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Rep Madden wants to put an end to workplace discrimination/sexual harrassment.

(Apr 05, 2018)

State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, today joined in announcing legislation that would strengthen protections against sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace in Pennsylvania. Madden joined Gov. Tom Wolf and House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody at a news conference in Philadelphia to highlight a new package of anti-discrimination bills. Madden’s bill in the package would ensure all workers are provided workplace protections. Specifically, the bill would expand the types of employers that are covered under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act to include all employers, including those with just one employee. Her bill also would add domestic workers and independent contractors in the definition of “employee.” “All employees have the right to work in an environment free of harassment, regardless of the size of the company or their job description,” Madden said. ‘We need to protect everyone, including full-time nannies, housekeepers and other domestic workers, independent contractors and interns so they don’t became prey to workplace harassment and abuse.” The package of bills also includes updating the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act to expand the statute of limitations for filing a workplace complaint to two years, provide for a right to a jury trial, and to include punitive damages and attorney fees. In addition, the legislation would create a sexual harassment prevention Read more

 

Madden lends an ear

(Mar 19, 2018)

STROUDSBURG — More than three dozen residents filled the room as State Rep. Maureen Madden spoke about issues and fielded a gambit of questions during a town hall event she hosted on Saturday morning. Read more

 

Madden: Our Children Shouldn’t Be Scared To Go To School

(Mar 14, 2018)

Frustrated by the growing deaths at the hands of gun violence, Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden participated in a PA Safe Caucus news conference to demand action on gun to ensure the safety of students and the protection of communities across the commonwealth. Read more

 

Madden Hosts Community Connections Expo

(Mar 10, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden hosted her Community Connections Expo at The Mountain Center in Coolbaugh Township, bringing over 50 vendors under one roof to help connect the community with the many state and local programs and services available to them. Read more

 

Madden hosting town hall on March 17

(Mar 05, 2018)

STROUDSBURG, March 5 – State Rep. Maureen Madden invites residents to join her for a town hall meeting on March 17. Read more

 

Madden sponsoring Community Connections Expo

(Feb 26, 2018)

TOBYHANNA, Feb. 26 – Area residents are invited to join state Rep. Maureen Madden for a Community Connections Expo that will include various government agencies plus local businesses and organizations. Read more

 

Madden: Invest In Education and Infrastructure

(Feb 06, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden reacts to Gov. Wolf's budget address, saying his proposed investments in education, infrastructure, and a natural gas extraction tax will help move the state forward and do good things for all Pennsylvanians. Read more

 

Winter 2018 Newsletter

(Jan 31, 2018)

Stay up to date with what's going on locally and in Harrisburg by reading my latest newsletter. Read more

 

Rep. Madden appointed to House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee

(Jan 29, 2018)

State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, has been appointed to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Tourism and Recreational Development Committee, according to House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. Madden, who is co-chairwoman of the Legislative Ski Caucus, noted how important tourism is to Monroe County and the Commonwealth as a whole. “I am honored to have a seat on the House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee,” Madden said. “This committee has broad oversight over the main economic engines in my home district. This appointment will allow me to pursue one of my main goals as an elected official: expanding the economic opportunities available to business owners, employees and future employees in my district. “Pennsylvania is ranked one of the top 10 tourism states in the nation. Millions of people visit Pennsylvania annually, supporting over 500,000 jobs and accounting for close to $20 billion of the Commonwealth’s Gross Domestic Product.” Madden also noted that 20 operating ski resorts in Pennsylvania generated $700 million in economic activity, directly and indirectly, for the 2014-15 fiscal year. Madden is also a member of the following committees: Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Children and Youth, Education, Game and Fisheries, Human Services and Policy. Read more

 

Madden sets Town Hall on Wednesday in Tobyhanna

(Jan 29, 2018)

