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Dear Neighbor, Sen. Farnese

It’s a pleasure to share another edition of “First District Connection” with you. Today, I’d like to:

  • Update you on my SLAPP Hearing;
  • Inform you about ALS Awareness Month;
  • Tell you about the free places to visit in Philadelphia; and
  • Remind you about the Craft Fair in Rittenhouse Square

As always, thank you for your support and please don’t hesitate to contact me or my staff if we can be of any assistance.

Staying Connected, 
Sen. Larry Farnese

SLAPP Update!

Last Thursday, members of the Senate Judiciary convened at the PA Bar Association to hear testimony regarding my bill, SB 1095, which would place much needed restraints on SLAPP suits. The hearing was standing-room only thanks to the abundant members of the community who came to support the bill.

SLAPPs or Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, are lawsuits designed to silence free speech. We heard testimony from legal professionals about the problems caused by SLAPPs and how my legislation will help prevent them.

Most threatened by SLAPPs are community groups.

“Thank you” for testifying to Steve Huntington (Crosstown Coalition), Joe Schiavo (Old City Civic Association), Matt Ruben (Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association), Joe Marino (Easy Passyunk Crossing Civic), Barbara Capozzi (Sports Stadium Neighborhood Association).

For more information about the legislation and for a video of the hearing go to:

Farnese Resolution Declares May as ‘ALS Awareness Month’ in Pennsylvania

ALS Awareness Month

The Pennsylvania Senate has unanimously adopted my resolution declaring May as “Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Awareness Month” throughout the commonwealth.

 ALS is best known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, but what we may not know is how ALS affects the body of those suffering from this fatal neurodegenerative disease.

The ALS Association in Pennsylvania supports people diagnosed with ALS from as young as 20 years old to as old as 95 years old. The ALS Association also supports more than 1,000 Pennsylvanians with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

The group’s multidisciplinary clinics support ALS patients and can be found in every region of Pennsylvania. The association also provides services such as in-home care, wheelchairs, home ramping, support groups, education programs, communication devices, and van transportation.

I am pleased to support those Pennsylvanians who suffer from this terrible disease, and I urge my colleagues in the Senate to support continued funding for research and services for ALS, and to support educating others about this disease. (IMAGE: picture I am sending separately)

Independence HallPopular Places to Visit; No Admission Required

Tree Philly Tree Philly Now that the weather is warmer and we can get outdoors, it is a good time to visit our wonderful Philadelphia attractions. Did you know admission to many of these places is free? Independence Hall, The Fireman’s Hall Museum, Edgar Allen Poe’s House and more.

Also the Philadelphia Art Museum and the Barnes are free or pay-as-you-wish on the first Sunday of the month. Visit to find out more.

Craft Fair in Rittenhouse Square

PA   Guild of CraftsmenThe Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen returns to Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square with its third annual fine craft fair Mother’s Day weekend, May 9, 10 & 11.

Through a partnership with Friends of Rittenhouse Square and in conjunction with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, this event brings 145 fine craftsmen from across the country and Canada to downtown Philadelphia. Come enjoy this free event under the beautiful trees in Rittenhouse Square.

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Offices of State Senator Larry Farnese
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Philadelphia, PA 19145
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