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Legislative Update

Farnese Calls for Action on Anti-Discrimination LegislationLast week, I joined Governor Tom Wolf and my Democratic colleagues to announce a legislative package that would combat workplace discrimination and harassment. I am proud to have sponsored two bills in this package.  

Senate Bill 613, the PA Fairness Act, is my anti-discrimination bill.  If enacted, the legislation would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression in housing, employment and public accommodations.

My second legislative piece of the package would expand the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act to give victims more time to file claims, access to a jury of their peers, punitive damages and attorney’s fees.

This package of bills will provide victims and advocates the tools and protections they need to demand justice and equality. I hope my colleagues in Harrisburg will understand the importance of these measures and quickly move them through the legislative process.

You can watch the press conference here

Upcoming Events in District

Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia – April 7-15, 2018

Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater PhiladelphiaThe annual Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival will be held on April 7 - April 15 to mark the beginning of spring and the blooming of the cherry blossom trees. This celebration takes place in various locations, including Center City, Fairmount Park, Chestnut Hill, and the Main Line.  The primary day of celebration will occur on Sakura Sunday, April 15, at the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park. Philadelphians will have the opportunity to experience and appreciate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture during this week-long festival.

For more information, click here.

Pathways to Pardons Pathways to Pardons – April 19, 2018

On Thursday, April 19 from 6 – 8 p.m., Lt. Governor Mike Stack and I will be hosting a Pathways to Pardons town hall event in Room C2-28 of the Community College of Philadelphia, Center for Business and Industry, located at 1751 Callowhill Street in Philadelphia, PA.

This event is geared toward individuals who want to learn about our commonwealth’s pardoning process.  Bad choices that have led to misdemeanors or felony convictions do not have to ruin the rest of a person’s life.  Individuals may qualify for pardons, if they have fulfilled their punishments, rehabilitated themselves and become contributing members of their community and society.  The Pathways to Pardons event will explain how to obtain a pardon and offer input from experts on what to expect during this process.

To RSVP for this event, email or contact Senator Farnese’s District office at 215-952-3121.

The Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show – April 20-22, 2018

The Philadelphia Antiques & Art ShowThe Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show is celebrating its 55th year as one of America’s leading shows. 60 dealers, offering a wide array of furnishings, decorative arts and fine arts, will be showcased. A preview party and fundraiser will be held on Thursday, April 19th, to kick off the 3-day show.

For more information on tickets and special events, click here.

Community Meeting

Girard Estate Neighbors Association Meeting – Wednesday, April 25th at 7 PM

The Abbey facility
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Trinity
2336 South 18th St., Philadelphia, PA

Guest Speakers:

  • State Representative Maria Donatucci
  • Nicholas Esposito, Philadelphia Zero Waste Initiative
  • Officer Thomas Tolstoy, Community Relations Officer, First PD

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Offices of State Senator Larry Farnese | Contact Me
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
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