McNeill Touts the Benefits of Electric Vehicles

(6 hours ago)

At a Ride and Drive event at the Capitol Complex, Pa. state Rep. Jeanne McNeill test drove an electric vehicle and discussed the many environmental benefits they provide. Read more

 

Rep. McNeill brings home $1 million for industrial site cleanup

(9 hours ago)

CATASAUQUA, Oct. 23 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, has announced that $1 million has been awarded to the borough of Catasauqua for environmental cleanup of the former Crane Iron Works. “I’ve been working with the Borough of Catasauqua on this project and this will help to move this important development forward. I’m excited for what is planned at this site, which will be a real asset to the residents of Catasauqua,” McNeill said. The funds will be used for the removal of asbestos-containing material throughout the structures, removal and disposal of all debris within the buildings, and capping the site with imported certified clean fill. McNeill said the Industrial Sites Reuse Program provides loans and grants for environmental assessments and remediation carried out by eligible applicants who did not cause or contribute to the contamination. The program is designed to foster the cleanup of environmental contamination at industrial sites, thereby bringing blighted land into productive reuse. For more information about the Industrial Site Reuse Program or the Department of Community and Economic Development, visit the DCED website. Read more

 

House passes Rep. McNeill's bill to extend hours to sell alcohol at performing art facilities

(Oct 21, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 21 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed a bill today co-sponsored by state Reps. Jeanne McNeill, D- Lehigh, and Steve Samuelson, D-Northampton, that would allow performing arts facilities to adjust their operating hours and begin selling alcohol during performances at 10 a.m. on Sundays. McNeill said she introduced the legislation ( H.B. 1589 ) because performing arts facilities are still prohibited from selling alcohol before 1 p.m. on Sundays even though other licensed establishments are permitted to begin selling earlier on Sundays. “The hours change would better accommodate the various show times, which often begin before 1 p.m.,” McNeill said. “Pennsylvania has 95 active and pending performing arts facility licensees that would benefit from this change.” In addition, the legislation also would allow small movie theatres to quality for a performing arts facility license. To qualify, a movie theatre would have to have seating for at least 100 people, but no more than 300 to 350 people. The small movie theatre must screen independent films, foreign films, classic films and second-run films on no more than four movie screens. Independent films are defined in the legislation as features and films produced outside a major film studio system, or by an independent entertainment agency. Performing arts facilities are defined as halls or theatres in which live musical, concerts, dance, ballet and Read more

 

McNeill lauds $37,780 in school safety grants

(Oct 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 18 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, announced today the Catasauqua Area School District, Whitehall-Coplay School District and Saint Elizabeth Regional School are receiving a combined $37,780 in school safety grants. McNeill said the funding will enable these local schools to prevent and reduce violent incidents by providing training and compensation for school resource and police officers and acquire safety and security-related equipment. “These funds will ensure that students can learn, grow and thrive in a safe and secure environment,” McNeill said. “I am pleased to see the state prioritizing the safety of our kids and teachers, while giving families some much needed peace of mind.” The Catasauqua Area School District is awarded $24,921 in the form of a 2019-20 equipment grant. The Whitehall-Coplay School District is also awarded an equipment grant of $9,000. Saint Elizabeth Regional School is awarded $3,859 in the form of a 2019-20 program grant. This funding is part of the $7.3 million in School Safety Grants the Pennsylvania Department of Education is awarding to both public and non-public school districts throughout the commonwealth. Read more

 

***Revised: DATE CHANGE*** Rep.McNeill's free Disability Resource Fair Oct. 26 in Catasauqua

(Oct 16, 2019)

****Revised: DATE CHANGE**** McNeill’s free Disability Resource Fair to be held Oct. 26 in Catasauqua CATASAUQUA, Oct. 15 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, will hold her inaugural Disability Resource Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct 26 at the Suburban North Family YMCA. The date was changed to Saturday due to a scheduling conflict. This event will feature vendors and organizations who will have programs and services available to disabled individuals. “My resource fair is about bringing necessary products and services together under one roof for the community of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors and health care professionals,” McNeill said. For more information, please call McNeill’s district office at (610) 266-1273. ###rc/2019/agh l:\print\releases\DisabilityFair.133 ATTENTION NEWS EDITORS : Media coverage of this event is invited. Read more

 

Veterans outreach Oct. 21 at McNeill’s office

(Oct 15, 2019)

