Press Releases

Farnese Statement on Budget Agreement

HARRISBURG, May 28, 2020  – State Sen. Larry Farnese released the following statement regarding his “no” vote today on the General Appropriations Bill: “Last June, I voted against the state budget agreement because it lacked a commitment to remediate the dangerous…
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Senate Hearing Focuses on Toughening Laws Against Shoddy Construction Work

Harrisburg, May 7, 2020 − At the request of state Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) the Senate Democratic Policy Committee held an online hearing to study the impact of overzealous and unsafe construction in Philadelphia’s burgeoning neighborhoods. “The city’s iconic neighborhoods…
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PA Senate committee hearing set for Thursday on unsafe construction methods

State Senator Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) will co-chair an online Senate Democratic Policy Committee hearing this Thursday to learn more about the impact of unsafe construction methods by untrained and inexperienced developers. “Philadelphia’s iconic neighborhoods are seeing a redevelopment boom that…
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Farnese, Hohenstein Introduce Sick Leave Bill

HARRISBURG, April 8, 2020  – With the legislature’s majority focused on redundant oversight and scaling back mitigation efforts, state Sen. Larry Farnese and Rep. Joe Hohenstein today introduced their bills to provide emergency paid sick leave for Pennsylvania workers affected…
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PA Senate Democrats Urge Action on Legislation for Working Families, Pledge to Oppose Partisan COVID Task Force

Harrisburg, PA − April 8, 2020 − The Senate adjourned Tuesday afternoon after the House Republicans indicated they would not be taking up Senate Bill 841, legislation that would have enabled local municipalities to hold their meetings remotely, permitted e-notary…
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Rise in hate crimes leads to warning from state police, lawmakers

PITTSBURGH, April 2, 2020 – Alarmed by disturbing warnings that racist attacks on Asian Americans are increasing in Pennsylvania and across America during the coronavirus crisis, a group of Pennsylvania lawmakers, the Pennsylvania State Police and other stakeholders today held…
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Farnese Joins Other Elected Leaders Demanding Airlines not forget Contracted 32BJ SEIU Airport Workers Amidst Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis

Philadelphia, PA − March 20, 2020 − State Senator Larry Farnese, along with Mayor Jim Kenney, State Rep. Maria Donatucci and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson released the following statement: “We stand with the more than 600 -32BJ contracted airport workers from…
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Farnese, Hohenstein to Introduce Emergency Sick Pay Legislation

PHILADELPHIA, March 17, 2020 – With the federal response still clouded by politics, state Sen. Larry Farnese and Rep. Joe Hohenstein will introduce state legislation to provide emergency paid sick leave for Pennsylvania workers affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and…
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Farnese Announces Over Half a Million Dollars in Nonprofit Security Grant Funds for Local Organizations

Harrisburg – March 11, 2020 - Sen. Larry Farnese (D- Philadelphia) today announced the award of $543,427 in grant money for the for the 1st Senate District. A total of $455,927 in state grant money was awarded to bolster security for…
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State Sen. Larry Farnese Statement on Safehouse’s Sudden Decision to Site a Facility in South Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA − February 26, 2020 −State Sen. Larry Farnese today released the following statement on Safehouse’s sudden decision to site a facility in South Philadelphia: “If Safehouse intends to operate their facilities the same way they conducted their siting process, we…
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Sen. Farnese Statement on Gov. Wolf’s Budget Address

    Harrisburg, PA − February 4, 2020 − State Sen. Larry Farnese released the following statement regarding today’s 2020-21 budget address by Gov. Tom Wolf: "In his budget address today, Gov. Wolf stood up for two top priorities in…
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Senator Larry Farnese Response to Governor Wolf’s 2020-21 Budget Address

 
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State Grant to Help Restore Philly Dairy

