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Sen. FarneseOn September 15th the Pennsylvania legislature will reconvene, and in addition to fighting for every dollar that we can for the School District of Philadelphia, I’m hopeful that we will be able to see some progress on some of the legislation that I have drafted and am supporting:

  • Senate Bill 1095 – Prevents Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP) and allows those who are wrongfully sued by a SLAPP to more easily have their case thrown out of court and to recover attorney fees;
  • Senate Bill 801– Increases the mandatory minimum sentencing for illegally carrying a firearm in Philadelphia; and
  • Senate Bill 300 – Prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, and accommodations because of a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

I will keep you up to date on what happens in Harrisburg, and today I would like to tell you about:

  • Becoming a Philadelphia Police Officer;
  • They Call Me Arethusa;
  • Philadelphia’s new After School Activities Partnership widget; and
  • Peace Day.

As always, thank you for your support and feel free to call my District Office at 215-952-3121, e-mail me at, or visit 1802 S. Broad St., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. if you need anything.

Sen. Larry Farnese

PoliceBecome a Philadelphia Police Officer

It takes a special kind of person to become a Philadelphia Police Officer and to meet the challenges of doing an incredibly tough job well. If you think you are up to the task, applications are now being accepted. All police officer recruits receive high-quality classroom instruction and hands-on training. The position offers paid medical, prescription, dental, legal, and life insurance plans. For more information, visit or call 215-683-COPS.

Arethusa Arethusa They Call Me Arethusa

They Call me Arethusa, supported by Philadelphia FringeArts, is a show that tells real stories about domestic violence, interwoven with Southern Gothic style Greek myth performance poetry mash-ups. Think O Brother Where Art Thou performance poetry meets the docudrama power of Fires in the Mirror.

For more information, visit They Call Me Arethusa at or purchase tickets at

ASAP ASAP Philly’s New After-School Widget

The City of Philadelphia’s new After School Activities Partnership (ASAP) widget, which is now part of the Philly311 Mobile App, is available for free downloading on any iPhone, Android or Blackberry device. The widget will help you find safe and supervised after-school youth programming. For more information, visit

Peace Day Philly 2014: Sept. 21

Peace DayPeace Day Philly was founded in 2011 as a grassroots initiative to promote the United Nations International Day of Peace, or Peace Day. It will be celebrated across the world on September 21st and locally by over 50 organizations across the city and region. Once again this year my colleague Sen. Andrew Dinniman and I are proud to offer a Senate Resolution recognizing September 21st as the United Nations’ International Day of Peace.

To learn more about how you can get involved in Peace Day Philly, go to the “What Can You Do” section of or send an email to If you would like more information about the many peace activities that will take place from September 15th through the 21st please go to:

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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

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