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Harrisburg University Unveils 38,000 Square Foot Location in Philadelphia

Philadelphia − December 8,2017 − Harrisburg University, along with Hussian College, unveiled a new, 38,000 square foot location to expand their Philadelphia campus. The expansion expands on the Philadelphia presence Harrisburg University has had for the past three years. Prior to…
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Farnese: $2.1 Million in State Financing Approved for Philadelphia Transportation Projects

Harrisburg – November 14, 2017 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) said today that $2.1 million in state grants were approved for six greenways and transportation-related projects in Center City and along the Delaware Waterfront in Philadelphia.  “The funding approved…
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State Senate Committee Discusses Ways to Prevent Street Harassment

Philadelphia – November 1, 2017 – At the request of state Sen. Lawrence Farnese (D-Phila.), the Senate Democratic Policy Committee today held a roundtable discussion at City Hall on strategies for preventing street harassment. “It is really important to have…
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State Senate Committee to Discuss Ways to Prevent Street Harassment

PHILADELPHIA, October 30, 2017 − At the request of Senator Lawrence Farnese (D-Phila.), the state Senate Democratic Policy Committee will hold a public roundtable discussion this Wednesday in Philadelphia on strategies for preventing street harassment. The hearing will be held this Wednesday,…
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Senator Farnese Applauds Passage of Gaming Legislation, Economic Development Funding for Philadelphia

Harrisburg, PA – October 26, 2017 – Senator Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) voted for the omnibus gaming bill that is on its way to the Governor. The bill, House Bill 271, is an important piece of the budget and included the fix…
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Elected Officials and Advocates Stand Together for Expanded Hate Crimes Legislation

Harrisburg, PA – October 24, 2017 – This morning, elected officials stood with advocates to push for an expansion of Pennsylvania’s hate crime definition. As state law currently stands race, color, religion or national origin are protected classes under the hate…
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Farnese, Delaware Riverkeeper Network News Conference on Anti-Slapp Suit Legislation

Philadelphia – September 12, 2017 – Sen. Larry Farnese and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network will hold a news conference on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 10:30 a.m. in the Mayor’s Reception Room of Philadelphia City Hall to discuss the misuse of…
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Farnese Applauds Senate Passage of Anti-SLAPP Legislation

Harrisburg, April 25, 2017 — Focused on protecting the rights of people and organizations against frivolous lawsuits aimed at stifling free speech, state Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) today thanked his colleagues for their support of his legislation, Senate Bill 95,…
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Farnese Announces $1.5 Million Grant for Mazzoni Center

Harrisburg – January 17, 2016 – Lauding the efforts of the Mazzoni Center to provide health care services for members of the LGBTQ community, State Senator Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) today announced a $1.5 million state investment in the Philadelphia based…
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Farnese Announces Significant State Grant Funds for Local Projects

Harrisburg – December 6, 2016 – More than $2 million in state grant funds were approved today to support three local projects aimed at providing for safe and healthy recreational opportunities for Philadelphia residents and their families, announced State Senator…
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Mazzoni Center Receives $1.5 Million in State Funding for New Building Through State RACP Program

Philadelphia, PA – November 29, 2016 − Mazzoni Center is pleased to announce it has received an award of $1.5 million through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP).  The funds are designated to support the purchase and…
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Senate Democrats Announce Leadership Team

Harrisburg – November 16, 2016 – Senate Democrats today elected leaders for the 2017-18 legislative session. State Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) was re-elected Democratic Floor Leader. “It is an honor and a privilege to once again be chosen to serve…
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Farnese: State Funding for Fairmount Park Project and Yards Brewing Relocation

Harrisburg – October 24, 2016 – A $180,000 grant to create a connecting trail to the Schuylkill River Trail in East Fairmount Park and a $2.5 million loan to help with the relocation and expansion of Yards Brewing was approved…
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Farnese Announces $3M in Grants for Center City Projects

PHILADELPHIA, October 14, 2016 – Two Center City redevelopment projects will receive $3 million in assistance from a state program aimed at fostering cultural and economic growth, Sen. Larry Farnese announced today. The grant funding for the projects will be…
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Farnese Announces More Than $1.7 Million in Grant Funds for First Senatorial District

