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

 

McNeill: Workforce Development a Key Part of Budget Address

(Feb 05, 2019)

In response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address, Pa. state Rep. Jeanne McNeill commends his dedication to workforce development initiatives which will help connect Lehigh Valley residents with good paying jobs. Read more

 

Rep. McNeill pleased with four key committee assignments in 2019-2020 session

(Jan 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, today announced she has been appointed to serve on several key House committees for the 2019-20 legislative session. McNeill will serve on the Commerce, Game and Fisheries, Gaming Oversight, Labor and Industry and committees. “I am committed to my constituents and these committee appointments reflect my constituency in the 133 rd District,” Mc Neill said. “These committees are consumer oriented and perform a vital function in the legislative process.” McNeill said the appointments put her in a position to discuss and formulate much of the bills’ language before it is considered and voted on in the House of Representatives. McNeill wanted to clearly explain each committee to her constituents. Commerce – evaluates legislation involving the banking industry and financial services industries; reviews bills that control interest rates and wage and employment issues; and has oversight of the Department of Banking, Department of Community and Economic Development, Pennsylvania Housing and Finance Agency, the Securities Commission and the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority. Game and Fisheries – reviews bills which affect the Game Commission and Fish and Boat Commission. Both commissions are independent entities and rely on licensing and use fees for a significant portion of their funding. Gaming Oversight – works with the Pennsylvania Read more

 

Get free assistance with your Property Tax/Rent Rebate

(Jan 23, 2019)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2018 tax year are available – and my office staff is ready to help you file yours for free! Read more

 

McNeill announces funding for computer science programs in local schools

(Jan 17, 2019)

WHITEHALL, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, announced today that Catasauqua School District and Salisbury Township School District are recipients of PA Smart Targeted Grants. Catasauqua School District received $35,000 in funding for programs at Sheckler Elementary, Catasauqua Middle and Catasauqua High Schools, while Salisbury Township District also has received $35,000 in funding for programs at Salisbury Middle School, Western Elementary School and Harry S. Truman Elementary School. “It is critical we provide our children with the tools necessary to succeed,” McNeill said. “As our world around us rapidly changes and progresses, so too must the ways in which we teach our students. I am excited to see the positive impact these grants and their subsequent programs will have on our community’s schools.” Targeted to schools with limited or no computer science offerings for students, the grants are designed to help school districts implement computer science programs into their curriculum. Funding can be used for a variety of reasons, including staff training and certification exam reimbursements, as well as eligible hardware and purchases for products to implement computer science teachings in the classroom. McNeill noted her thanks to Gov. Tom Wolf and his administration’s dedication to meeting the 21 st century demands of Pennsylvania’s educational system. A full list of Read more

 

McNeill to host monthly veterans outreach program

(Jan 07, 2019)

WHITEHALL, Jan. 7 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, today announced her office will host its monthly veterans outreach program on Jan. 28. 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. Jan 28 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 are encouraged to schedule an appointment through McNeill’s office at 610-266-1273 . A specialist from the American Legion is normally scheduled for assistance in McNeill’s office on the third Monday of each month. This month’s event will be held on Jan. 28 due to McNeill’s offices being closed on Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Read more

 

Pennsylvania Legislature reconvenes with record number of female lawmakers

(Jan 03, 2019)

The Pennsylvania Legislature began session Tuesday with a record number of female lawmakers. Many of them took the oath of office for the first time during ceremonies marked with solemn traditions and family joy. Read more

 

McNeill sworn in as state legislator

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, took the oath of office today to begin her first full term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where she will continue to represent the 133 rd Legislative District. “I am excited to get back to Harrisburg and continue representing the great communities that make up the 133 rd legislative district,” said McNeill. “My team and I are dedicated to helping constituents access state programs and advocating for legislation that benefits families living both in Lehigh County and across the state.” McNeill said she plans to continue her legislative focus on issues such as fighting for policies that benefit working class families, addressing the opioid crisis, protecting the rights of those with physical and mental challenges, addressing high property taxes, keeping seniors in their homes and other initiatives that better the lives of the residents of the 133 rd District, as well as those across the commonwealth. “I’m proud to work with members of both parties to continue moving Pennsylvania forward,” said McNeill. “When we come together and address issues that impact us all, we create a fairer, more productive Pennsylvania for our communities and for future generations.” McNeill was first elected to serve the 133 rd District in December of 2017, succeeding her late husband, state Rep. Daniel McNeill, and finishing out his term. She had previously Read more