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

 

Reps. Madden, McNeill propose animal rights legislation

(Sep 13, 2018)

State Reps. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, and Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, held a news conference today to promote their pet safety legislation to stop pet stores from luring customers into leasing pets for an exorbitant amount of money. Read more

 

BAD PAYMENT PLAN: Legislators Looking To Ban Predatory Lease-To-Own Pet Agreements

(Sep 13, 2018)

Sometimes you can't afford the dog you want to get. But some puppy mills and kennels will offer a lease-to-own payment plan so you can take the furry friend home for a monthly payment. Read more

 

Legislation Against 'Pet Leasing' Proposed for Pennsylvania

(Sep 13, 2018)

You can lease cars, furniture, apartments, even pets. Local lawmakers want to ban a practice known as 'pet leasing', which they call dirty and deceptive. Read more

 

State representatives trying to ban pet leasing in Pennsylvania

(Sep 13, 2018)

Maureen Madden and Jeanne McNeill are both passionate about animals and say pet leasing isn't just bad for animals, but also the families who are tricked into thinking they own a new pet. Read more

 

State representatives introduce legislation that makes 'pet leasing' illegal

(Sep 13, 2018)

State representatives introduce legislation that makes 'pet leasing' illegal Read more

 

Banning Pet Leasing

(Sep 12, 2018)

A legislative proposal would ban the practice of pet leasing in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Reps. Madden, McNeill propose animal rights legislation

(Sep 12, 2018)

STROUDSBURG, Sept. 12 – State Reps. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, and Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, held a news conference today to promote their pet safety legislation to stop pet stores from luring customers into leasing pets for an exorbitant amount of money. Madden said the proposed bill would protect both Pennsylvania consumers and animals. “Our bill seeks to end deceptive practices and cruelty to pets in Pennsylvania,” Madden said. "We are working with various animal rights advocates from across the state to move this legislation forward.” Madden said pet leasing is a relatively new practice in which pet stores and breeders offer a low-cost way to own a pet. The customer signs some forms, but the terms of the agreement are not often made clear, so while the customer thinks they took out a loan to get their pet, in reality they have entered into a lease agreement, requiring them to pay -- unfairly -- far beyond the pet's retail price. “As an avid dog lover I find it disturbing that people face losing their beloved pets due to complicated lease agreements, which also may end up costing them thousands of dollars more than it should,” McNeill said McNeill said there are better options for obtaining a pet, such as shelters where you pay a one-time adoption fee. "Pet leasing has already been banned in California and Nevada and legislation is currently awaiting consideration in New York, and I think those states lead by Read more

 

McNeill Connecting Area Residents with Good Jobs

(Sep 07, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Jeanne McNeill hosted a public sector job fair along with Rep. Mike Schlossberg and Rep. Peter Schweyer to help connect area residents with a variety of good paying jobs with local, county and state agencies. Read more

 

Madden, McNeill to hold news conference on pet leasing bill Sept. 12 in Stroudsburg

(Sep 07, 2018)

STROUDSBURG, Sept. 7 – State Reps. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe and Jeanne McNeill D- Lehigh, are holding a news conference on their pet safety legislation 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the Animal Welfare Society of Monroe County (AWSOM), 3129 Godfrey Ridge Drive, Stroudsburg. Special guest speaker will be Kristen Tullo, Humane Society of the United States state director. Sandy Fellin, president of AWSOM, will also attend. The representatives want to stop pet stores from luring customers to buy a cute but expensive pet. They say customers sign what they believe is a loan that will allow them to make monthly payments, only to discover it’s not really a loan, but a lease. Other states such as California and Nevada have enacted legislation to ban the practice and similar legislation is currently awaiting consideration in the New York legislature. For more information contact Madden’s office at (570) 420-2850 . The media is invited to attend. Read more

 

Schweyer, Schlossberg and McNeill to co-host Sept. 6 government jobs fair in Allentown

(Aug 21, 2018)

