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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

 

Legislation Against 'Pet Leasing' Proposed for Pennsylvania

(Sep 13, 2018)

You can lease cars, furniture, apartments, even pets. Local lawmakers want to ban a practice known as 'pet leasing', which they call dirty and deceptive. Read more

 

State representatives trying to ban pet leasing in Pennsylvania

(Sep 13, 2018)

Maureen Madden and Jeanne McNeill are both passionate about animals and say pet leasing isn't just bad for animals, but also the families who are tricked into thinking they own a new pet. Read more

 

State representatives introduce legislation that makes 'pet leasing' illegal

(Sep 13, 2018)

State representatives introduce legislation that makes 'pet leasing' illegal Read more

 

Banning Pet Leasing

(Sep 12, 2018)

A legislative proposal would ban the practice of pet leasing in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Reps. Madden, McNeill propose animal rights legislation

(Sep 12, 2018)

STROUDSBURG, Sept. 12 – 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. Madden said the proposed bill would protect both Pennsylvania consumers and animals. “Our bill seeks to end deceptive practices and cruelty to pets in Pennsylvania,” Madden said. "We are working with various animal rights advocates from across the state to move this legislation forward.” Madden said pet leasing is a relatively new practice in which pet stores and breeders offer a low-cost way to own a pet. The customer signs some forms, but the terms of the agreement are not often made clear, so while the customer thinks they took out a loan to get their pet, in reality they have entered into a lease agreement, requiring them to pay -- unfairly -- far beyond the pet's retail price. “As an avid dog lover I find it disturbing that people face losing their beloved pets due to complicated lease agreements, which also may end up costing them thousands of dollars more than it should,” McNeill said McNeill said there are better options for obtaining a pet, such as shelters where you pay a one-time adoption fee. "Pet leasing has already been banned in California and Nevada and legislation is currently awaiting consideration in New York, and I think those states lead by Read more

 

Madden, McNeill to hold news conference on pet leasing bill Sept. 12 in Stroudsburg

(Sep 07, 2018)

STROUDSBURG, Sept. 7 – State Reps. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe and Jeanne McNeill D- Lehigh, are holding a news conference on their pet safety legislation 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the Animal Welfare Society of Monroe County (AWSOM), 3129 Godfrey Ridge Drive, Stroudsburg. Special guest speaker will be Kristen Tullo, Humane Society of the United States state director. Sandy Fellin, president of AWSOM, will also attend. The representatives want to stop pet stores from luring customers to buy a cute but expensive pet. They say customers sign what they believe is a loan that will allow them to make monthly payments, only to discover it’s not really a loan, but a lease. Other states such as California and Nevada have enacted legislation to ban the practice and similar legislation is currently awaiting consideration in the New York legislature. For more information contact Madden’s office at (570) 420-2850 . The media is invited to attend. Read more

 

Discussing property taxes and shale taxes with Frank Andrews on WILK News Radio on Aug. 28

(Aug 28, 2018)

It was my pleasure to talk to Frank Andrews about what the people of Monroe County had to say about taxes Read more

 

Madden: Telephone Town Hall poll shows support for natural gas tax

(Aug 28, 2018)

STROUDSBURG, Aug. 28 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, today said a poll during her Thursday Telephone Town Hall shows respondents favor placing taxes on natural gas drilling, while a majority believes the funding generated should be used to reduce property taxes for Pennsylvania residents. “Participants reinforced what I have said for a long time – natural gas drillers should be required to pay the same taxes in Pennsylvania that they pay in other states,” Madden said. “Corporations continue to rake in profits from their work in natural gas drilling while Pennsylvania residents are forced to foot the bill. By taxing these drillers, Pennsylvania would be able to reduce property tax burdens on hardworking families.” When asked about solutions to school violence and ways to ensure children are safe at school, 41 percent believe in expanding access to mental health resources and counseling for at-risk youth, while 28 percent reported investing in resource officers. “Conversations on school safety and understanding how we can protect our children are tough, but extremely necessary,” Madden said. “Providing students with mental health and counseling services while also placing resource officers in schools are the first steps to taking on this epidemic. There is still a great deal to do, and I will continue to advocate for stronger universal background checks and bans on bump stocks.” When asked about best Read more

 

Miss my telephone town hall on Aug. 23? Check it out here.

