov 01, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us . Read more

 

Senior prescription program expanded to help more people

(Oct 23, 2018)

I voted for legislation that would allow more senior citizens in Monroe County and across the state pay for their prescription medication. Putting people first and focusing on health care is part of the House Democrats' Plan for Pennsylvania Read more

 

Madden resolution honors East Stroudsburg University for its 125th anniversary

(Oct 17, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 17 – The House of Representatives this week unanimously adopted a resolution introduced by state Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, honoring East Stroudsburg University’s 125 th anniversary of its founding. “For more than a century, East Stroudsburg University has played a monumental role in the educational, economic and cultural landscape of Monroe County and beyond. Its persistence to offer quality and affordable education to students from all backgrounds is truly remarkable. I applaud the Warriors for their continued excellence, and I look forward to seeing the prosperity of the university for years to come.” Madden noted she is a member of the East Stroudsburg Community, and served as a professor before being elected to represent the 115 th Legislative District. The institution of higher education was founded on Sept. 4, 1893 and welcomed 320 students to its two-year programs in elementary and science education. The school was named East Stroudsburg State College in 1960 before officially becoming East Stroudsburg University in 1983. Today, East Stroudsburg University is home to more than 6,000 students and offers 57 undergraduate programs, 21 master’s degree programs and one doctoral program. It is one of the 14 institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, and strives to create an environment where each and every student can learn, grow and achieve. Read more

 

Madden votes to expand prescription assistance for seniors

(Oct 17, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 17 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, recently voted to expand the state’s prescription-drug assistance program to more senior citizens in Monroe County and across Pennsylvania. “It’s unconscionable to think that some senior citizens are forced to choose whether to pay their rent and utilities or buy their needed prescription medications. Fortunately, Pennsylvania has been a leader in its PACE and PACENET programs in helping low-to-moderate income seniors to pay for their medicines. But we haven’t increased the income limits for many years and this week’s vote was a long time coming,” said Madden, a co-sponsor of H.B. 270. The legislation would increase the income limit for PACENET prescription-drug coverage for people 65 or older from $23,500 to $27,500 for single people and from $31,500 to $35,500 for married couples. The Pennsylvania Department of Aging estimates that more than 14,000 seniors would become eligible under the expanded income limits. “Additionally, some current enrollees in the program have seen their income rise above the limits, so this bill would allow them to continue receiving benefits,” Madden said. Madden said her office staff in Stroudsburg and Tobyhanna can help people apply for the program and other state-related services. PACE and PACENET are funded by proceeds from the Pennsylvania Lottery. The bill awaits consideration by the state Senate, which may take Read more

 

Madden defends animal rights legislation at news conference

(Oct 15, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 15 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, joined animal advocates, representatives from shelters/rescues and other animal-related groups from Pennsylvania to show support for animal protection bills. The Justice for Libre animal advocacy action group, Finding Shelter Animal Rescue and the Humane Society of the United States-PA are supporting two animal welfare bills ( H.B. 1216 ) -- the animal in distress or “the hot car bill” -- and ( S.B. 1154 ) -- a retail sales bill that would require pet stores to source animals from shelters and rescues rather than from puppy mill operations and require license numbers to be posted with all puppies for sale to allow transparency for consumers. “Every year, many pets die from heat exhaustion because they are left in parked vehicles,” Madden said. ”We have got to stop the excuses, such as 'I only ran in the store for a minute' and start holding pet owners accountable for their actions.” According to the American Veterinarian Medical Association, the interior temperature of vehicles parked in outside temperatures ranging from 72 to 96 degrees F rose steadily as time increased. A vehicle can quickly reach a temperature that puts pets at risk of serious illness and even death. And cracking the window makes no difference In addition, Madden and state Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Northampton, are promoting legislation to ban the practice of pet leasing at pet stores. Read more

 

Madden Welcomes Kinship Navigator Grant

(Oct 11, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden says a federal grant announced today for kinship navigator programs in Pennsylvania will be extremely important in helping grandparents raising their grandchildren navigate the system for available resources. Read more

 

Pennsylvania receives extension for REAL ID

(Oct 11, 2018)

Pennsylvania has been granted a REAL ID enforcement extension by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through August 1, 2019. This extension means that Pennsylvania residents will not face access issues when entering federal facilities or boarding domestic commercial aircraft through at least that date. REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and photo ID cards will be available from PennDOT at the customer’s option beginning March 2019. PennDOT is encouraging customers to pre-verify for REAL ID the required documentation as soon as possible, giving them ample time to prepare. More information about what documents will be required is available on PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website . More information about REAL ID, including frequently asked questions , can be found at www.dmv.pa.gov . Read more

 

Rep. Madden brings home close to $70,000 to protect schoolchildren, staff and teachers

(Oct 04, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 4 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, is pleased to announce a total of $69,256 in Safe Schools Targeted Grants has been awarded to two Monroe County school districts. Madden announced the following: $39,256 to East Stroudsburg School District $30,000 to Pocono Mountain School District In September, Madden co-chaired a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing in Stroudsburg about school safety with her colleagues from across the state. “We heard testimony from experts in security, teachers, students and psychologists who expressed the same sentiment. There is no one-size-fits-all security measure to keep students, teachers and staff safe,” Madden said. The Safe Schools Targeted Grants are awarded to school districts to prevent and reduce violent incidents in schools, to purchase safety and security-related equipment, and to provide for training and compensation of school resource and police officers. Madden said every district should have the freedom to implement the security measures that adhere to their specific security needs. “Another important measure discussed at the policy hearing is increasing the number of school psychologists and other professionals to counsel students who are depressed or having difficulty coping before they turn to violence,” Madden said. The Safe Schools Targeted Grant program assists schools in: Reducing necessary student disciplinary actions and Read more

