Welcome to another edition of First District
Connection. I have information to share
about several topics:
- Call to Action to Support Mounted Patrol Unit
- Direct Wine Shipments Would Expand Consumer Choice
- Parking Zones for Motorcycles and Scooters
- Turnpike Commission Considers Cashless System
Sen. Larry Farnese
Call to Action to Support Mounted Patrol Unit
The recent assaults and attacks of several people in Center City illustrate the immediate need for the return of the Philadelphia Police Mounted Patrol Unit. I urge individuals and businesses to support the return of the Mounted Patrol, which is an excellent crime deterrent and an effective means of crowd control.
I first called for the return of the Mounted Patrol in March 2010 immediately following a series of swarming crowds in Center City that resulted in several arrests. In November I was pleased to secure $100,000 in state funding to jumpstart the fundraising effort to restore the Unit.
Financial support for the Mounted Unit is an ongoing effort of the Philadelphia Police Foundation. Those who would like to help restore the Philadelphia Police Mounted Patrol can visit the Philadelphia Police Foundation website at www.phillypolicefoundation.org. The Police Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the men and women of the Philadelphia Police Department by funding projects that are beyond the scope of the City budget.
Time is of the essence. Public safety must be our first priority.
Direct Wine Shipments Would Expand Consumer Choice
The Senate Law and Justice Committee held a public hearing today at 12:30 p.m. in Room 156 Main Capitol (the Majority Caucus Room). The hearing focused on the topic of wine shipping. There are two bills in the committee related to this topic: Senate Bill 790 and 886, which I sponsored.
I introduced Senate Bill 886 to change the way wine is sold and to expand consumer choice. This legislation would allow Pennsylvania residents to order wine from anywhere in the United States and have it shipped directly to their home.
Parking Zones for Motorcycles and Scooters
Pennsylvania Law prohibits motor vehicles from driving or parking on sidewalks. The Philadelphia Parking Authority has established parking zones to accommodate motorcycles and scooters in the area between Arch and Locust and Broad and 20th streets. Only motorcycles and scooters are permitted to park in these zones. Violators are subject to a $76 fine. For more information, please visit http://philapark.org/motorcycles-scooters.
Turnpike Commission Considers Cashless System
The Turnpike Commission is conducting a study to determine the feasibility of converting to a cashless, All-Electronic (AET) system. Several issues require further analysis, including billing options for cash customers and methods for increasing E-ZPass use.
The Commission wants input from the public and is a providing access to an online survey for cash customers to help identify concerns of those most affected by a possible conversion to AET system. You can access the survey through August 22 at www.paturnpike.com/aet.