Press Releases


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…

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Sen. Farnese Announces $ 1.4M for Local Park Preservation, Remodeling

Columbus Square Park receiving $300,000 for its renovation plans HARRISBURG, Jan. 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. The investments,…

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Sen. Farnese Congratulates Hahnemann Nurses on Vote to Organize

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 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, Nov. 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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Farnese Says Wolf Budget Proposal Would Provide a Sound Way Back for Philadelphians, Pennsylvanians

HARRISBURG March 3, 2015 – With Pennsylvanians no longer beholden to rash decision making, Sen. Larry Farnese today said Gov. Tom Wolf’s $29.88 billion budget proposal is a proactive and sound way back for a state that has failed to…

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Farnese Re-Launching Proposal to Protect PA’s LGBT Residents

HARRISBURG Jan. 22, 2015 – Pennsylvanians who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered would be protected under the state’s hate crimes law if a bill that Sen. Larry Farnese has reintroduced becomes law. Senate Bill 96 looks to re-enact Title…

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With Committee Appointments in Hand, Sen. Farnese to Launch Aggressive 2015-’16 Legislative Agenda

PHILADELPHIA Jan. 16, 2015 – With seven state Senate committee assignments and a leadership role in one of them, state Sen. Larry Farnese said today he expects to influence many bills that affect Pennsylvanians during the 2015-2016 legislative session. Fighting…

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Sen. Farnese Receives Bob Brady Working Class Hero Award from USW Local

PHILADELPHIA (Dec. 15, 2014) – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) received the Bob Brady Working Class Hero award this weekend for his diligent work towards saving and growing jobs. Farnese received the award during the 3rd Annual United Steelworkers (USW)…

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Sen. Farnese Says $ 4 Million in Grants Will Improve Two of the City of Philadelphia’s Economic and Entertainment Landmarks

PHILADELPHIA (Dec. 10, 2014) – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today said that the residents in the 1st Senatorial District will soon be able to enjoy a more exciting Gallery at Market East and a more energy efficient Academy of…

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Sen. Farnese Elected to Senate Democratic Leadership Post

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 12, 2014 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) today was elected by his fellow Democratic senators to be the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus’ new secretary. “It’s an honor to be voted onto the Democratic caucus’ leadership team by…

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Sen. Farnese, Elected Officials, Anti-Gun Violence Advocates Announce Lawsuit Challenging NRA’s Ability to Sue in Court

 Legal filing questions constitutionality of Act 192 PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 10, 2014 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) and a delegation of Philadelphia’s federal, state and municipally elected officials, in addition to CeaseFire PA and the mayor of Lancaster, announced today…

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Sen. Farnese Says $ 616,000 in Grants Will Improve Local Trails, Transform Vacant Plot

PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 21, 2014) – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) said residents in the 1st Senatorial District will soon be able to enjoy greener pathways and an iconic public radio station will have a better broadcast facility with the approval today of…

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Sen. Farnese: Today We Chose to Protect Pigeons but Not People

HARRISBURG, Oct. 16, 2014 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today released the following statement after Senate Republicans voted to amend and pass House Bill 80 to help the National Rifle Association: “It’s telling that Senate Republicans have decided to…

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Sen. Farnese Issues Statement on SRC’s Decision to Void Teacher Contract

HARRISBURG, Oct. 6, 2014 — State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today released the following statement after the School Reform Commission voted to cancel the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers’ current contract with no advance notice to the teachers and families of…

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Sen. Farnese Issues Statement on Gov. Corbett’s Signature Enacting Cigarette Tax Bill to Better Fund Philly Schools

HARRISBURG, Sept. 24, 2014 — State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today released the following statement after Gov. Tom Corbett signed House Bill 1177, which enacts a cigarette tax to generate approximately $49 million annually for the School District of Philadelphia:…

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Sen. Farnese, Lawmakers, Advocates Call for Better Protection of PA’s LGBT Citizens Under Current Hate Crime Statute

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 23, 2014 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia), members of the Pennsylvania legislature’s Equality Caucus, Equality PA and advocates today urged the immediate adoption of legislation that would expand the commonwealth’s hate crime protections to include lesbian, gay,…

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Sen. Farnese Amends Legislation to Provide Women with Affordable Access to Life-Saving Breast Cancer Screenings, Treatments

HARRISBURG, Sept. 22, 2014 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today announced that his amendment making a woman’s access to life-saving breast cancer screenings and treatments less costly was successfully amended into Senate Bill 1432 by the Senate Appropriations Committee.…

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Farnese to Urge Passage of Bill to Protect LGBT Citizens Under PA’s Hate Crime Statute

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 19, 2014 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) will hold a rally at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 23, in the Pennsylvania Capitol Rotunda to advocate for the passage of Senate Bill 42, legislation that would expand the commonwealth’s…

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Sen. Farnese Calls for Passage of Legislation to Protect  Pennsylvania’s LGBT Citizens Under Current Hate Crime Statute; Applauds Local Awareness Efforts

Stakeholder and supporter rally in Capitol Tuesday, Sept. 23 PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 19, 2014 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today announced that he will hold a rally in the Pennsylvania Capitol to advocate for the passage of Senate Bill 42,…

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