 

Madden pushes union bill

(Oct 01, 2018)

A Monroe County lawmaker has proposed a new law that would make it easier for state employees to unionize. Read more

 

Madden, Mehaffie hold news conference to advance workers' rights bill

(Sep 25, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 25 -- State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, was joined by House and Senate colleagues and union officials at a Capitol news conference to promote her legislation ( H.B. 2606 ) that would allow public sector workers in Pennsylvania to form a union more easily. Madden’s bill would allow public sector workers to form a union with a simple majority card check vote, rather than the lengthy, bureaucratic process that workers currently have to go through. “By making it easier for workers to join a union, we will increase their bargaining power, increase wages, strengthen benefits, and level the playing field between every day Pennsylvanians and wealthy special interests,” Madden said. Rep. Thomas Mehaffie, R-Dauphin, the bill’s prime co-sponsor said: “Pennsylvania has a rich history of labor unions, which have served to protect our workers and strengthen our economy. This legislation will help ensure those who seek to benefit from union advocacy have greater protections and the ability to fairly negotiate with management, continuing in that long tradition.” Madden said the introduction of the Workplace Freedom legislation followed a Monday meeting of the House Labor and Industry Committee which took action on five bills that are designed to further curb workers’ rights. “In state after state, anti-union legislatures have eroded collective bargaining rights, while at the federal level the Janus vs. AFSCME Read more

 

Madden, Mehaffie to discuss bill to advance workers' rights

(Sep 24, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 24 – State Reps. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, and Tom Mehaffie, R-Dauphin, will hold a news conference to introduce legislation advancing workers’ rights ( H.B. 2606 ) at noon Tuesday, Sept. 25 in the Commonwealth Media Center at the Capitol. Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to weaken public sector worker rights in the Janus v. AFSCME case, Madden began working with Mehaffie in a bipartisan effort to introduce the Workplace Freedom Act. The bill would strengthen labor rights in Pennsylvania, helping more public servants to form a union or join one by streamlining the election process. Groups of workers could vote to join a union with a simple majority vote. The news conference comes one day after the House Labor and Industry Committee advanced five bills attacking worker protections following the Janus decision. A companion measure to Madden’s bill will be introduced in the Senate with unanimous support of the Senate Democratic Caucus. Joining Madden and Mehaffie at Tuesday’s event will be members of the Senate, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and other labor organizations. The media is invited to attend. Read more

 

Rep. Madden to hold 2nd Celebrate Recovery Saturday

(Sep 20, 2018)

State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, will hold her Celebrate Recovery event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Mountain Center, 354 Memorial Blvd. Madden said recovery from addiction is a complex issue. “The road to recovery can be bumpy at times and victims may encounter obstacles, but it’s the only way people can move ahead in life and overcome destruction in their lives,” Madden said. Keynote speaker will be Jason Snyder, regional director of operations for Pinnacle Health and former special assistant to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services for Gov. Tom Wolf. There will be guest speakers, food, games, providers, resources, raffles and many more activities. “I want to celebrate with people who have recovered and positively turned their lives around,” Madden said. For more information call Madden’s office at (570) 420-2850 . Read more

 

Rep. Madden brings home nearly $1 million in state grants for water/sewer plans

(Sep 18, 2018)

EAST STROUDSBURG, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, announced three state grants totaling $989,625 for her district – two that will help to upgrade water and sewer systems in East Stroudsburg and a third for flood repairs in Paradise Township. “I am pleased that the state is providing support for all three of the programs because they are worthwhile projects for my constituents,” Madden said. “I commend local and county officials for their input and work on these water-related projects.” Madden outlined the projects planned: $400,800 grant will be used to replace a water line located in East Stroudsburg. The replacement of this water line will ensure the continued delivery of safe drinking water in the borough. Total project cost is $474,800. A $198,375 grant will help to purchase and install an emergency generator for Well #3 in East Stroudsburg. The project is expected to improve operation reliability of the borough’s water supply and ensure continued delivery of safe drinking water. Total project cost is $233,383. A $390,450 grant will be used for flood mitigation repairs to the Lake Swiftwater Dam located in Paradise Township. The project will consist of repairing the spillway, upgrading the earthen dam to ensure downstream safety by lowering the top of the dam, filling in part of the dam with a berm, and armoring the crest and downstream face of the dam with concrete. Total project cost Read more

 

Lease a pet? Local reps produce legislation to end practice

(Sep 17, 2018)

Allies of furry friends came together to shed some light on a predatory practice known as pet leasing at the Animal Welfare Society of Monroe on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 . Read more

 

Reps. Madden, McNeill propose animal rights legislation

(Sep 13, 2018)

State Reps. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, and Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, held a news conference today to promote their pet safety legislation to stop pet stores from luring customers into leasing pets for an exorbitant amount of money. Read more

 

BAD PAYMENT PLAN: Legislators Looking To Ban Predatory Lease-To-Own Pet Agreements

(Sep 13, 2018)

Sometimes you can't afford the dog you want to get. But some puppy mills and kennels will offer a lease-to-own payment plan so you can take the furry friend home for a monthly payment. Read more