Harrisburg – October 14, 2016 –  Two popular cycling and outdoor recreation trail projects will receive more than $1.7 million in grant funds needed to improve safety for residents, state Senator Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) announced today. “It’s exciting when we…
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Farnese: State Investment Sparks Job Growth, Business Development

Harrisburg, September 7, 2016 − A $2.5 million state investment has been approved for Yards Brewing, LLC, a Philadelphia-based craft brewery, State Senator Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) announced today. "Investing in local businesses has an immediate and dramatic effect on our community,"…
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Farnese: Waterfront, Film Tax Credits to Help Spark Investment

Harrisburg – July 13, 2016 – Closing out the 2016-17 budget, the Senate addressed a $1.2 billion hole in the recently passed $31.5 billion spending plan with a new revenue package that includes waterfront and film tax credits that can…
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Farnese Announces Nearly $1 Million in Grant Funds for First District Projects

Harrisburg – July 1, 2016 – State grant funds were approved today for three local community projects aimed at making Philadelphia more accessible and vibrant for area residents and families, announced State Senator Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia). The grants were funded…
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Sen. Farnese Announces Senior Community Center Grant Award for South Philadelphia Older Adult Center

HARRISBURG, June 14, 2016 – Senator Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) today announced that more than $80,000 in Senior Community Center grant funds have been awarded to the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center. “Our senior centers provide vital programs and services that…
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Democratic Senators, Community Leaders Call for State Tax Reform

HARRISBURG, May 11, 2016 – At a news conference held at the state capitol today, State Senator Art Haywood joined Senate Democratic colleagues and community leaders calling for tax reform to protect middle and low-income Pennsylvanians. At the event, Haywood…
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Industry, Government Leaders Push to Increase Tourism Marketing Budget for Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, PA — March 15, 2016 — Tourism industry and government leaders today discussed the findings of an independent analysis of Pennsylvania’s tourism marketing budget. The analysis, conducted by Tourism Economics and commissioned by the Pennsylvania Tourism Coalition, revealed that Pennsylvania ranks…
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Sen. Farnese Thanks Philly Councilman Squilla for His Anti-SLAPP Resolution Urging PA House to Consider SB 95

PHILADELPHIA, March 4, 2016 – Eight months after the PA Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of his bill to stop deep-pocketed corporations from filing lawsuits against people or groups just to quiet them, state Sen. Larry Farnese today said he…
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Sen. Farnese Announces $ 1.4M for Local Park Preservation, Remodeling

HARRISBURG, January 28, 2016 – New state investments totaling $1.4 million will help some of Philadelphia’s vital open spaces improve services and aesthetics, state Sen. Larry Farnese said today.
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Sen. Farnese Congratulates Hahnemann Nurses on Vote to Organize

PHILADELPHIA, January 22, 2016 – More than 800 nurses at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia have earned the applause of state Sen. Larry Farnese for their vote to unionize. The nurses, who will be represented by the Pennsylvania Association of…
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Farnese Re-Introduces Bill to Protect Reproductive Health Care Clinic Patients

New proposal does not include buffer zone definition HARRISBURG, Jan. 7, 2016 – Recognizing the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike a controversial Massachusetts “buffer zone” statute designed to protect women visiting reproductive clinics, state Sen. Larry Farnese today re-introduced…
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Farnese Voices Support for President’s Executive Actions on Gun Control

HARRISBURG, Jan. 5, 2016 – State Sen. Larry Farnese today said he welcomed President Barack Obama’s executive orders on background checks for gun purchases.
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Farnese Stands in Support of Philly Airport Workers

PHILADELPHIA, November 19, 2015 – State Sen. Larry Farnese today issued the following statement in support of airplane cleaners, baggage handlers and other workers who are employed by airline subcontractors at the Philadelphia International Airport and walked off the job…
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Bipartisan Support Announced for ‘Pennsylvania Fairness Act’ to Boost Economic Competitiveness

