Welcome to another edition of First District
Connection. I have information to share
about several topics:
Senator Farnese to
Hold Hearings to Investigate DNA Backlog
Success is Important
Philadelphia Police Mounted Patrol Unit
Sen. Larry Farnese
Farnese to Hold Hearings to Investigate
Senator Farnese will hold hearings in
Philadelphia to hear testimony about the
State Police backlog in DNA testing and
to recommend DNA testing when inmates
enter prison instead of when they are
Senator Farnese, a member of the
Judiciary Committee, called for the
hearings following the arrest of a
suspect in the case of the Kensington
Strangler on the strength of a DNA
match. I then came to light that the
suspect’s DNA had been available since
October but had not been entered into
the database because of a two to three
The public had been vulnerable during
that time because the suspect remained
In terms of funding, Senator Farnese
wants to find out exactly where we are
and what we need to do to get to where
we need to be. Senator Farnese is
committed to the victims of crime and
their families as well as to the public
He is also asking the Corbett
administration to make increased funding
for DNA testing a top public-safety
More information about the hearings will
be available as soon as the date and
location are confirmed.
Click here to listen to Senator
Farnese's interivew with WPHT's Dom
Common Sense Gun Laws
Farnese remains committed to public
safety and common sense gun laws.
Senator Farnese supports extensive
background checks and will also
introduce several measures that will
strengthen gun safety laws and further
protect the public. The bills will:
convicted drug felons, including
juveniles, from possessing or
purchasing firearms to further
prevent straw purchases.
street sales of firearms by allowing
prosecutors to properly charge
buyers who purchase guns in illegal
street sales and equate the
penalties for illegal street sales
to those of illegal store sales.
Grading for Illegal Street Sales to
give the same grading to an illegal
street sale that is currently given
to an illegal store sale.
Possession by Those Convicted of
Possessing Guns with Obliterated
Serial Numbers so that street
sellers who alter or obliterate
serial numbers would be barred from
future possession or purchase of
Possession for defendants on bail
awaiting trial for violent offenses.
mandatory sentencing provision for
straw purchases of multiple firearms
Success is Important
The future of TastyKake is important to
our region for many reasons, and the
first reason is jobs.
There are more than 350 people who work
there every day, who make their livings
and support their families at TastyKake.
Those 350 people and their families are
first and foremost in my mind.
There are also the suppliers whose
livelihoods depend on TastyKake. The
ripple effect extends to suppliers of
flour, eggs, butter milk, cocoa spices
and flavorings, not to mention the
manufacturers of the machinery, parts
and equipment used for baking, all of
which defines TastyKake as vitally
important to our economy.
Despite the current financial
challenges, the company has consistently
generated annual gross sales of $280
million dollars. TastyKake is a true
Philadelphia success story, a
Philadelphia institution and part of the
fabric and culture of our city.
We hope that the company’s recent
financial reprieve results in another
100 years of success.
to listen to Senator Farnese's interview
with WPHT's Chris Stigall.
Legislative News---Senator Farnese Votes
to Allow Abortion Coverage
Senator Farnese voted to allow abortion
coverage from policies obtained through
health insurance exchanges that are to
begin in 2014.
However, the Senate Banking and
Insurance Committee voted to bar the
abortion coverage. No public hearing was
Last year's federal health care law
requires states to set up the exchanges
to provide a marketplace where small
businesses and individuals can buy
Senator Farnese agrees with reproductive
rights proponents who say that federal
law already restricts taxpayer funding
for abortion coverage, and that this
bill goes farther than federal law by
restricting abortion coverage in private
The bill now advances to the full
to Restore the Philadelphia Police
Mounted Patrol Unit
Fundraising continues to restore the
Philadelphia Police Mounted Patrol Unit.
Our goal is to have the Mounted Units
back on the streets this year.
Senator Farnese recently announced that
he has secured $100,000 in funding to
jumpstart the effort, but there is still
a long way to go.
Those who would like to join Senator
Farnese in restoring the Philadelphia
Police Mounted Patrol can visit the
Philadelphia Police Foundation website
Offices of State Senator