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Legislative Update

Protecting Net Neutrality in Pennsylvania

Without net neutrality, fair and equal access to the internet is threatened.

Senator Farnese Senate Floor Remarks on Net NeutralityWe live in a time where education and economics are heavily reliant on internet access. Net neutrality ensures that students are provided equal access by internet service providers to information necessary for their course work. Net neutrality ensures that small business and start-ups are receiving the chance of equal exposure on the internet as multi-national corporations. Without statewide net neutrality protections, there is no assurance that internet service providers (ISPs) will provide the same level of internet access to everyone, potentially hurting the education of our students and the growth of our small businesses.

I introduced Senate Bill 1033 last year to enforce net neutrality in Pennsylvania and this year I will continue that push with my colleague Representative Liz Fiedler as we work together on legislation in the Senate and House. With other states implementing legislation and executive orders to ensure that internet access remains equal for all, we can not allow Pennsylvania students and businesses to fall behind due to a lack of net neutrality protection. 

Click here for my full remarks on protecting net neutrality in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) Funding Opportunities

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) GrantsThe PCCD announced funding opportunities that are currently open.

  • 2019 Community Violence Prevention/Reduction
    • Amount announced $7,500,000
    • Closing date – February 7, 2019
    • Funding is available to municipalities (including counties), community-based organizations and institutes of higher education to increase access to quality trauma-informed support services and behavioral health systems, providing health services and intervention strategies by coordinating services provided, providing mentoring and other intervention models to children and families who have experiences trauma, fostering and promoting communication between school entities and community, or any program or model designed to reduce community violence.
  • 2018 Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program
    • Amount announced $1,197,563
    • Closing date – March 18, 2019
    • Funding is available to Pennsylvania counties working with the PCCD funded Opioid Overdose Reduction Technical Assistance Center at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy’s Program Evaluation and Research Unit to implement evidence-based programs consistent with Pennsylvania’s comprehensive response to the opioid epidemic and Pennsylvania Unified Coordination Group’s approach to related statewide initiatives


  • Endowment Act – Programs Assisting Victims
    • Amount announced - $1,200,000
    • Closing date – March 8, 2019
    • This funding announcement is specifically for part of Category 1, or providing programs or projects assisting the victims of sexual abuse. Funding under this category is limited to supporting new and innovative programs or projects. Examples include, but are not limited to:
      • Specific outreach targeting victims of child sexual abuse which are underserved/unserved, such as adult male survivors of child sexual abuse.
      • Developing a pilot telehealth/telemedicine project for rural counties.
      • Promotion of medical/mental health evaluations for victims.
      • Supporting CAC service coordination efforts.
      • Addressing commercial sexual exploitation of children (training, protocol development, collaboration, intervention, advocacy).
      • Supporting evidence-based programs to assist victims/survivors.
  • Paul Coverdell Opioid Related Improvements
    • Amount announced - $277,268
    • Closing date – March 29, 2019
    • This funding will support the development of strategies/protocols for the accreditation of forensic laboratories in Pennsylvania and/or the certification of forensic science specialists in an acceptable forensic science discipline that will target the opioid crisis.

For more information and applications, click here

Pennsylvania REAL ID

The Pennsylvania REAL ID will be available in March. PA residents can apply for pre-verification at their local Driver License Center. For more information and document requirements, click here.

Philadelphia School District Kindergarten Registration – Now Open!Philadelphia School District Kindergarten Registration – Now Open!

Do you know a child who will be 5 before September 1st? Philadelphia School District’s Kindergarten registration is now open. Children must be registered by May 31, 2019 for the upcoming school year.

For more information, click here.

LIHEAP Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Enrollment

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is currently accepting applications for the 2018-2019 season. If you or someone you may know needs help with their heating bill, you may qualify for LIHEAP. Applications are accepted until April 12, 2019. For more information, questions, or help applying, please call or stop by my office for assistance. You can also visit the LIHEAP website by clicking here.

Upcoming Events

Black History MonthBlack History Month in Philadelphia – February 1-28, 2019

February his Black history month. Philadelphia is celebrating Black heritage, history, and culture throughout the city. Museums and cultural institutions across the city will celebrate with book discussions, musical tributes, tours, and special programing.

For more information and events in the area, click here.

Philadelphia Auto ShowPhiladelphia Auto Show – February 2-10, 2019

The annual Philadelphia Auto Show will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center until February 10, 2019. The 700,000 square-foot display will showcase more than 700 concept, classic, luxury, and exotic cars.

For more information and tickets, click here.

Reopening of the Galleries of Chinese Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of ArtThe Philadelphia Museum of Art reopened its impressive Galleries of Chinese Art on February 3rd, after renovations. This exhibit features more than 7,000 pieces including costumes, jade, sculptures, and furniture.

For more information and tickets, click here.

Queen Village Neighborhood Association – Spring Grant

QVINAQVNA's Community Grant Program provides funds that help improve the quality of life of Queen Village residents.  We accept grant requests for a wide range of projects and programs, such as enhancing parks, gardens, playgrounds, educational programs, neighborhood safety, clean & green projects, and historic preservation.

Eligibility:  Established groups of volunteers, “Friends of” groups, community gardens, schools, facilities and organizations that impact Queen Village and its residents.
Evaluation Criteria:  The QVNA Grants Committee evaluates applications based on the:

  1. Degree to which the proposed project meets a community need;
  2. Clarity of the project description;
  3. Budget detail that reflects well-defined needs and reasonable costs; and
  4. Capacity of applicant organization to complete the project.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2019 at noon. 

Recipients of Spring Grants will be announced at QVNA's May 2019 Community Meeting.

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Offices of State Senator Larry Farnese | Contact Me
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Philadelphia, PA 19145
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