TOBYHANNA, Jan. 29 – State Rep. Maureen Madden will hold a Town Hall meeting for residents of the Coolbaugh Township and Tobyhanna areas to discuss community issues and state-related concerns. The discussion will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31 at the Pocono Mountain Library, 5500 Municipal Drive, Tobyhanna, 18466. “Being a voice in Harrisburg for Monroe County residents is a responsibility I take seriously. It is a crucial part of my job to hear their concerns directly and ensure they are represented in the Capitol. I look forward to speaking with my neighbors about the issues in the community and how I can better represent them in Harrisburg,” said Madden, D-Monroe. The first-term lawmaker is planning an additional Town Hall in February for Price Township and Paradise Township residents, as well another in March for Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg and Stroud Township residents. When locations and dates are finalized, Madden said they will be announced via her social media, facebook.com/RepMaureenMadden , on Twitter @RepMadden and her website www.pahouse.com/Madden . People also can sign up to receive email updates from Madden’s office via her website by clicking on the “Stay Connected” banner at the top right side of her page. Read more

 

Rep Madden helps steer $1.86 million to 115th District for projects

(Jan 23, 2018)

S tate Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, today announced the 115 th Legislative District and surrounding area will benefit from $1.86 million in state funding. “Working in concert with my colleagues across the aisle and in the Senate, we have been able to fund a number of extremely important projects in Monroe County,” Madden said. The awards and projects are: < > for building enhancements to the Terrafina LLC project in East Stroudsburg, which is expected to create 120 high-paying jobs within three years of completion. This award resulted from a combined effort between state Sen. Mario Scavello and Madden. < > for rehabilitation of the Lake Swiftwater Dam. This was also a joint effort between Scavello and Madden. < > for improvement of a community athletic complex in Stroud Township. Madden worked with state Rep. Rosemary Brown and Scavello on this project. < > to the Pocono Alliance for the purchase of an office building in Stroudsburg to meet their clients’ needs. The Pocono Alliance serves as an advocate and change agent, operating anti-poverty empowerment programs. Madden and Scavello teamed up to help obtain funding for this project. < > for the Pocono Mountain Regional EMS to purchase new powered lift assist stretchers for its station. State Sen. John Blake secured the funding for this project jointly with Madden. < > to Feeding Families Ministry to purchase vehicles to serve residents from their food Read more

 

State Reps. Talk Property Taxes

(Jan 12, 2018)

State Representative Maureen Madden (D,) of the Monroe County area, holds a forum about property Taxes. Madden currently has a proposal for a raise in personal income tax to give residents some property tax relief. Read more

 

Madden Fights For Homeowners

(Jan 10, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden hosted the House Democratic Policy Committee in Stroudsburg to discuss property taxes with local officials and residents. Reducing property taxes for homeowners is a key component of the House Democrats’ Plan4PA, and Rep. Madden is putting forth her own property tax reform proposal to provide relief to struggling homeowners across the state. Read more

 

Madden to host House Democratic Policy Committee forum on property taxes Tuesday in East Stroudsburg

(Jan 05, 2018)

EAST STROUDSBURG, Jan. 5 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public forum for state and local officials and residents to discuss property taxes. The forum will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9 at the Dansbury Depot, 5 S. Kistler St., East Stroudsburg, PA 18301. The public and media are invited to attend. Madden requested the forum to give the public an opportunity to discuss the need for property tax reform with policy experts and state legislators, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Madden’s own property tax reform proposal will also be discussed. Reducing property taxes for homeowners is a key component of the House Democrats’ Plan4PA . Visit www.planforpa.pahouse.com for additional information about the Plan4PA and www.pahouse.com/policycommittee for Policy Committee materials. Read more

 

Be winter weather wise!

