Because of the snow, my district office is closed today. My team and I hope to resume our regular business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) on Wednesday, but before you head out to visit us, please call the office, 215-952-3121, to make sure we’ve reopened.
Today I’d like to give you some information about:
- My legislation to protect LGBT Pennsylvanians;
- Winter weather tips; and
- Applying for LIHEAP.
Thank you for everything and stay safe today.
Sen. Larry Farnese
Protecting LGBT Pennsylvanians
I have reintroduced a bill that, if passed, would protect Pennsylvania’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered citizens under the state’s hate crimes law.
Senate Bill 96 looks to re-enact Title 18 language that would extend the definition of a hate crime to include “ancestry, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity.” A previous law that included this language was overturned by the courts because of the way the law was adopted.
The law currently defines ethnic intimidation as “malicious intention toward the race, color, religion or national origin of another individual.”
Sen. Anthony H. Williams is a co-prime sponsor with me because he believes, as I do, that not extending protection under the ethnic intimidation clause is an injustice.
Winter Weather Tips
There is nothing better than being prepared, especially when you are out in winter weather. So, if you want to learn more about the city’s snow response efforts, need some driving tips or are looking for emergency snow storm information visit the City of Philadelphia’s Streets Department.
Apply for LIHEAP
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is still accepting applications, but there is a limited amount of money available so make sure you apply right away. Here are this year’s eligibility requirements:
For each additional person in the home add $6,090.
Call us at 215-952-3121 for more information or if you need help filling out your application. You can also call Pennsylvania’s LIHEAP hotline at 866-857-7095 (individuals with hearing impairments can call the TDD number at 1-800-451-5886).
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