Bill Addresses Infestations in Multi-Unit Buildings and Hotels Harrisburg – April 1, 2011—-Senator Farnese today announced that he has introduced Senate Bill 908, a free-standing act that will address the growing health concerns regarding bed bug infestations in multi-unit buildings and hotels. “Bedbugs are a public nuisance, and it is a matter of public welfare […]

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Harrisburg, March 25, 2011 – Senator Larry Farnese today joined Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, the families of officers killed in the line of duty, members of the Philadelphia Police Foundation and others to welcome the first five horses to the soon-to-be restored Philadelphia Police Mounted Unit.

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Legislation Would Change the Way Wine is Sold and Expand Consumer Choice March 22, 2011—Senator Larry Farnese today announced that he is seeking co-sponsors and will introduce legislation that will change the way wine is sold and expand consumer choice. Senator Farnese’s legislation would allow consumers in Pennsylvania to order wine by mail from anywhere […]

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The Public Must be Protected; Justice Must be Served March 22, 2011, Harrisburg—–Senator Larry Farnese today re-introduced two hit-and-run bills from the 2009-2010 Legislative Session, both of which strengthen the laws and increase the penalties for those who leave victims at the scene of car crashes. “We must stiffen the penalties for drivers who hit […]

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Substance Used as Cocaine Alternative; Leads to Extreme Violent Behavior March 21, 2011—Senator Larry Farnese today announced that he will introduce legislation that would ban substances commonly known as ‘bath salts.’ The legislation would add the following chemical compounds to Schedule I of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act: 3, 4—Methy-lenedioxymethcathinone (Methylone), 3, […]

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PHILADELPHIA—March 18, 2011—-At the request of Senator Larry Farnese, the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee today held a fact-finding hearing about the backlog of DNA testing and the use of DNA testing in criminal investigations. The hearing focused on finding solutions to reduce the backlog of DNA test results and on a bill that would change […]

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HARRISBURG, March 8, 2011 – Following Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget address where he laid out his $27.3 billion spending plan, State Senator Larry Farnese made the following statement: “I applaud the governor for his efforts to craft a balanced spending plan despite severe fiscal difficulties. We know what is at stake here – a $4 […]

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HARRISBURG, March 7, 2011 – State Sen. Larry Farnese will deliver the Senate Democratic Caucus’ response to Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget address on March 8. “I am honored to be chosen by my Senate Democratic colleagues to respond to Governor Corbett’s budget proposal,” Farnese said. “I believe it is important that everybody’s attention be focused […]

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No Need to Study or Review Current Laws Regarding Standards for Operating Dog Kennels March 2, 2011—Senator Larry Farnese today renewed his position for humane laws regarding puppy mills in Pennsylvania. “There is no need to spend taxpayer money to study or review the current law, which has already been voted on and enacted,” said […]

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Common- Sense Gun Laws Close ‘Florida Loophole,’ Protect the Public, Hold Criminals Accountable Harrisburg – February 18, 2011—-Senator Larry Farnese today introduced a four-part gun package to close the ‘Florida Loophole’ and further strengthen the laws and penalties to hold criminals accountable for gun crimes. “This four-point package emphasizes public safety by strengthening the laws […]

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HARRISBURG, February 14, 2011 – State Sen. Larry Farnese today called upon the members of the legislature to focus their attention to the immediate needs of Pennsylvanians. “We have been in session from six weeks now under a new governor and new leadership in the General Assembly, under some of the most difficult financial times […]

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Government’s First Duty is to Protect Its Citizens January 18, 2011—Senator Larry Farnese today called for hearings, increased funding for State Police DNA testing and DNA testing when inmates enter prison instead of when they are released. “Government’s first duty is to protect its citizens,” said Senator Farnese. Countless people could be hurt or killed […]

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Expansion is Right Direction for Region; Will Expand Jobs and Regional Commerce January 6, 2011—-State Senator Larry Farnese today said that he is pleased that the Federal Aviation Administration has approved plans to expand Philadelphia International Airport. “The expansion of the airport is the right direction for the Philadelphia region,” said Senator Farnese. “The airport […]

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November 29, 2010 — Senator Larry Farnese will not keep the automatic 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment that goes into effect Wednesday December 1, 2010. “Given today’s economy, I don’t think this is the right time for a salary increase,” said Senator Farnese. “Many people are out of work, retirees have gone two years without a […]

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November 4, 2010 —- Senator Larry Farnese today announced that he has secured $100,000 in funding for the restoration of the Philadelphia Police Mounted Unit. Senator Farnese joined Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, Mayor Michael Nutter and other officials at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School to announce a fundraising drive to bring back the Philadelphia […]

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Senator Farnese Ranks Highest on Environmental Scorecard November 1, 2010 —Sierra Club and Clean Water Action have named State Senator Larry Farnese an “Environmental Hero” for his support of bills and initiatives that protect the environment. “It is very important that we take very seriously our stewardship of the environment,” said Senator Farnese. “ We […]

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“Operation Touch of Home” Collects Soccer Balls and Pre-Paid Phone Cards to Send to our Troops Serving Around the World August 29, 2010 — State Senator Larry Farnese ‘tossed the coin’ prior to the Philadelphia Independence vs. Boston Breakers women’s professional soccer game at John A. Farrell Stadium in West Chester. The coin toss is […]

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Wall Project Addresses Residents’ Safety and Sound Concerns Philadelphia August 24, 2010 — State Senator Larry Farnese and Whitman Council President Mark Squilla today met at Front and Tasker sts. with PennDOT officials for an update on PennDOT’s sound and safety barrier project along elevated I-95 in South Philadelphia. “The issue here is safety as […]

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PHILADELPHIA, August 18, 2010 – – State Senator Larry Farnese today released the following statement in conjunction with today’s actions taken by the DRPA Board of Commissioners: “The actions taken by the DRPA board today to increase transparency and accountability are a necessary step to restore confidence to the commuters who pay bridge tolls and […]

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Op-ed By Larry Farnese Much has been written lately about mismanagement, waste, fraud, patronage, and political favoritism at the Delaware River Port Authority. But these revelations raise bigger questions: What exactly does the DRPA do? And how does management of port and transportation assets affect our economy and infrastructure? The DRPA operates four bridges linking […]

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