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

 

McNeill announces monthly veterans outreach program

(Nov 27, 2018)

WHITEHALL, Nov. 27 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, today announced her office will begin hosting a monthly veterans outreach program starting Dec. 17. A representative from the American Legion will be present in McNeill’s office – 1080 Schadt Ave. – from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 17 to discuss programs and services available for veterans and their families, as well as the application process for the different services. The representative 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 representative from the American Legion will continue to be in McNeill’s office on the third Monday of the month, unless otherwise noted. Read more

 

Fighting hunger this holiday season

(Nov 20, 2018)

As we approach the holiday season, I wanted to take a moment and highlight resources across Pennsylvania that can assist those who may be experiencing food insecurity. Read more

 

More than words; how Pennsylvania supports veterans

(Nov 08, 2018)

As Veterans Day nears, I wanted to share information on programs that benefit veterans and their families. To those from Lehigh County who have bravely served our country, thank you and Happy Veterans Day. Read more

 

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Nov 01, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us . Read more

 

Senior prescription program expanded to help more people

(Oct 23, 2018)

I voted for legislation that would allow more senior citizens in Lehigh County and across the state pay for their prescription medication. Putting people first and focusing on health care is part of the House Democrats' Plan for Pennsylvania Read more Read more

 

McNeill welcomes $582,325 in local recycling grants

(Oct 12, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 12 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill said three municipal recycling programs in her legislative district have been awarded state grants totaling $582,325. “Recycling programs help to lessen the burden on our landfills and in turn, help to maintain our environment for future generations to enjoy,” said McNeill, D-Lehigh. “It’s great to see that successful programs being conducted in Salisbury Township, Whitehall Township and Fountain Hill are being rewarded with these state grants.” Local grants include: Salisbury Township, $221,499. Whitehall Township, $299,827. Fountain Hill, $60,999. The Recycling Development and Implementation Grants are distributed by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The grants can be used for a number of things. Funding eligibility is allocated for expanding recycling processing facilities, installing data collection systems on recycling vehicles, continuing or creating curbside recycling programs, developing educational materials or operating leaf compost facilities. Nearly 200 county and municipal governments were awarded grants for recycling collections, education and leaf litter pickup. Up to 90 percent of approved recycling program costs are eligible under the grant program. Read more

 

Pennsylvania receives extension for REAL ID

(Oct 11, 2018)

Pennsylvania has been granted a REAL ID enforcement extension by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through August 1, 2019. This extension means that Pennsylvania residents will not face access issues when entering federal facilities or boarding domestic commercial aircraft through at least that date. REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and photo ID cards will be available from PennDOT at the customer’s option beginning March 2019. PennDOT is encouraging customers to pre-verify for REAL ID the required documentation as soon as possible, giving them ample time to prepare. More information about what documents will be required is available on PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website . More information about REAL ID, including frequently asked questions , can be found at www.dmv.pa.gov . Read more

 

House adopts McNeill resolution to raise awareness for Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome

(Oct 09, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 9 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, said she is pleased that the House of Representatives adopted her resolution ( H.R.1092 ) that designates October 2018 as the month to raise awareness to Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. McNeill said Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, commonly known as POTS, is a type of dysautonomia, a malfunction of the nervous system that controls the autonomic functions of the body such as heart rate and blood pressure. “My daughter as well as between one and three million people in the United States suffers from POTS, and the ailments can be so debilitating that it can interfere with performing normal daily activities,” McNeill said. McNeill said the majority of people affected are women 15 to 50 years old. Treatments can vary on an individual basis but can include changes in diet and exercise, medicinal options, or both. The Lehigh County legislator said adolescents can have an especially difficult time in dealing with POTS as it can cause depression, anxiety, school absence and decreased academic performance. Read more

 

McNeill offering weekly outreach in Fountain Hill

(Oct 09, 2018)

WHITEHALL, Oct. 9 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, is pleased to announce expanded weekly constituent outreach hours at her satellite office in the Fountain Hill Borough Hall. “This is our second year at this location, and we will now be there every Friday rather than every other Friday,” McNeill said. “It will make it easier for the residents of Fountain Hill, West Bethlehem and Eastern Salisbury Township to receive the same quality constituent services provided by our main district office in Whitehall. It is often difficult for our seniors and people with disabilities to make it over to Whitehall and this is more convenient for them.” The expanded availability is from 9 a.m. to noon every Friday at Fountain Hill Borough Hall, 941 Long St. For more information, call McNeill’s main office at 610-266-1273. McNeill’s office can help people with PennDOT problems or questions, Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms, PACE prescription-drug assistance for qualified senior citizens, obtaining birth or death certificates and much more. She maintains a full-time office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday at 1080 Schadt Ave. in Whitehall (across the street from the former Hackman’s Bible Book Store on Mickley Road). McNeill reminds constituents that her office is located inside the ReMax building on the far left side when walking in the front door. Legislative updates are available on her website at Read more

 

McNeill announces funding for safer schools

(Oct 04, 2018)

State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, announces a combined $64,954 in funding will be awarded as part of the Safe Schools Targeted Grant program to the Bethlehem Area School District and the Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley. Read more

 

McNeill calls addiction forum a successful first step; urges colleagues to do more

(Sep 28, 2018)

NORTHAMPTON, Sept. 28 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, joined the Catasauqua Area School District in hosting an open forum on the heroin and opioid addiction epidemic Thursday in the Catasauqua High School auditorium. The forum featured a discussion led by a panel of speakers including recovery and treatment experts, a medical professional focused on addiction medicine, and people in long-term recovery who shared their stories of addiction and treatment. “We had a great panel of specialists who talked about all of the treatment options available, and whether people have insurance or not, everyone can get treatment,” McNeill said. “The conversations we shared were educational and informative. It was a successful first step. But, we are still fighting this battle every day. For example, we simply don’t have enough beds to treat everyone who desperately needs help. “We have some good treatment facilities, but they are filled to capacity. Often the only available bed is three or four hours away, and people in withdrawal can’t drive that far, so they slip back into using drugs. I am urging the governor and my fellow legislators to do even more to address the lack of treatment options. We are losing residents daily to this awful scourge, and as much as we have done, we simply are still not doing enough to get people the treatment they need. This is not just a health crisis, this is life and death.” Read more

 

McNeill, Catasauqua High School to host Heroin and Opioid Forum

(Sep 21, 2018)

State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, will join the Catasauqua Area School District to host an open forum on the heroin and opioid addiction epidemic at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in the Catasauqua High School auditorium, 2500 W. Bullshead Road, Northampton. Read more

 

Lease a pet? Local reps produce legislation to end practice

(Sep 17, 2018)

Allies of furry friends came together to shed some light on a predatory practice known as pet leasing at the Animal Welfare Society of Monroe on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 . Read more