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Legislative Update

School Safety – SB 555 & 556

Senator Larry Farnese Floor Remarks on School Safety - WatchOn Tuesday, June 4, 2019 I spoke of the importance of funding our school infrastructure around the Commonwealth, especially in the City of Philadelphia. I am a supporter of Senate Bills 555 and 556, which are being introduced by my friend and colleague, Senator Vincent Hughes, to provide critical funding for our deteriorating school infrastructure. It is not safe for our students and teachers to be around lead paint chipping off the wall, lead pipes, and asbestos. Students are there to learn and should be protected from these types of toxic school structures. Find more about this important legislation, click here. For the full video of my remarks please visit my website.

Read to SucceedRead 2 Succeed Philadelphia

Students entering 1st through 3rd grade are invited to participated in the Read to Succeed Program from June 24th- July 18th (Mon.-Thurs.) at the Laura W. Waring School, locate at 1801 Green Street, Philadelphia PA 19130. Read to Succeed has partnered with the School District of Philadelphia to help engage students in literacy over the summer months with the goal of preventing the phenomenon known as the “Summer Slide.” Free breakfast and lunch will be provided.

To download the registration form, click here.

Please submit completed registration forms with recent report card via email to

Floor Remarks on PA’s Minimum Wage and LGBTQ Equality

Myself, along with my Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus colleges are fighting for several issues including a raise in minimum wage and equality for members for the LGBTQ community. On Wednesday, June 5, 2019 on the Senate floor, I spoke about these important issues. For the full video of my remark on raising minimum wage, click here and for my full remarks equality for members of the LGBTQ community, click here.

Gun Violence Rally – June 7, 2019

On Friday, June 7, 2019 I joined Governor Tom Wolf, Representative Movita Johnson-Harrell, Senator Vincent Hughes, Representative Malcom Kenyatta, CeaseFirePA, and other advocates to call for an end to Gun Violence. Let’s work together to pass common sense gun legislation and invest in our communities so that we can help keep Pennsylvania safe. To learn more about the legislation my colleagues and I are working on and how we are investing in our schools and communities to protect them from gun violence, click here.

Senator Larry Farnese, Governor Tom Wolf, Representative Movita Johnson-Harrell, Senator Vincent Hughes, Representative Malcom Kenyatta, CeaseFirePA, and other advocates

Senator Larry FarneseFederal Resource Fair

On Saturday, June 8, 2019 I had the opportunity to stop by Representative Dwight Evans’ Federal Resource Fair. This was a great opportunity for constituents and Veterans to find available resources and learn more about employment opportunities. It’s great when local and federal offices can work together to help our constituents. Thank you, Representative Evans, for hosting this event and for State Representative Elizabeth Fiedler for stopping by as well, and all the agencies that participated.

Philly Pride Parade and Festival

On Sunday, June 9, 2019 I had the honor of attending the Philly Pride Parade and Festival.  I’m honored every day to represent this district. Our city continues to lead the way and set an example for the rest of the nation. Let’s make Pride Month 2019 one to remember for generations to come. Call your State Legislators and tell them to pass Senate Bill 614 and put an end to legalized discrimination in our Commonwealth!

For more information on SB 614, click here.

Pictured from Left to Right (Mark Segal, State Rep. Mary Isaacson, Senator Larry Farnese, Senator Sharif Street, Governor Tom Wolf, State Rep. Malcom Kenyatta, Mayor Jim Kenney)

Pictured from Left to Right (Mark Segal, State Rep. Mary Isaacson, Senator Larry Farnese, Senator Sharif Street, Governor Tom Wolf, State Rep. Malcom Kenyatta, Mayor Jim Kenney)

Statement Regarding Independent Review of Allegations on Senator Daylin Leach

Several days ago, the Senate Democratic Caucus received a briefing on the investigation into allegations against Senator Daylin Leach.

After reflecting on what I learned, I am calling for State Senator Daylin Leach to resign due to his history of improper conduct and for the real harms his conduct has caused. I believe that victims deserve to be heard, believed, and their claims must be investigated thoroughly. They should not be subject to lawsuits, intimidation, or bullying.

Senator Leach’s misconduct goes beyond what he has been accused of in the media to include what he has done personally on social media and is trying to do through the courts. He has disrupted and sowed division inside and outside the Capitol.  For the good of victims of harassment, Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Senate, Senator Leach must resign.

Neighborhood Assistance Program Grant Funding

The Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) is now open with applications due Friday, June 28, 2019 at 5pm. The goals of the NAP are to promote community participation and collaborations among residents, non-profits and businesses while assisting distressed areas and low-income populations. For guidelines and applications, click here.

MTF ProgramGrants Now Available for Transportation Projects

Happy to announce that applications are being accepted now through July 31 for CFA Multimodal Transportation Fund grants. This program provides funding for projects that enhance transportation assets and promote economic development in our communities.

For more information, click here.

Property Tax/Rent Rebates Property Tax

Applications for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are now available for eligible Pennsylvanians to begin claiming rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2018. The deadline to apply for a rebate is June 30, 2019. For more information and details, please contact my district office at 215-952-3121 or click here.

PFT Healthy Schools Tracker App

Philadelphia Federation of TeachersThe Philadelphia Federation of Teachers has launched the PFT Healthy Schools Tracker Mobile App which is available for Android and iPhone. This app allows users to identify specific problems with building conditions in schools and includes the ability to submit photos. The app can be downloaded for FREE from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. For more information, click here.

Upcoming Events

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Free Fishing Meet-Ups at Walnut Street!

On Thursday, June 13th, as well as June 27th, July 11th and July 25th there will be regular fishing meetups at the Schuylkill Banks Park. These events are free with Fish and Boat staff bringing equipment and bait (however, participants may bring their own tackle). Participants are asked to register in advance. This would be a great opportunity for community engagement, if you can attend.

For more information, click here. Click on dates

Registration Links - Click below to register
June 13th June 27th July 11th July 25th

Philadelphia’s Stripes and Stars FestivalPhiladelphia’s Stripes and Stars Festival – Friday, June 14, 2019

Philadelphia’s Stripes and Stars Festival will take place on Friday, June 14th at various locations through Independence National Historical Park and Historical Philadelphia. This year’s festival commemorates the U.S. Army’s 244th anniversary and the American flag’s 242nd birthday. Events will include flag raising ceremonies, a patriotic parade, skydiving performances, and more. Most Stripes and Stars Festival events are free and open to the public.

For more information and details, click here.

Old City Eats Block Party – Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 5-9 p.m.Old City Eats Block Party

Old City Eats Block Party will kick off its after-work summer happy hour event series on Thursday, June 20th, in the Old City District. This is an evening long block party event held on 2nd street. Festivities will include refreshments from neighborhood restaurants and bars, live music and more. Old city Eats will run every Thursday night from June 20th through August 29th.

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
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