Harrisburg, Aug. 26 – State Sens. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) and Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) and Reps. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) and Tom Killion (R-Delaware) today announced the introduction of the Pennsylvania Fairness Act.
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Farnese Urges Caution in Recent Rush to Judgment of Planned Parenthood

PHILADELPHIA, July 28, 2015 – State Sen. Larry Farnese today urged thoughtful consideration by those who have quickly condemned Planned Parenthood for recent comments by organization officials. The Philadelphia Democrat issued the following statement: “Planned Parenthood is more than a…
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Measure to Help Organizations, People SLAPP Back at Frivolous Lawsuits Clears Senate, Farnese Reports

HARRISBURG, June 30, 2015 – A long-awaited measure that would enable the courts to decide if a lawsuit has been filed against an individual or an organization for the sole purpose of stifling free speech cleared the Senate today. State…
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Farnese Named Democratic Chair of Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee

HARRISBURG, June 29, 2015 – State Sen. Larry Farnese has been named the new Democratic chairman of a Senate committee. Farnese, who has been a member of the Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee, is now one of its…
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Time for Ending Discrimination in PA is Now, Sen. Farnese, Advocates Say Following Supreme Court Decision on Same-Sex Marriage

HARRISBURG, June 26, 2015 – As he applauded the significance of today’s historic U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing same-sex marriage in the United States, state Sen. Larry Farnese said it’s time for Pennsylvania to outlaw discrimination against people because of…
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Farnese Hails Court’s Decision Striking Down NRA’s Ability to Challenge Local Governments’ Gun Ordinances

HARRISBURG, June 25, 2015 – Following Commonwealth Court’s decision today to strike down a law that gave the National Rifle Association standing to sue local governments if it did not like their gun ordinances, state Sen. Larry Farnese, Cease Fire…
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Farnese Fights for Direct Wine Shipment Amongst Greater Liquor Reforms

HARRISBURG, June 24, 2015 –State Sen. Larry Farnese today fought for a comprehensive liquor reform package that would provide for consumer convenience and improve the existing Pennsylvania wine and spirits store system, including the direct shipment of wine. Farnese is…
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Senate and House Democratic Policy Committees Look at the Impact of Mandated Paid Sick Leave Legislation

HARRISBURG, May 28 – The Senate and House Democratic policy committees hosted a joint hearing at Philadelphia City Hall to discuss legislation that aims to improve public health and safety by giving workers the opportunity to accrue paid sick leave.…
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Farnese Slams Pension Reform Process & Bill, Says Sponsors Ignoring Constitutional Law

HARRISBURG, May 13, 2015 – Presented with a bill that threatens to strip the retirement nest eggs of teachers and state employees while doing little to cure Pennsylvania’s public pension problem, Sen. Larry Farnese voted against the proposal moments ago.…
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Farnese Applauds Committee Action on Bill to Stop SLAPPs

HARRISBURG, May 5, 2015 – State Sen. Larry Farnese issued the following statement today following the Senate Judiciary Committee’s unanimous approval of his legislation to help stop Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, or SLAPPs. “It’s well known that big fish…
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Sens. Farnese, Boscola Introduce Resolution to Make April ‘Pennsylvania Donate Life Month’

HARRISBURG, April 14, 2015 – Because one Pennsylvanian dies each day waiting for an organ donor, state Sens. Larry Farnese and Lisa Boscola have teamed up to make April “Pennsylvania Donate Life Month.” The senators today won unanimous approval for…
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Farnese Reintroduces Bill to Stop Frivolous Lawsuits

HARRISBURG, March 31, 2015 – To help prevent well-financed groups from stifling opposition using the court system, state Sen. Larry Farnese said today he has re-introduced his bill to stop Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, or SLAPPs. The new proposal…
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Farnese Says Marcus Brown ‘The Right Man’ for PSP Commissioner

PHILADELPHIA, March 30, 2015 — Echoing the core purpose of the Pennsylvania State Police, state Sen. Larry Farnese today issued the following statement in support of Gov. Tom Wolf’s nomination of Marcus Brown as commissioner. “Our state police officers represent…
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