(Jan 04, 2018)

Be winter-weather wise Winter weather is upon us. In these cold and dangerous months, it’s wise to check in at http://www.weather.gov/ for the latest warnings and watches. General cold-weather tips Exposure to cold temperatures can cause serious or life-threatening health problems, including frostbite and hypothermia. Always limit time spent outside during extreme cold spells. Never use an electric generator, camp stove or similar device indoors, as they produce odorless, colorless and highly deadly carbon monoxide. If you must spend time outside, cover as much exposed skin as possible to protect from frostbite. Often you don’t realize you’re getting frostbite until it’s already started. If shoveling snow, be mindful not to injure your back or overexert yourself. When possible, push snow instead of lifting it. Driving in winter weather Always adjust speed for road conditions. Speed is a key factor in accidents during adverse weather conditions. Clear ALL snow from your car - including the roof. It's not only a safe practice, it's the law. Keep your headlights on and if your wipers are on - your headlights must be on, too. It's the law. Also, remember, headlights aren’t just to help you see, they’re to help people see you. Keep an emergency kit in the trunk of your car that includes items such as flashlights, blankets, batteries, and snacks in the event you have to pull over. Allow enough space Read more

 

Monroe County awarded $170,000 grant to address homelessness

(Dec 22, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 22 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, announced that Monroe County has been awarded a $170,000 grant to help address homelessness. "I'm pleased the county will be receiving this funding to help respond to homelessness in the county," Madden said. "It's been proven that getting a family or individual experiencing homelessness into rapid rehousing programs as quickly as possible is key to getting them into permanent housing, thereby reducing the return to homelessness, increasing a household's self-sufficiency and decreasing homelessness overall." The federal Emergency Solutions Grant was provided through the Department of Community and Economic Development. The funding may be used for rapid rehousing, street outreach, homelessness prevention, emergency shelter, homeless management information system and administrative costs. The ESG program is designed to assist people to quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness. Read more

 

Rep. Madden brings home $500K for downtown Stroudsburg parking facility

(Dec 22, 2017)

State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, has announced that a $500,000 Redevelopment Assistance Capitol Program grant has been awarded to the Monroe County Industrial Development Authority for a downtown Stroudsburg parking facility. Madden said the 400-space public parking facility is designed to attract more people to shop downtown and will allow employees who work downtown the availability of parking in a secure garage. “This funding is invested right here locally in the heart of Stroudsburg’s business district,” Madden said. "It’s a big boost to our local economy in the 115 th District and I am proud to assist in that continued development." The RACP grant program is administered by the governor’s Office of the Budget to foster economic, cultural, civic and historical projects with significant potential for improving economic growth and new jobs. Read more

 

2018 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Dec 18, 2017)

Please download and enjoy this free 2018 calendar featuring seasonal photos of our beautiful state Capitol. Read more

 

Rep. Madden says workplace sex offenders need to be held accountable

(Dec 11, 2017)

State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, today joined fellow female legislators at a Pennsylvania House and Senate news conference to discuss a package of bills aimed at extending protections against sexual harassment in the workplace. Madden spoke at a “Me Too” news conference about her legislation that would extend protections against sexual harassment under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. Presently, the PHRA only protects employees at businesses with four or more employees. Madden’s bill would bring any entity with three or fewer employees under the protection of PHRA. Under PHRA, sexual harassment is a form of discrimination based on sex. “It doesn’t take having or being a mother, sister, a daughter or a wife to know that this is an issue that transcends all boundaries,” Madden said. “For far too long sexual harassment victims in the workplace have been retaliated against and ridiculed for coming forward. As a nation, we’ve built up a quiet culture of acceptance around sexual harassment, sexual assault and gender discrimination and that needs to stop.” While PHRA is a state-level protection for Pennsylvanians at companies with four or more personnel, Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act only applies to employers with 15 or more employees. Madden said these last few months have shown that the only way to get rid of this silent tolerance is to be loud and intolerant of this Read more

 

Madden: We Need Good Paying Jobs

(Dec 06, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden is fighting for a new way forward that focuses on good jobs, good schools and a system that finally puts working people first. Read more