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

 

McNeill hosting veterans outreach July 15

(Jul 08, 2019)

WHITEHALL, July 8 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, said her office will host its monthly veterans outreach program next week. Read more

 

McNeill: Budget Benefits Education and Personal Care Workers

(Jun 28, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Jeanne McNeill says although there were missed opportunities regarding raising the minimum wage and general assistance, she supported this year's budget because of the boost in education funding and increased salaries for personal care workers. Read more

 

McNeill: We Should Never Limit Voting Options

(Jun 27, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Jeanne McNeill says we should never limit voting options and that's why she's against taking away the ability to vote a straight party ticket in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

McNeill announces $1.89 million in crime victim, law enforcement grants

(Jun 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 17 – Services that help victims of crime and domestic violence in the Lehigh Valley will be expanded and two local police departments will benefit from $1.89 million in grants, announced state Rep. Jeanne McNeill. Read more

 

McNeill hosting veterans outreach June 17

(Jun 10, 2019)

WHITEHALL, June 10 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, today announced her office will host its monthly veterans outreach program June 17. A veteran’s outreach specialist from the American Legion will be in McNeill’s office – 1080 Schadt Ave. – from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, June 17 to discuss programs and services available for veterans and their families, as well as the application process for the different services. The specialist also will be available to discuss pensions, other forms of compensation, educational opportunities, health care and benefits. Legion membership is not required to take advantage of the help. Those interested in meeting with the adviser must schedule an appointment through McNeill’s office at 610-266-1273. Read more

 

McNeill resolution puts focus on mental health care provider shortage

(Jun 05, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 5 – The state House of Representatives this week unanimously adopted a resolution that directs the Joint State Government Commission to study the mental health care provider shortage in Pennsylvania, according to the resolution’s author, Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh. “By understanding how we can improve the ways in which we support those working in mental health care, we have the power to change people’s lives,” McNeill said. “It is imperative we focus attention and resources to find meaningful solutions. I look forward to working with my colleagues and medical professionals to learn how Pennsylvania can find a remedy to this issue.” The study will work to identify factors behind the state shortages, make projections on the number of mental health care providers in Pennsylvania in the future, make recommendations on how to solve the disparity in the number of mental health care providers in rural counties compared to urban and suburban counties and any other solutions needed to stop and reverse the mental health care provider shortage. McNeill noted and thanked her fellow legislators for their support in improving mental health services in Pennsylvania. Findings and recommendations from the study will be reported to the House no later than one year after the adoption of this resolution. Read more

 

State legislators announce more than $500,000 in state funding for Lehigh Valley Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center

(May 22, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 22 – State Reps. Jeanne McNeill, Peter Schweyer, Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh and Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, today announced that the Commonwealth Financing Authority has approved $501,500 in state funding for maintenance and improvements at the Lehigh Valley Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center. “In an era of incredible technology at our fingertips, we need to be smart about fighting crime, using resources wisely to keep our communities safe,” Schlossberg said. “I am excited to have worked with my colleagues to secure this funding and see the people of the Lehigh Valley benefit from this support.” “Allocating grants that help innovate and improve our law enforcement agencies equates to safer, better communities for all,” Freeman said. “I am always grateful to see tax dollars come back to our district, and I look forward to seeing how this funding will help our area.” The grant will assist covering costs at the center for personnel as well as annual software support, maintenance and development. The center, overseen by the Lehigh County District Attorney, is a regional law enforcement initiative supporting local, state and federal law enforcement partners in both Lehigh and Northampton counties. ‘I am proud to have worked with my fellow legislators to ensure this funding was allocated to such an important policing program,” McNeill said. “Communities around the Lehigh Read more

 

McNeill announces state grant for Whitehall Parkway Pavilion

(May 22, 2019)

WHITEHALL, May 22 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, today announced that the Commonwealth Financing Authority approved a $69,622 grant to Whitehall Township to construct a Whitehall Parkway Pavilion for community use. The project will consist of installing and opening an open-air pavilion with restrooms and concessions areas in Whitehall Parkway. The parkway is a 110-acre park near the center of the township, and is used by many community members to hike, fish, bird watch, explore historical buildings and more. “The Whitehall Parkway is a beautiful park that is enjoyed by so many, my family included,” McNeill said. “Working to ensure funding comes to projects like this is a highlight of my job as a state legislator, and I look forward to seeing continued improvements and enhancements to our parks.” McNeill noted and thanked Gov. Tom Wolf and his administration for their dedication to community development. The project is expected to be completed by July 2019. The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development. It is responsible for funding programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth. The CFA consists of seven board members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of DCED, the Office of the Budget and the Department of Banking and Securities. Read more

 

REAL IDs are now available

(May 16, 2019)

As you may know, REAL ID is now available for Pennsylvanians who want one. Effective October 1, 2020, Pennsylvanians will need a REAL ID to enter federal facilities that require identification, a military installation and board a domestic commercial flight. To get your REAL ID, gather the following documents: Proof of identity: (original or certified copy of a birth certificate or valid, unexpired U.S. Passport or passport card. Social Security Card Two proofs of current, physical PA address: examples include current, unexpired PA license or ID, PA vehicle registration, auto insurance card, or utility bill with the same name and address. Proof of all legal name changes: Certified marriage certificate, court order or divorce decree issued by your county’s family court. Visit one of the 12 PennDOT REAL ID Centers to receive your REAL ID at the time of service or your local PennDOT Driver License Center to receive your REAL ID within 15 business days. You DO NOT need a REAL ID to: Drive. Vote. Access hospitals. Visit the post office. Access federal courts. Apply for or receive federal benefits, such as Social Security or veterans’ benefits. A REAL ID driver's license or photo ID costs a one-time fee of $30, plus a renewal fee ($30.50 for a four-year, non-commercial driver's license or photo ID). More information on REAL ID is available here . Read more

 

McNeill Recognizes 22q at the Zoo Worldwide Awareness Day

(May 13, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Jeanne McNeill speaks on House Resolution 262 recognizing May 19, 2019 as "22q at the Zoo Worldwide Awareness Day" in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

McNeill hosting veterans outreach May 20

(May 08, 2019)

WHITEHALL, May 8 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, today announced her office will host its monthly veterans outreach program May 20. A veteran’s outreach specialist from the American Legion will be present in McNeill’s office – 1080 Schadt Ave. – from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 20 to discuss programs and services available for veterans and their families, as well as the application process for the different services. The specialist also will be available to discuss pensions, other forms of compensations, educational opportunities, health care and benefits. Legion membership is not required to take advantage of the help. Those interested in meeting with the adviser must schedule an appointment through McNeill’s office at 610-266-1273. Read more