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Dear Constituent, Sen. Farnese

State budget hearings have ended and now it is back to the business at hand in Harrisburg: making sure we work together to improve the quality of life in the 1st Senatorial District.

I am pleased to say that the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing at 9:30 a.m., April 24, at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., Philadelphia, to gather ideas and reaction to my anti-SLAPP legislation, Senate Bill 1095.

Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (“SLAPPs”) are often used against civic organizations and various groups to deter them from speaking out on a public issue. Their use means having to pay for the costs of an ongoing legal defense.

The threat of lawsuits and difficulty obtaining insurance coverage led to the disbanding of Old City Civic Association last year, after 40 years of service.  Many civic groups in the city are concerned that they could be similarly affected.  My legislation would allow those who are wrongfully sued to more easily have their case dismissed or recover attorneys’ fees.

This hearing was called by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery), and I want to thank him for giving you an opportunity to hear about the very serious effects of SLAPPs and what we can do to reverse the chilling effect these types of lawsuits have on our neighborhoods.

Please call my office with any questions you have on the legislation or the public hearing.

Sen. Larry Farnese

Cultural and Historical Support Grant Program - Application Deadline Approaching

MuseumTo help strengthen Pennsylvania’s museum community, the PA Historical and Museum Commission is accepting applications until March 14 from qualified museums and official county historical societies for a share of the $2 million cultural and historic support grant program.

Applications must be submitted through PHMC's eGrant application system and hardcopies of materials must be received by March 21.

To be eligible:

  • Museums must be located in Pennsylvania and have annual operating budgets exceeding $100,000 (excluding capital and in-kind services) and at least one full-time professional staff person, and

  • Official County Historical Societies must have operating budgets less than $300,000, and must apply as an Official County Historical Society. Official County Historical Societies with operating budgets in excess of $300,000 must apply as a museum.

As Spring Approaches, Thoughts of Baseball!

baseballThe National Museum of American Jewish History is opening an exhibit about baseball and immigrants coming to America, and it is called: Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American.

The exhibit will tie together the history of American sport and leisure and national identity with the story of Jewish immigration and integration into American life.

For many minority communities in this country, baseball has long served as a path to learning and understanding American values. Our national pastime represents a shared American identity, melding immigrants and natives.

The exhibit by National Museum of American Jewish History, at 5th and Market streets on Independence Mall, will run from March 13 to Oct. 26.

PennDot Fee Changes

PennDOT PennDOT Be prepared. Starting April 1, PennDOT will be increasing the following fees:

IDs -- from $13.50 to $27.50
Duplicate driver licenses and IDs -- $13.50 to $27.50
Certificates of title -- $22.50 to $50 (initial and duplicates)
Title security interest -- $5 to $23
Driver information -- $5 to $8
Vehicle information -- $5 to $8
Certified records -- $10 to $30
Manufacture/dealer notifications -- $3 to $5.

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Offices of State Senator Larry Farnese
1802 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145
Phone: 215-952-3121
Fax: 215-952-3155
543 Main Capitol | Box 203001
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3001
Phone: 717-787-5662
Fax: 717-787-4531