Happy New Year! I hope you had an enjoyable holiday season and are ready to tackle 2013.
In preparation for the new session I’m finalizing my legislative strategy, which includes common sense gun legislation. Later this month, I’m going to submit a bill that bans assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. I’m also planning to re-introduce legislation that would close the Florida Loophole; set a mandatory, minimum sentence for carrying an illegal firearm; temporarily bar someone who has been charged with a violent felony from purchasing or possessing a firearm; and correct sentencing differences between adults and juveniles for serious offenses to greatly reduce firearm straw purchases.
I’m also monitoring how Philadelphia’s second casino license will be awarded since all proposed locations are in my District. Late last year, I sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board calling for a fair, open and thorough process. Simply put, I want the best site and operator for Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and our neighborhoods. The Board’s first hearing will take place on Feb. 12 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center at 9 a.m.
In the coming weeks I’ll continue to keep you informed about the progress of my legislation and what happens with the second casino license, and before I close today I’d like to tell you about how you can:
- Tell the School District of Philadelphia what you think of their school consolidation/Facilities Master Plan
- Easily recycle your Christmas Tree; and
- Take advantage of LIHEAP.
As always, thank you for your support and, on behalf of my entire team and I, may you and yours have a safe, happy and successful 2013.
Sen. Larry Farnese
Make Your Voice Heard: Some Philadelphia Schools May Be Closing
This month the School District of Philadelphia will hold nine community meetings about their new Facilities Master Plan, a roadmap for consolidation and new facility usage. If you are interested in attending please visit www.philasd.org/fmp for more information and an up-to-date meeting schedule.
Christmas Tree Recycling Has Begun
The City of Philadelphia is once again offering Christmas Tree recycling, but not curb side. If you want to recycle your tree you will need to take it to one of the City’s Sanitation Convenience Centers: 63rd Street, Domino Lane or State Road from Jan. 7 through Jan. 19. For more information and hours of operation visit: www.philadelphiastreets.com.
Help Yourself – Get Free Money From LIHEAP
The federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is still accepting applications. So, if you think that you will have trouble paying your energy bills, submit your application right away. For more information, contact Pennsylvania’s LIHEAP hotline at 866-857-7095, Monday through Friday (individuals with hearing impairments can call the TDD number at 1-800-451-5886).