HARRISBURG – June 10, 2020 – Today, members of the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus announced plans for a comprehensive package of legislation to reform policing in Pennsylvania. Two years ago, members of the caucus introduced police and community relations reform bills in the wake of Antwon Rose’s death, but those bills did not move. George […]

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PHILADELPHIA, June 5, 2020 − Seven more businesses in Pennsylvania’s 1st Senate District have been approved for funding under the state’s program for COVID-19 recovery, bringing the total to 27, state Sen. Larry Farnese announced today. More than $2 million has been awarded to SD1 businesses since the state approved $61 million in emergency funding […]

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HARRISBURG, May 28, 2020  – State Sen. Larry Farnese released the following statement regarding his “no” vote today on the General Appropriations Bill: “Last June, I voted against the state budget agreement because it lacked a commitment to remediate the dangerous and unhealthy conditions inside Philadelphia’s aging public schools, including asbestos, lead, and mold. “Over the past […]

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Harrisburg, May 7, 2020 − At the request of state Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) the Senate Democratic Policy Committee held an online hearing to study the impact of overzealous and unsafe construction in Philadelphia’s burgeoning neighborhoods. “The city’s iconic neighborhoods are seeing a redevelopment boom that has stirred mixed feelings among both longtime residents and […]

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State Senator Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) will co-chair an online Senate Democratic Policy Committee hearing this Thursday to learn more about the impact of unsafe construction methods by untrained and inexperienced developers. “Philadelphia’s iconic neighborhoods are seeing a redevelopment boom that has stirred mixed feelings among long-time residents,” Farnese said. “In addition to worries about gentrification, […]

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HARRISBURG, April 8, 2020  – With the legislature’s majority focused on redundant oversight and scaling back mitigation efforts, state Sen. Larry Farnese and Rep. Joe Hohenstein today introduced their bills to provide emergency paid sick leave for Pennsylvania workers affected by the coronavirus outbreak. “Our response to this crisis must be focused on workers and […]

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Harrisburg, PA − April 8, 2020 − The Senate adjourned Tuesday afternoon after the House Republicans indicated they would not be taking up Senate Bill 841, legislation that would have enabled local municipalities to hold their meetings remotely, permitted e-notary use; lengthened the time period a property tax payer can receive an early payment discount […]

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PITTSBURGH, April 2, 2020 – Alarmed by disturbing warnings that racist attacks on Asian Americans are increasing in Pennsylvania and across America during the coronavirus crisis, a group of Pennsylvania lawmakers, the Pennsylvania State Police and other stakeholders today held a press conference to alert the public and to urge vigilance against this rising evil.

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Philadelphia, PA − March 20, 2020 − State Senator Larry Farnese, along with Mayor Jim Kenney, State Rep. Maria Donatucci and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson released the following statement: “We stand with the more than 600 -32BJ contracted airport workers from the Philadelphia International Airport laid off due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.  These workers are skycaps, […]

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PHILADELPHIA, March 17, 2020 – With the federal response still clouded by politics, state Sen. Larry Farnese and Rep. Joe Hohenstein will introduce state legislation to provide emergency paid sick leave for Pennsylvania workers affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and response. “While drastic action was necessary to stem the spread of this dangerous virus, equally […]

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Harrisburg – March 11, 2020 – Sen. Larry Farnese (D- Philadelphia) today announced the award of $543,427 in grant money for the for the 1st Senate District. A total of $455,927 in state grant money was awarded to bolster security for 10 nonprofits, as well as $87,500 from the Bryne Justice Assistance Grant. “The Nonprofit Security […]

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PHILADELPHIA − February 26, 2020 −State Sen. Larry Farnese today released the following statement on Safehouse’s sudden decision to site a facility in South Philadelphia: “If Safehouse intends to operate their facilities the same way they conducted their siting process, we cannot allow it in South Philly and we should not allow it anywhere in Pennsylvania. […]

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    Harrisburg, PA − February 4, 2020 − State Sen. Larry Farnese released the following statement regarding today’s 2020-21 budget address by Gov. Tom Wolf: “In his budget address today, Gov. Wolf stood up for two top priorities in my district. “His $1 billion plan for ending the plague of toxic schools is a […]

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PHILADELPHIA − January 23, 2020 − With the help of a state grant, dairy processing will make a return to a historic Philadelphia facility, state Sen. Larry Farnese announced today. Pennsylvania’s Dairy Investment Program awarded Perrystead Dairy LLC $126,039 to  help restore the former Harbison’s Dairy in Kensington to serve the growing need for high-end milk […]

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Philadelphia – January 9, 2020 – At the request of state Sen. Larry Farnese (D- Philadelphia), the Senate Democratic Policy Committee today co-hosted a hearing with state Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler (D- Philadelphia) on net neutrality legislation in Pennsylvania. “Protecting net neutrality means protecting consumers from internet providers trying to control what and how people can […]

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Harrisburg, PA – December 17, 2019 – Philadelphia’s historic district will become more cyclist and pedestrian friendly through $1.5 million in new state funding for bike lanes and intersection improvements, state Sen. Larry Farnese announced today. “For me, transforming Philadelphia into a 21st century city that welcomes bicycles and foot traffic has been a priority,” […]

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Harrisburg – December 17, 2019 – State Sen. Larry Farnese, a long-time advocate for Philadelphia’s cyclists and pedestrians, has been appointed to the Senate Transportation Committee, Senate leadership announced today. “I think we are overdue in rethinking the way we do transportation in Pennsylvania and I’m excited for the opportunity,” Farnese said. “For too long, […]

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