WHITEHALL, Oct. 15 – Area veterans are invited to take part in the monthly support program at the office of state Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh. A representative from the American Legion Service Office Outreach program will be in McNeill’s district office – 1080 Schadt Ave. – from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21 to provide information on services available to veterans and their families. The American Legion representatives are available to discuss education, health care and death benefits. Legion membership is not required to take advantage of the help, but anyone interested in speaking to the advisers should call and schedule an appointment through McNeill’s office at 610-266-1273. Read more

 

McNeill invites constituents to open house Sept. 26

(Sep 19, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 19 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, will host an open house from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 at her district office, 1080 Schadt Ave., Whitehall. McNeill said residents of the 133 rd District can learn about various state programs and services that are available to them, including how to find out if they are owed any money from the Pennsylvania Treasury Unclaimed Property Fund. “I believe it is vital for lawmakers to hear from constituents firsthand about the issues that are impacting them,” McNeill said. “This open house is a great way for their voices to be heard and make me more effective as their representative in Harrisburg.” For more information about the open house, call McNeill’s district office at 610-266-1273. Read more

 

Rep. McNeill: $60,000 in state funding for Whitehall Parkway Pavilion

(Sep 17, 2019)

WHITEHALL, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, today announced $60,000 in funding has been awarded to Whitehall Township to construct a Whitehall Parkway Pavilion through the state’s Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program. The project will consist of installing a pre-engineered open-air pavilion with restrooms and concession areas in Whitehall Parkway. “This project is an important part of Lehigh Valley’s recreational and tourism attractions, which host many visitors throughout the year,” McNeill said. Mc Neill said the Whitehall Parkway is a 110-acre park near the center of the township. Total project cost is $132,088. The grant is administered by state’s Commonwealth Financing Authority. Read more

 

McNeill: Our Office Can Help

(Sep 06, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Jeanne McNeill invites you to visit her district office in Whitehall for help navigating the many state programs and services that are available. Read more

 

Veterans outreach Sept. 16th at McNeill's office

(Sep 06, 2019)

WHITEHALL, Sept. 6 – Area veterans are invited to take part in the monthly support program at the office of state Rep Jeanne McNeill. A representative from the American Legion Service Office Outreach program will be in McNeill's office at 1080 Schadt Ave. – from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 16 to provide information on services available to veterans and their families. The representative will be available to discuss education, health care and death benefits. Legion membership is not required to take advantage of the help, but anyone interested in speaking to the adviser is encouraged to schedule an appointment through McNeill’s office at 610-266-1273. Read more

 

McNeill bill proposes cap on insulin prices

(Sep 04, 2019)

A state lawmaker plans to introduce a bill that would put a cap on the monthly cost of insulin for patients in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

McNeill Working to Cap Out-of-Pocket Costs for Diabetics

(Aug 30, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Jeanne McNeill thinks people with diabetes shouldn't have to choose between insulin and food, travel to Canada or turn to the black market in order to get relief from the high costs associated with the disease. She's introducing a bill that would cap insulin out-of-pocket costs for people with diabetes. Read more

 

McNeill: Lehigh Valley International Airport to receive $2.8 million grant

(Aug 28, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, Aug. 28 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, announced today that Lehigh Valley International Airport has been awarded $2.8 million in state grant funding. The funding will be used to continue development of general aviation hangars so the airport can continue to serve its growing number of passengers. Lehigh Valley International is one of 29 airports to receive a combined total of more than $13.7 million in state grants. “Right now, hangar space between New York and Philadelphia is in great demand and with this funding Lehigh Valley International will be able to meet that need while continuing to provide a positive economic impact in the region,” McNeill said. “This is an investment in a major asset which boosts area businesses and creates jobs, and that’s a win-win.” The state grants are distributed through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Aviation Transportation Assistance Program, Aviation Development Program, which comes from the state’s jet fuel tax, and the state’s multimodal fund, which finances development and improvement of transportation assets. More information on aviation in the state is available by visiting www.penndot.gov . Read more

 

McNeill supports Gov. Tom Wolf’s gun violence prevention executive order

(Aug 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 16 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, released the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf's executive order today on gun violence prevention. “Communities across the commonwealth and across the country are experiencing tragedy and terror by senseless gun violence. In Allentown, residents are dealing with shootings driven in part by gang violence, and our dedicated law enforcement puts their lives on the line every time they answer shots-fired calls. “Far too often we’re seeing schools, places of worship, businesses, shopping centers and neighborhoods becoming targets. People are living in fear wondering if they will be the next victim of violence. The efforts the governor is undertaking to curb gun violence are a big step in the right direction without infringing on the Second Amendment rights of our citizens. “I strongly support the governor’s executive order to reduce suicides, homicides and mass shootings in Pennsylvania, but as he said today, an executive order on gun violence is not enough. My colleagues and I must take up common sense gun legislation, including closing background check loopholes and 'red flag' laws that would prevent those who are deemed a danger to themselves or others from having access to guns. “The safety of all Pennsylvanians is the primary focus for every lawmaker, and every resident young and old has the right of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, Read more