ALLENTOWN, Aug. 21 – State Reps. Peter Schweyer, Mike Schlossberg and Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, announced today they will co-host a government jobs fair from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Cumberland Gardens Boys & Girls Club Gym, 501 E. Susquehanna St. Designed to help local residents connect with government employers about work prospects, the event will include resume reviews, as well as representatives from several government agencies currently hiring. “Employment with the government offers stable, family-sustaining jobs for many people throughout Pennsylvania,” Schweyer said. “Our job fair will help prepare people for their first job, assist those revamping their career and provide everyone in between the tools necessary to succeed.” “Our community is filled with capable individuals with great potential,” Schlossberg said. “By highlighting professional opportunities in the Allentown area, my colleagues and I hope to help recruit high achieving employees for our government.” “Working with my colleagues to plan an event like this is important for the future of our area,” McNeill said. I look forward to meeting the hardworking people of the Lehigh Valley and to help with their professional development.” For more information about the event, contact Schweyer’s office at 610-791-6270, Schlossberg’s office at 610-821-5577 or McNeill’s office at 610-266-1273. Read more

 

McNeill announces new funding for Crane Iron Works Site Revitalization in Lehigh County

(Aug 15, 2018)

WHITEHALL, Aug. 15 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, today announced the former Crane Iron Works site located in Catasauqua, Lehigh County, received $1.5 million in funding for redevelopment purposes. “I am happy to see this important project received the funding it deserves,” McNeill said. “The revitalization of this site will play a crucial role in bringing jobs and private investments to our communities. I would like to thank Governor Tom Wolf for releasing the funding for the redevelopment, and I look forward to working with officials from Catasauqua and the state to ensure this project reaches its greatest potential.” The funds will be used to help transform the 12-acre property from a vacant and deteriorating property into a site full of commercial, residential and public uses. The site currently includes a $10 million building that serves as home to borough offices, fire department and police station. Specifically, the funding will be used to demolish obsolete industrial buildings and to install roadways, water, sewer, storm water, electric, gas and other infrastructure. McNeill noted the governor’s commitment to creating family-sustaining jobs, and hopes the project will lead to greater economic and employment implications for the Lehigh County. The project received funding through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program which works to provide economic stimulus to communities across Pennsylvania with hopes to Read more

 

McNeill: Pennsylvanians with Pre-Existing Conditions Need Coverage

(Jul 25, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Jeanne McNeill participated in a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing in Allentown to discuss a bill that would provide protections for Pennsylvanians who need health care but have a pre-existing condition. Read more

 

Rep McNeill, House Policy Committee examine human services for the disabled community in Pennsylvania

(Jul 24, 2018)

The House Democratic Policy Committee today heard from human services leaders at a hearing requested by state Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh. The hearing focused on the importance of state and local services in helping people with physical and intellectual disabilities. “Quality human services programs are a vital necessity for the disabled so that they can effectivity function on a day-to-day basis,” McNeill said. “I wanted to discuss the options that are available to them and if needed, formulate a better plan across the state.” McNeill co-chaired the hearing with state Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, who serves as Democratic House Policy Committee chairman. “I commend Representative McNeill for taking up this important issue that affects many citizens across Pennsylvania,” Sturla said. “My hope is that the issue of creating better programs for the disabled will be at the forefront of our discussion in the General Assembly when we return to session.” Those testifying at the hearing included: Sheila Theodorou, director of Bureau of Supports for People with Intellectual Disabilities, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services; Dr. Ed Norris, Department of Psychiatry chairman, Lehigh Valley Health Network and Shane Adams, supports coordinator supervisor, Service Access and Management. Also speaking on behalf of the Lehigh County Human Services Department were Josh Bridges, administrator of mental health and intellectual Read more

 

McNeill tours Coplay Aggregates Quarry

(Jul 20, 2018)

WHITEHALL, July 20 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill toured the Coplay Aggregates Quarry Thursday afternoon and met with the owners who explained the processes used at the Whitehall Township facility. Read more

 

