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October 30, 2019: Senator Farnese and fellow lawmakers are marking the first anniversary of the shootings at a Pittsburgh synagogue by introducing legislation dealing with hate crimes in the state.
May 6, 2019: Legislators and activists gathered in Harrisburg to call for updates to Pennsylvania law that would extend anti-discrimination and hate crime protection to LGBTQ Pennsylvanians. Senator Farnese is prime sponsor of two of these bills.
March 26, 2019: Senator Farnese joined with fellow Democrats in the Senate and the House to introduce a package of bills designed to protect Pennsylvania workers from workplace harassment.
April 5, 2018: Senator Farnese joined Governor Tom Wolf and fellow lawmakers to introduce legislation to combat sexual harassment. His anti-discrimination legislation, Senate Bill 613, would expand the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act by prohibiting discrimination against LGBTQ individuals in employment, public housing and accommodation.
January 24, 2018: Recently the Federal Communications Commission voted to get rid of net neutrality, which would allow internet service providers to charge more for certain services. Senator Farnese has introduced legislation that would make sure the state stays net neutral.
November 15, 2017: Senator Farnese reminds Pennsylvanians that they can still sign up for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act website (Healthcare.gov) — or modify an existing policy — but the time to do so is limited.
October 24, 2017: The law providing protection against hate crimes for certain groups in Pennsylvania hasn’t been updated in more than 10 years. Senator Farnese has introduced legislation to change that.
October 3, 2017: Senator Farnese urges everyone to help the victims of this summer’s hurricanes, but warns that you shouldn’t become a victim yourself.
September 13, 2017: Senator Farnese says his legislation to end a statewide problem concerning frivolous and destructive lawsuits against community activists needs quick action from the House.
July 5, 2017: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Farnese passes on tips from the PA Department of Health about how to deal with ticks this summer.
June 29, 2017: Senator Farnese comments on Senate passage of Senate Bill 529, bipartisan legislation that will provide for automatic sealing of criminal records for minor offenses.
June 29, 2017: The Pennsylvania Senate approved a bill (Senate Bill 383) by a 28-22 vote that will allow school employees to have guns on school grounds. Senator Farnese was a no vote, and he explains why.
February 6, 2017: There are thousands of African-American citizens from Pennsylvania who have made a difference, large and small, both here in the Commonwealth and in the United States. Senator Farnese recognizes their accomplishments during Black History Month.
January 18, 2017: Pennsylvania Moment: Winter weather can cause hazards and delays for drivers on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Senator Farnese advises you to be prepared by checking Turnpike conditions before you head out.
January 17, 2017: Senator Farnese announced a $1.5 million state investment in Philadelphia’s Mazzoni Center, which will provide health care services for members of the LGBTQ community.
December 1, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Farnese suggests making a donation to your local food bank as one way to make this a happy holiday season for all.
November 2, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: Registration has opened for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Senator Farnese says the LIHEAP program is designed to help low-income Pennsylvanians pay for heat this winter and get needed repairs to furnaces and other heating equipment.
September 21, 2016: Senator Farnese speaks on the Senate floor as he introduces a Resolution marking September 21st as International Day of Peace in the Commonwealth.
September 2, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: The deadline to register to vote in this November’s Presidential election is October 11th. Senator Farnese reminds state residents that they can now register online to vote (register.votespa.com).
August 5, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Farnese reminds drivers to watch out for highway workers, police and emergency personnel who may be on the shoulder of the road.
June 23, 2016: On the floor of the Senate, Senator Farnese says he’s grateful that Senate Bill 1307 passed through committee and is heading to the full Senate for a vote. The bill would amend the state’s Human Relations Act to prohibit discrimination against people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. But the Senator adds there’s more to do to fully integrate the LGBT community in Pennsylvania.
June 22, 2016: At a State Capitol rally today held by Equality PA, the commonwealth’s leading organization advancing equality and opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Pennsylvanians, Senator Farnese strongly voiced support for comprehensive non-discrimination legislation in the area of employment, housing, and public accommodations. Here are the senator’s remarks:
June 13, 2016: In remarks on the Senate Floor today, Senator Farnese voiced his support for the victims of the Orlando shooting this past weekend, a tragedy, he says, that just doesn’t make sense. Here are the senator’s remarks:
June 13, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: With summer coming, more bicycles will be on Pennsylvania roadways. Senator Farnese has safety tips for motorists and bicyclists on how to share the road.
May 25, 2016: A state Senate panel is looking into the effectiveness and best use of peer youth courts in Pennsylvania that adjudicate cases such as school infractions and minor criminal offenses. Here’s more with Senator Farnese, a strong supporter of youth courts.
May 16, 2016: The Pennsylvania Senate has adopted a resolution designating May as “ALS Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania. Here’s more with Senator Farnese, sponsor of the resolution, on what is commonly referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”
May 6, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: May 30th is Memorial Day, and May 21st is Armed Forces Day. Senator Farnese says veterans, their families and survivors should check and make sure they are receiving all of the benefits to which they’re entitled.
May 6, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: May is national Pet Month. Senator Farnese says one of the best things you can do for your dog is get a license.
April 6, 2016: April is AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH in Pennsylvania. Senator Farnese says state law requires insurance coverage for autism treatment, and there’s a website listing the services offered to help those with autism.
April 6, 2016: April is SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH in Pennsylvania. Senator Farnese says there’s a statewide campaign, “It’s On Us, Pennsylvania,” designed to call attention to and stop sexual assault, especially on college campuses.
March 22, 2016: In remarks on the Senate Floor today, Senator Farnese commended those state legislators and Gov. Wolf for working on government reform measures but said the major reform issue facing the state is campaign finance reform. Here’s more with Senator Farnese.
March 17, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Farnese says one of the best ways for people to help their communities is to volunteer as a firefighter or emergency responder.
February 10, 2016: The Pennsylvania Senate today failed to approve a Senate Resolution that would have directed Gov. Wolf to remove Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane from office under section 7 of Article VI of the Pennsylvania Constitution. A two-thirds vote of the Senate was needed to adopt the resolution but it fell four votes short. Here’s more with Senator Farnese who opposed the resolution.
February 10, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: Time for parents and students to begin the process of applying for college loans and grants. Senator Farnese says Pennsylvania’s Higher Education Assistance Agency can help.
February 1, 2016: Black History Month Moment with Senator Farnese.
January 27, 2016: In remarks on the Senate Floor, Senator Farnese talked about his legislation that’s intended to protect reproductive health care clinic patients and employees. Here’s more with the Philadelphia lawmaker on Senate Bill 1105 which is now before the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration.
January 15, 2016: Legislation has been introduced in Harrisburg to help protect patients and employees at reproductive health care clinics in Pennsylvania. Here’s more with Senator Farnese, the bill’s sponsor, and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
January 13, 2016: In view of last week’s shooting of a Philadelphia police officer while on patrol in his car, Senator Farnese is renewing his call for legislation that would require lost or stolen guns to be reported to law enforcement officials. Here’s more with Senator Farnese, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who says common sense gun laws are needed in Pennsylvania.
January 8, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Farnese says Pennsylvanians who need health insurance have a new affordable option: the Health Choices program.