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 . 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 . 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


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