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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

 

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

 

Rent a pet? Two Pa. lawmakers hope to ban it before it comes back to bite owners

(Aug 31, 2018)

Believe it or not, renting a pet is an option these days - and two Democratic lawmakers want to stop it before it becomes a widespread option for Pennsylvanians in the market for a pet. 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

 

Rep. Madden brings home close to $70,000 to protect schoolchildren, staff and teachers
Oct 04, 2018

Madden pushes union bill
Oct 01, 2018

Madden, Mehaffie hold news conference to advance workers' rights bill
Sep 25, 2018

Madden, Mehaffie to discuss bill to advance workers' rights
Sep 24, 2018

Rep. Madden to hold 2nd Celebrate Recovery Saturday
Sep 20, 2018

Rep. Madden brings home nearly $1 million in state grants for water/sewer plans
Sep 18, 2018

Lease a pet? Local reps produce legislation to end practice
Sep 17, 2018

Reps. Madden, McNeill propose animal rights legislation
Sep 13, 2018

BAD PAYMENT PLAN: Legislators Looking To Ban Predatory Lease-To-Own Pet Agreements
Sep 13, 2018

Legislation Against 'Pet Leasing' Proposed for Pennsylvania
Sep 13, 2018

State representatives trying to ban pet leasing in Pennsylvania
Sep 13, 2018

State representatives introduce legislation that makes 'pet leasing' illegal
Sep 13, 2018

Banning Pet Leasing
Sep 12, 2018

Reps. Madden, McNeill propose animal rights legislation
Sep 12, 2018

Madden, McNeill to hold news conference on pet leasing bill Sept. 12 in Stroudsburg
Sep 07, 2018

Rent a pet? Two Pa. lawmakers hope to ban it before it comes back to bite owners
Aug 31, 2018

Discussing property taxes and shale taxes with Frank Andrews on WILK News Radio on Aug. 28
Aug 28, 2018

Madden: Telephone Town Hall poll shows support for natural gas tax
Aug 28, 2018

Miss my telephone town hall on Aug. 23? Check it out here.
Aug 24, 2018

8/21/18 – School Safety – Stroudsburg
Aug 23, 2018