Rep. McNeill to host public hearing on human services for the disabled community Tuesday in Bethlehem

(Jul 19, 2018)

BETHLEHEM, July 19 – As part of the House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA, state Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, is hosting a House Democratic Policy public hearing on human services for the disabled community next week. The public hearing will occur 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 24 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg, Educational Conference Center, Room B, 2545 Schoenersville Road. McNeill requested the hearing to discuss the importance of state and local services in helping those with the physical and intellectual disabilities. She will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 2 p.m. – Welcome and opening remarks 2:10 p.m. – Sheila Theodorou Intellectual Disabilities, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services 2:40 p.m. – anel of Providers: Dr. Ed Norris , Department of Psychiatry chairman, Lehigh Valley Health Network Shane Adams , supports coordinator supervisor, Service Access and Management 3:10 p.m. – Panel from Lehigh County Human Services Department Josh Bridges , administrator of mental health and intellectual disabilities Mike Paulvik , deputy administrator for mental health 3:40 p.m. – Panel from Pennsylvania Waiting List Campaign: Ned Whitehouse , advisor Tom Caraiti , advisor 4 p.m. – Panel of Parents Read more

 

McNeill: Unions will remain strong despite Supreme Court decision

(Jun 27, 2018)

ALLENTOWN, June 27 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill said the U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus decision will not stop union efforts to help working people across Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Education funding increase brings budget ‘yes’ vote from McNeill

(Jun 20, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 20 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, issued the following statement regarding today’s House of Representatives passage of the $32.7 billion state budget. Read more

 

McNeill reaches out to DEP regarding Whitehall dumping issue

(Jun 13, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 13 – Responding to Monday evening’s Whitehall Township commissioner’s meeting where the issue of alleged illegal dumping by Coplay Aggregates was discussed, state Rep. Jeanne McNeill issued the following statement. Read more

 

Free shredding event planned by McNeill on Saturday

(Jun 11, 2018)

ALLENTOWN, June 11 – Residents are reminded about the free shredding and public safety event Saturday at Salisbury High School sponsored by state Rep. Jeanne McNeill, Fountain Hill and Salisbury Township. Read more

 

Lease a pet? Local reps produce legislation to end practice
Sep 17, 2018

Reps. Madden, McNeill propose animal rights legislation
Sep 13, 2018

BAD PAYMENT PLAN: Legislators Looking To Ban Predatory Lease-To-Own Pet Agreements
Sep 13, 2018

Legislation Against 'Pet Leasing' Proposed for Pennsylvania
Sep 13, 2018

State representatives trying to ban pet leasing in Pennsylvania
Sep 13, 2018

State representatives introduce legislation that makes 'pet leasing' illegal
Sep 13, 2018

Banning Pet Leasing
Sep 12, 2018

Reps. Madden, McNeill propose animal rights legislation
Sep 12, 2018

McNeill Connecting Area Residents with Good Jobs
Sep 07, 2018

Madden, McNeill to hold news conference on pet leasing bill Sept. 12 in Stroudsburg
Sep 07, 2018

Schweyer, Schlossberg and McNeill to co-host Sept. 6 government jobs fair in Allentown
Aug 21, 2018

McNeill announces new funding for Crane Iron Works Site Revitalization in Lehigh County
Aug 15, 2018

McNeill: Pennsylvanians with Pre-Existing Conditions Need Coverage
Jul 25, 2018

Rep McNeill, House Policy Committee examine human services for the disabled community in Pennsylvania
Jul 24, 2018

McNeill tours Coplay Aggregates Quarry
Jul 20, 2018

Rep. McNeill to host public hearing on human services for the disabled community Tuesday in Bethlehem
Jul 19, 2018

McNeill: Unions will remain strong despite Supreme Court decision
Jun 27, 2018

Education funding increase brings budget ‘yes’ vote from McNeill
Jun 20, 2018

McNeill reaches out to DEP regarding Whitehall dumping issue
Jun 13, 2018

Free shredding event planned by McNeill on Saturday
Jun 11, 2018