 

Coplay Borough Honors the late Rep. Dan McNeill

(Aug 15, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Jeanne McNeill gathered with family and friends in Coplay as the borough dedicated a park bench in memory of her husband, the late Rep. Dan McNeill. Read more

 

Charter school reforms supported by McNeill

(Aug 13, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, Aug. 13 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, said she supports the charter school reform proposals announced today by Gov. Tom Wolf. Read more

 

Veterans outreach Aug. 19 at McNeill’s office

(Aug 06, 2019)

WHITEHALL, Aug. 6 – Area veterans are invited to take part in the monthly support program at the office of state Rep. Jeanne McNeill. A representative from the American Legion Service Office Outreach program will be in McNeill's office at 1080 Schadt Ave. – from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 19 to provide information on services available to veterans and their families. The representative will be available to discuss education, health care and death benefits. Legion membership is not required to take advantage of the help, but anyone interested in speaking to the advisers is encouraged to schedule an appointment through McNeill’s office at 610-266-1273. CONTACT: Thomas LeClair House Democratic Communications Office 717-787-7895 LCO-Northeast@pahouse.net Read more

 

McNeill: Whitehall Township to receive $1 million grant

(Aug 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 1 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, today announced Whitehall Township will receive a $1 million grant for the building of a new police station. “Whitehall Township is one of Lehigh County’s largest municipalities and as its population grows, so does the need for a larger police station,” McNeill said. “This funding is critical for the safety and protection of township residents while also alleviating some financial burdens for them. “I’d also like to thank Governor Tom Wolf for recognizing Whitehall Township’s need for the new police station by authorizing the funding.” The funding will be used to build a new 29,000-square-foot police station and sally port adjacent to the existing township’s municipal building. The $5 million project also entails creating a new lobby, which will be shared between the two buildings, two new elevators to improve accessibility for people with disabilities, and improvements to municipal garages and storage sheds. The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, from which this grant was awarded, is a state grant program overseen by the Governor’s Office of the Budget to assist with regional cultural, economic, civic and historical projects that improve a community’s economic growth by creating jobs. RACP projects are state-funded projects that cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs. Read more

 

McNeill responds to ethylene oxide concerns at Lehigh County plant

(Jul 19, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 19 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, is responding to recent media reports over ethylene oxide emissions at the B. Braun plant in Lehigh County. This week, the Environmental Protection Agency raised concerns about elevated cancer risks for residents who live near the B. Braun facility, which produces medical and pharmaceutical devices. “I am very concerned about the ethylene oxide emissions from the B. Braun plant on Marcon Boulevard which is in my legislative district. The EPA and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection needs to look further into this to assure that our residents are not faced with a cancer risk due to the release of this chemical in the air,” McNeill said. “The safety and health of my constituents is my top priority, and I want to make sure that everything is being done to allow the residents of my district and beyond to breathe clean, unpolluted air.” Ethylene oxide is a gas which is used mainly for the sterilization of medical devices and equipment, and it has been linked to breast cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The EPA has said B. Braun has not broken any laws regarding its ethylene oxide emissions. Read more

 

Burns and McNeill introduce bills to mandate death reporting requirements

(Jul 15, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 15 – Nursing home and other adult care facilities would be held accountable for all resident deaths under legislation introduced this week by state Reps. Frank Burns and Jeanne McNeill. House Bills 1713 and 1714 would increase oversight of nursing homes, assisting living residences and personal care homes by requiring them to report all deaths – regardless of cause – to the county coroner. The coroner would then determine, based on interviews with the facility and a review of the deceased resident’s medical history, if a formal investigation is warranted. If it is, the legislation would ensure coroners have access to the information they need to do their jobs. “Far too many times, we see the disturbing headlines of an older adult who died at a nursing home or other senior care residence, due to neglect or abuse,” Burns said. “Currently, these facilities only have to report a death if staff deem it suspicious, such as a homicide or accident. Allowing administrators to police themselves opens the door for unscrupulous owners or staff to hide signs of inadequate care that could have led to that senior’s death.” "This oversight is truly needed in these facilities to ensure our vulnerable older aduluts are protected and being provided the best care possible," McNeill said. "Our seniors deserve dignity and respect, and our legislation will provide a crucial layer of protection and Read more