I hope you and yours had a safe and restful holiday weekend. Today I’d like to tell you about:
- How you can honor our veterans;
- New legislation I’m proposing to protect our civic and community groups;
- Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation Grants;
- Philadelphia’s newest park; and
- Peace Day Philly.
As always, thank you for your support and feel free to contact my staff or me if we can be of any assistance.
Have a great week,
Sen. Larry Farnese
Honor Your Vet with a Commemorative Plate
Did you know that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation issues Honoring our Veterans license plates for passenger cars and light trucks? The plate, featuring a bald eagle and the American flag, is available for $35 and supports the state’s Veteran’s Trust Fund. For more information visit www.dot.state.pa.us.
Protecting Our Civic and Community Associations
I’m introducing legislation to protect groups that are the subject of SLAPPs, or Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation. These lawsuits deter critics by burdening them with the cost of mounting a legal defense. So, I have a bill that will allow those who are wrongfully sued to more easily dismiss a case or recover attorney fees if they win the lawsuit.
Twenty-seven states and the Territory of Guam have already passed anti-SLAPP legislation. In 2000, Pennsylvania passed limited anti-SLAPP legislation that applies only to environmental law and regulatory processes.
Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation Grants
The Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation grant program supports nonprofit organizations doing high-need projects such as building renovations/upgrades, grounds improvements, technology upgrades and safety improvements. The grants generally range from $5,000 to $25,000 and the second funding cycle for this year will run from June 1 to July 30. Visit http://responsibility.lowes.com/community-relations/ to take the eligibility test and to learn more about the program.
The Skate Park is Open
Former Governor Rendell, Mayor Nutter, Council President Clark, several other elected officials and I cut the ribbon for the Franklin Paine Skatepark; the city’s newest park. The facility is a mixed-use public space, centrally located along the banks of the Schuylkill River and adjacent to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, that was funded with state and city money, individual contributions and a grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation.
Get Ready for Peace Day
Mark your calendar for Peace Day Philly, a worldwide day of ceasefire and non-violence on Sept. 21. This year's global Peace Day theme is Education for Peace. For more information and a schedule of the Peace Day Philly activities visit www.peacedayphilly.org. Don’t forget to like and follow the events on Facebook and Twitter (@peacedayphilly).
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