PHILADELPHIA − January 23, 2020 − With the help of a state grant, dairy processing will make a return to a historic Philadelphia facility, state Sen. Larry Farnese announced today.Pennsylvania’s Dairy Investment Program awarded Perrystead Dairy LLC $126,039 to  help restore…
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State Democratic Policy Committee Hearing on Net Neutrality in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia - January 9, 2020 – At the request of state Sen. Larry Farnese (D- Philadelphia), the Senate Democratic Policy Committee today co-hosted a hearing with state Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler (D- Philadelphia) on net neutrality legislation in Pennsylvania. “Protecting net…
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Farnese Announces $1.5 Million for Old City Traffic Improvements

Harrisburg, PA – December 17, 2019 – Philadelphia’s historic district will become more cyclist and pedestrian friendly through $1.5 million in new state funding for bike lanes and intersection improvements, state Sen. Larry Farnese announced today. “For me, transforming Philadelphia…
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Farnese Appointed to Senate Transportation Committee

Harrisburg – December 17, 2019 – State Sen. Larry Farnese, a long-time advocate for Philadelphia’s cyclists and pedestrians, has been appointed to the Senate Transportation Committee, Senate leadership announced today. “I think we are overdue in rethinking the way we…
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Farnese Announces over $1 million in PCCD State Grants Funds for Local Projects

Philadelphia, December 11, 2019 − Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today announced state grant dollars for seven area programs aimed at curbing crime and giving young people constructive outlets and choices. “I am pleased to see state dollars bolster local efforts…
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Farnese and Bullock Raise Awareness of Issues Impacting Homeless Youth in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg – November 20, 2019 – Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) and Rep. Donna Bullock said it was important to raise awareness of homeless youth in Pennsylvania. That’s why they hosted a news conference today in the state Capitol on Children…
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Farnese and Donatucci Announces $250,000 in State Funds for City Park Project

Harrisburg – November 18, 2019 – Sen. Larry Farnese (D- Philadelphia) and Rep. Maria Donatucci announced today that the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has awarded $250,000 for the continued development and improvements to FDR Park. “For many years…
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Farnese Announces Over $2 Million in Tax Credits for Community Development Projects

Harrisburg – November 15, 2019 – Sen. Larry Farnese (D – Philadelphia) announced today that community development projects in his district have been awarded over $2 million in state tax credits. “Strong investments in our communities are a strong investments…
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Farnese Announces Nearly $1 Million in Recreation and Conservation Grant Money for the Region

Philadelphia – November 12, 2019 – Sen. Larry Farnese (D- Philadelphia) announced today that $900,00 in Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Recreation and Conservation Grants have been awarded to two projects within the city. “It is vital to…
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Farnese: $850,000 for City Transportation Projects

Harrisburg – November 12, 2019 – Sen. Larry Farnese (D – Philadelphia) announced today that three city projects have received a total of $850,000 in state funds. “Making sure our city has the most efficient, safe, and up-to-date transportation networks…
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Farnese: Grants Approved for Community Improvement, Revitalization, Public Interest

Harrisburg – October 31, 2019 – Four grants totaling more than $550,000 have been approved for local organizations in Philadelphia, state Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) said today. Grant funding was approved for Fairmont Community Development Corporation, Friends of Bok, Pennsylvania…
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Hate Crime Legislation Introduced in Pa. House, Senate

Legislation will give state the tools to prevent and address hate crimes across commonwealth HARRISBURG, October 30, 2019 – As Pennsylvanians paused to mark one year since the terror attack in Squirrel Hill, legislators in the Pennsylvania House and Senate…
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Farnese’s Bill to Streamline Guardianship for Medically Disabled Adult Children Clears Committee

  Harrisburg – October 29, 2019 – Legislation sponsored by Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) to streamline the guardianship process for medically disabled adult children was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee today. “As Democratic Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee,…
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Farnese Votes ‘No’ on Further Deregulation of the Oil and Gas Industry in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg – October 21, 2019 – Sen. Larry Farnese (D - Philadelphia) voted no on Senate Bill 790 today, which he said will further deregulate the oil and gas industry within Pennsylvania. “The Pennsylvania Constitution guarantees all citizens of this…
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Farnese: Two Urban Agriculture Grants Approved