(Aug 24, 2018)

Listen to what your friends and neighbors had to say about the issues that mattered. Read more

 

8/21/18 – School Safety – Stroudsburg

(Aug 23, 2018)

Materials from House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Maureen Madden. Read more

 

Madden hosts school violence panel

(Aug 23, 2018)

STROUDSBURG — Securing schools from violence was the focus of a Tuesday panel discussion hosted by state Rep. Maureen Madden at Hughes Public Library. Read more

 

Madden, Policy Committee discuss school safety

(Aug 22, 2018)

STROUDSBURG, Aug. 21 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing at Hughes Library to discuss school safety and the new initiatives that are being funded in the 2018-19 state budget. Read more

 

Rep Madden to hold roundtable discussion on job creation and better wages Friday

(Aug 22, 2018)

TANNERSVILLE, Aug. 22 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, is holding a Roundtable Discussion: PA Needs Union Jobs at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 at the Northampton Community College Monroe Campus, Room 108 Pocono Hall, Tannersville. Madden said she wants to hear from local working people, and community leaders about how Pennsylvania can work together to unrig the economy and turn law-wage jobs into union jobs for families who need them. The media is invited to attend. For more information, contact Madden’s district office at 570-420-2850 . Read more

 

At Risk: Small Mobile Home Parks

(Aug 21, 2018)

COOLBAUGH TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- People living in smaller mobile home parks in Pennsylvania may be at risk when they drink or bathe in water from nearby wells. That's because some of the rules that protect people in larger development parks do not apply to the smaller ones. Read more

 

Madden to host Tele-Town Hall Aug. 23

(Aug 17, 2018)

STROUDSBURG, Aug. 17 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, invites residents of the 115th District to participate in a Tele-Town Hall at 7 p.m. Aug. 23. Read more

 

Make sure YOU get the call for my Telephone Town Hall

(Aug 17, 2018)

Want to take part? Please click the link and give us permission to call your cell phone today. Read more

 

Madden to hold Policy Committee hearing on school safety Tuesday in Stroudsburg

(Aug 16, 2018)

STROUDSBURG, Aug. 16 – In alignment with the House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA, state Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, announced she will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing to discuss school safety. The hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 at Hughes Library, 1002 N. Ninth St., Stroudsburg. Madden, who serves on the House Education Committee, said she requested the hearing because ensuring that Pennsylvania schoolchildren can learn and teachers can teach in a safe and secure environment are vital to the learning process. Madden will be joined by a number of state representatives from across the commonwealth, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 5:30 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 5:40 p.m. Panel One: Marcus Brown Deputy chief of staff, office of Gov. Tom Wolf Derin Myers Acting executive director, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency Lt. Joseph Sparich Troop N Stroudsburg station commander, Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Kevin Jancewicz Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Risk & Vulnerability Assessment Team member, Pennsylvania State Police 6:20 p.m. Panel Two: Jill Shoesmith Educational director, Evergreen Community School Sarah Henry Student, Evergreen Community School Olivia DeRosa Member, The Acceptance Project Taha Vahanvaty Read more

 

Madden Fights for Affordable, Accessible Health Care

(Jul 25, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden participated in a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing in Allentown to discuss a bill that would provide protections for Pennsylvanians who need health care but have a pre-existing condition. Read more

 

Madden: Reduce the Wait for Services for the Disabled

(Jul 24, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden participated in a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing to discuss the importance of state and local services in helping people with physical and intellectual disabilities. With large numbers of eligible people stuck on waiting lists, Madden hopes to find ways to increase funding and availability for those needing these vital programs. Read more