HARRISBURG – January 22, 2015 – Pennsylvanians who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered would be protected under the state’s hate crimes law if a bill that Sen. Larry Farnese has reintroduced becomes law. Senate Bill 96 looks to re-enact Title 18 language that would extend the definition of a hate crime to extend protection […]

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PHILADELPHIA – January 16, 2015 – With seven state Senate committee assignments and a leadership role in one of them, state Sen. Larry Farnese said today he expects to influence many bills that affect Pennsylvanians during the 2015-2016 legislative session. Fighting to eliminate frivolous lawsuits, reinstituting hate crime protections, delivering common sense gun solutions, and […]

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PHILADELPHIA – December 15, 2014 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) received the Bob Brady Working Class Hero award this weekend for his diligent work towards saving and growing jobs. Farnese received the award during the 3rd Annual United Steelworkers (USW) Local 10-1 Jim McHugh Memorial Awards Night and Celebration Dinner. “From the first time I […]

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PHILADELPHIA – December 10, 2014 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today said that the residents in the 1st Senatorial District will soon be able to enjoy a more exciting Gallery at Market East and a more energy efficient Academy of Music thanks to $4 million in grants from the commonwealth. “If you’ve recently walked east […]

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PHILADELPHIA –  November 12, 2014 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) today was elected by his fellow Democratic senators to be the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus’ new secretary. “It’s an honor to be voted onto the Democratic caucus’ leadership team by my fellow senators,” said Farnese. “I’m looking forward to serving the caucus to the […]

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PHILADELPHIA, November 10, 2014 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) and a delegation of Philadelphia’s federal, state and municipally elected officials, in addition to CeaseFire PA and the mayor of Lancaster, announced today that they are challenging the constitutionally of Act 192 in court.

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PHILADELPHIA − October 21, 2014 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) said residents in the 1st Senatorial District will soon be able to enjoy greener pathways and an iconic public radio station will have a better broadcast facility with the approval today of $616,000 in grants from the commonwealth. “From our scenic trails to new greening projects […]

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HARRISBURG, Oct. 16, 2014 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today released the following statement after Senate Republicans voted to amend and pass House Bill 80 to help the National Rifle Association: “It’s telling that Senate Republicans have decided to further the NRA’s agenda today by passing a specially crafted piece of legislation that would […]

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HARRISBURG, Oct. 6, 2014 — State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today released the following statement after the School Reform Commission voted to cancel the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers’ current contract with no advance notice to the teachers and families of the School District of Philadelphia: “The job of reforming the School District of Philadelphia and […]

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HARRISBURG, Sept. 24, 2014 — State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today released the following statement after Gov. Tom Corbett signed House Bill 1177, which enacts a cigarette tax to generate approximately $49 million annually for the School District of Philadelphia: “Gov. Corbett, on behalf of the children and families of the School District of Philadelphia, […]

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PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 23, 2014 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia), members of the Pennsylvania legislature’s Equality Caucus, Equality PA and advocates today urged the immediate adoption of legislation that would expand the commonwealth’s hate crime protections to include lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) citizens. While longtime proponents of equal protection for all Pennsylvania residents, […]

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HARRISBURG, Sept. 22, 2014 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today announced that his amendment making a woman’s access to life-saving breast cancer screenings and treatments less costly was successfully amended into Senate Bill 1432 by the Senate Appropriations Committee. “Without this amendment, women in Pennsylvania could still be forced to pay deductibles and co-payments […]

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PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 19, 2014 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) will hold a rally at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 23, in the Pennsylvania Capitol Rotunda to advocate for the passage of Senate Bill 42, legislation that would expand the commonwealth’s hate crime protection law to include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens. WHO:              Sen. […]

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Stakeholder and supporter rally in Capitol Tuesday, Sept. 23 PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 19, 2014 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today announced that he will hold a rally in the Pennsylvania Capitol to advocate for the passage of Senate Bill 42, legislation that would expand the commonwealth’s hate crime protections to include Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and […]

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HARRISBURG, Sept. 15, 2014 – As Philadelphia and many communities throughout the country prepare to mark Peace Day next week, state Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today urged residents to attend one of the many free events planned this week in the 1st Senatorial District. Farnese introduced a Senate resolution today to officially recognize Sept. 21 […]

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PHILADELPHIA (Sept. 10, 2014) – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today announced more than $4 million in Multimodal Transportation Fund and Alternative and Clean Energy Program Grants for the First Senatorial District of Pennsylvania. The grants, and projects they fund, will improve safety, transportation, the environment, and economic development. “It’s always nice to see state, […]

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Philadelphia, June 20, 2014 — 22-year-old Brandon Ruffin is facing Murder, Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault and other charges for the senseless shooting on August 1, 2014, on Etting Street, that claimed the life of 3-year-old Tynirah Borum.  Ruffin, a convicted felon who was scheduled for a premlinary hearing today, would have been behind bars at […]

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PHILADELPHIA, July 10, 2014 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today issued the following statement about Gov. Corbett’s morning press conference and the failure of the Republican leadership to work together to craft a sensible FY14-15 budget: “It’s good to see that Gov. Corbett finally decided to do something about the budget that has been […]

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