Harrisburg – October 2, 2019 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) said today that two urban agriculture grants worth in excess of $50,000 have been approved for projects in his district in Philadelphia. “One of the goals of the recently…
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Judiciary Committee Hearing on Behavioral Health, Second Amendment Rights, and other Gun-Related Issues

 
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Senate Approves Farnese’s Proposal to Help Medical Marijuana Patients

Harrisburg – September 25, 2019 – State Sen. Larry Farnese’s (D-Philadelphia) effort to help young medical marijuana patients receive treatment -- inserted into legislation increasing the minimum age of sale for tobacco products -- was approved today by the Senate.…
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Farnese Issues Statement on Report Concerning Sen. Daylin Leach

Harrisburg – September 19, 2019 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) issued the following statement concerning an updated and expanded report regarding Sen. Daylin Leach’s (D-Montgomery) conduct. Farnese’s statement follows: “The updated and expanded report we received regarding Senator Leach's…
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Farnese: LAST CALL – Deadline to Submit Statute of Limitations Reform Testimony is Sept. 20th

Philadelphia – September 18, 2019 – Sen. Larry Farnese (D- Philadelphia) said today that the deadline for submitting testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee for their Oct. 2nd hearing regarding statute of limitations reform for those who have experienced sexual…
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Farnese Announces $250,000 for Regional Recreation Projects

Philadelphia – September 17, 2019 – Sen. Larry Farnese (D- Philadelphia) announced today that multiple projects within his district are receiving a total of $250,000 through the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program. “I am very pleased that this investment in…
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Farnese Announces $1.4 Million in State Money to Fight Community Violence and Aid Victims

Philadelphia – September 13, 2019 – Sen. Larry Farnese (D- Philadelphia), Democratic chair of the Senate Judiciary committee, announced today that the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) has awarded $1.4 million in state grants for projects in his…
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Farnese: $200,000 for Affordable Housing in Graduate Hospital Neighborhood

Philadelphia – September 11, 2019 – Sen. Larry Farnese (D- Philadelphia) said today that $200,000 in state grant money will be invested into a project to create affordable housing in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood of Philadelphia. The grant money will…
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LGBTQ Equality Caucus Condemns Anti-LGBTQ Legislation

Bicameral group of lawmakers vow to fight proposed bills HARRISBURG, September 5, 2019 – As the Pennsylvania House and Senate prepare to return to session this fall, a bicameral group of lawmakers has vowed to fight anti-LGBTQ legislation that is…
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Farnese Announces Almost $500,000 in State Funds for Philly International Airport

Harrisburg – August 28, 2019 – Sen. Larry Farnese (D – Philadelphia) announced today that the Philadelphia International Airport has been awarded $424,900 for needed improvements to the airports SEPTA rail facilities “The Philly Airport is a vitally important part…
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Legislators React to Grand Jury Report Calling for New System of Investigating Sexual Misconduct Claims

HARRISBURG, August 27, 2019 – After a months-long review of a sexual misconduct complaint against a former Pennsylvania House member, a Dauphin County grand jury has called for the Pennsylvania Legislature to create a new, independent Office of Legislative Responsibility…
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State Senator Larry Farnese Statement on Philadelphia Police Officers’ Shooting

Philadelphia, PA − August 15, 2019 − Senator Larry Farnese released the following statement on police officers' shooting last night in North Philadelphia: “Last night's shooting in North Philadelphia was devastating and we were reminded those who serve in our…
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Senator Farnese Echoes Call of PA SAFE Caucus, Asks For Special Session

Philadelphia, Pa. − August 6, 2019 − Following the weekend’s rash of gun violence across the nation, and the epidemic of gun deaths plaguing Pennsylvania, Senator Larry Farnese has joined a bicameral group of legislators calling for a special session to…
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Members of the General Assembly Ask Governor Wolf for a State Of Emergency To Address Pennsylvanians Living in Poverty

Harrisburg, Pa. − August 1, 2019 − Today, Democratic members from the Pennsylvania House and Senate are asking Governor Tom Wolf to declare a state of emergency to address the needs created by the elimination of the state’s General Assistance…
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