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

 

McNeill announces $593,700 in school safety grants

(May 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 1 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill said two local school districts were awarded school safety and security grants totaling $593,700. Read more

 

McNeill Hosts Annual Spring Senior Fair

(Apr 26, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Jeanne McNeill and state Sen. Lisa Boscola hosted their annual Spring Senior Fair at the Whitehall Mall, helping to connect area seniors with a variety of state and local programs and services. Read more

 

McNeill to host REAL ID information session

(Apr 24, 2019)

WHITEHALL, April 25 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, today announced she will host a REAL ID informational event on May 8 to promote and answer questions concerning Pennsylvania’s REAL ID program. The event, which will take place at 6 p.m. May 8 at the Hanover Township, Lehigh County Fire Co., will feature PennDOT officials and McNeill helping residents to learn more about obtaining a federally compliant REAL ID from the Department of Transportation. No RSVP is required to attend. “As with any new program, I am sure residents have plenty of questions on what REAL ID is, and if they will need one,” McNeill said. “My staff and I are happy to help people know the ins and outs of the program, and I recommend anyone with questions about the process to attend and learn more.” REAL IDs, which are optional, are now available through PennDOT. After Oct. 1, 2020, a REAL ID-compliant license or ID card, or a U.S. Passport or military ID, will be necessary to board a domestic commercial flight or to enter a secure federal facility. A REAL ID-compliant driver’s license has enhanced security features required by federal legislation. McNeill said a REAL ID can be obtained through the mail, online and in person at certain PennDOT Driver License Centers, including the new center on MacArthur Road in Whitehall. Anyone with questions can contact McNeill’s office at 610-266-1273. Read more

 

Madden, McNeill to reintroduce banning pet leasing

(Apr 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG, APRIL 18 – States Reps. Maureen Madden, D- Monroe, and Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, are circulating a legislative memo requesting cosponsors to reintroduce their pet safety legislation. The representatives want to stop pet stores from luring customers into buying cute but expensive pets through lease agreements. Under the terms of lease contracts, customers enter into a long-term payment agreement, which often results in them paying far more than what they would have by purchasing the pet outright, with large balloon payments at the end of the lease. “Unfortunately, customers eventually discover that they were deceived when they signed the pet lease,” Madden said. “Sadly, when a customer lacks the financial ability to make a payment, their pet is repossessed and often finds its way back to a shelter.” According to the Federal Trade Commission, pet leasing is not considered illegal; however, companies may be held responsible since they have an obligation to clearly state that customers are entering into a lease agreement. “We need to protect pet owners from the unnecessary stress and trauma of losing a pet should they be unable to make payments and lose a pet due to repossession,” McNeill said. “For many of us, pets are more than just companions, they are family.” Madden said other states such as California, Nevada and New York have enacted legislation to ban the practice. Madden Read more

 

McNeill, Boscola invite residents to annual Spring Senior Fair

(Apr 15, 2019)

WHITEHALL, April 15 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill and state Sen. Lisa Boscola invite residents to their annual Spring Senior Fair to be held from 9 a.m. to noon on April 26 at the Whitehall Mall. “We are proud to again host our annual senior fair at the Whitehall Mall,” McNeill said. “Last year, we had more than 500 seniors as well as state and local agencies at our event. The Whitehall Mall offers ample space, plenty of free parking and is accessible by LANTA bus routes 103, 325 and 602, making it a great venue and event for our community and seniors. The free event is expected to include more than 80 different vendors and will offer blood pressure screenings, vision checks, giveaways, refreshments, door prizes and more. Residents with questions or who would like more information are invited to contact McNeill’s office at 610-266-1273. Media coverage is invited. Read more

 

McNeill to host monthly veterans outreach program

(Apr 09, 2019)

WHITEHALL, April 9 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, today announced her office will host its monthly veterans outreach program on April 22. 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. April 22 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 this help. Those interested in meeting with the adviser must schedule an appointment through McNeill’s office at 610-266-1273 . A representative from the American Legion is usually scheduled for assistance in McNeill’s office on the third Monday of each month. This month’s event will be held on April 22 due to an American Legion scheduling conflict. Read more

 

McNeill appointed to lead Subcommittee on Economic Development

(Apr 04, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 4 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill recently was appointed Democratic chairwoman of the House Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Economic Development. Read more

 

Public Hearings Scheduled on Proposed UGI Utilities Rate Increases

(Mar 29, 2019)

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has scheduled public input hearings concerning a proposed rate increase request filed by UGI Utilities. PUC will hear testimony from a variety of stakeholders to determine if an increase in rates is just and reasonable. The public hearings will be held on April 22 at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the Commonwealth Keystone Building in Harrisburg with a livestream available across the state. The hearings are open to the public. If you wish to participate in person, simply show up at either hearing and sign in if you wish to testify. If you wish to testify by phone at the hearings, you must contact the Office of Administrative Law Judge at 717-787-1399 no later than 4:30 p.m. on April 17. The Office of Consumer Advocate encourages all those with an interest in this matter to take part in the hearing and dialogue. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact the PA Office of Consumer Advocate at 1-800-6560 or at consumer@paoca.org Read more

 

McNeill to host monthly veterans outreach program

(Mar 11, 2019)

WHITEHALL, March 11 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, today announced her office will host its monthly veterans outreach program on March 18. 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. March 18 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 this help. Those interested in meeting with the adviser must schedule an appointment through McNeill’s office at 610-266-1273 . A representative from the American Legion is regularly scheduled for assistance in McNeill’s office on the third Monday of each month. Read more

 

McNeill: We Need Reasonable Prescription Drug Prices

(Feb 28, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Jeanne McNeill participated in a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing in Wilkes-Barre focused on making health care more affordable for all Pennsylvanians. Read more

 

McNeill Fights for Early, Easy Voting

(Feb 26, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Jeanne McNeill joined the House Democratic Policy Committee in Allentown for a roundtable discussion on protecting voting rights in Pennsylvania. The roundtable focused on a new legislative package from the House Democrats titled Your Vote Counts, which would allow for early voting, additional time for absentee ballots to be submitted, time off to vote, and mail-in ballots Read more

 

Your opinion counts

(Feb 15, 2019)

Lt Gov. John Fetterman is conducting a statewide listening tour to hear from Pennsylvania residents about how they view proposals to legalize general adult-use marijuana. I also want to know what you think. Please provide your viewpoint and comment by filling out the form below. http://www.pahouse.com/Survey/?id=1177 Read more

 

McNeill, Boscola announce date for annual Spring Senior Fair

(Feb 12, 2019)

WHITEHALL, Feb. 12 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill and state Sen. Lisa Boscola today announced their annual Spring Senior Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon April 26 at the Whitehall Mall. “We are proud to again host our annual senior fair at the Whitehall Mall,” McNeill said. “Last year, we had more than 500 seniors as well as state and local agencies at our event. The Whitehall Mall offers ample space, plenty of free parking and is accessible by LANTA bus routes 103, 325 and 602, making it a great venue and event for our community and seniors. The free event is expected to include more than 80 different vendors and will offer blood pressure screenings, vision checks, giveaways, refreshments, door prizes and more. Any organization that would like to participate should contact Brenda Pagan in McNeill’s office at bpagan@pahouse.net . Read more