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Legislative Update

Net Neutrality

With the FCC’s Net Neutrality ruling officially going into effect on June 11, it is important that we continue to fight for an open and fair internet. The California Senate just passed Senate Bill 822, which would require companies to treat all internet traffic equally. As that bill awaits a vote in the California State Assembly, it is a strong start in the fight to protect the internet. In January, I introduced a similar bill in the Pennsylvania Senate, SB 1033, which would prevent companies from engaging in Paid prioritization and prohibit blocking of any lawful content. This bill is currently in the Communications and Technology Committee. To find out more information about this bill and how it protects internet consumers click here or contact my office.

Net Neutrality Legislation

Summer Newsletter

My annual Newsletter will be sent to households around the 1st Senatorial District in the coming weeks. The Newsletter will provide everyone an opportunity to see some of the great things that are going on in our community and legislation that I am currently working on. If you do not receive a Newsletter, you will be able to pick one up in my District Office in early July.

Special Purpose meetingPennDOT to Host Meeting on June 20th

PennDOT will hold a Special Purpose meeting to present a construction overview of upcoming construction to improve Richmond Street between Ann Street and Westmoreland Street.

Wedensday, June 20, 2018
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Lithuanian Music Hall
2715 E. Allegheny Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19134

Everyone is welcome. Individuals with special needs or for more information, please call Pamela Conti at 215-209-1249 or email

Click here to download flyer.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate

Governor Wolf has announced that the applications for Property Tax/Rent Rebates have been extended from June 30 to December 31, 2018. The forms for this program are available in my district office.

More information on this great program and who is eligible can be found here.

Upcoming Events

Opening of Rail Park – June 14, 2018

Opening of Rail Park Opening of Rail Park The first phase of Rail Park will open on Thursday, June 14, 2018. This elevated park and recreational pathway will stretch a quarter-mile from Broad and Noble Streets, up to the Reading Viaduct overhead, and ending above the 1100 block of Callowhill Street. This new urban greenspace features many luxurious plants and trees, public art by local artists, plenty of gathering spaces, bench-style swings, and first-rate elevated city views.

For more information, click here.

Old City Eats Old City Eats – Kick off Party – June 21, 2018

Old City District welcomes back Old City Eats for the third summer, kicking off on June 21, 2018. This showcase runs every Thursday from 5-8pm through August 31, 2018. Participating restaurants and bars will offer half-priced small plate and drink specials. Old City Eats will kick off with a block parting on June 21st from 5-9pm at 2nd and Market Streets.

For more information and a list of participating restaurants, click here.

Reading Terminal MarketCaribbean Day at Reading Terminal Market – June 23, 2018

Reading Terminal Market will be holding Caribbean Day on June 23rd from 10am-2pm. The festivities will include Caribbean cooking demonstrations and music performances.

For more information, click here.

Philadelphia Irish Festival – June 24, 2018

The Philadelphia Irish Festival at Penn’s Landing, originally on June 3rd, has been rescheduled for June 24, 2018 from Noon to 7pm. This is part of the annual PECO Multicultural Series of summer festivals. This festival brings a day full of traditional Irish dance performances, vendor shopping, and Irish cuisine.

For more information, click here.

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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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