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 be used to spark development, state Senator Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) said. “Key aspects of the […]

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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 by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). The CFA is an independent state agency responsible for […]

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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 allow our seniors to remain active and involved in the community,” Farnese said. “These grant […]

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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 introduced legislation – Senate Bills 1257 and 1258 – that would reduce the tax burden […]

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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 last in the country for state tourism funding relative to industry size, 36th by dollar […]

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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 is pleased to hear that Philadelphia City Council is supporting the idea and urging the […]

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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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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 Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals, or PASNAP, voted overwhelmingly in favor of the move Wednesday […]

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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 his proposal to help protect patients from harassment, intimidation or deliberate obstruction at these health […]

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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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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 to protest low pay and efforts to stop their unionization: “The men and women whose […]

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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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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 place for women to obtain safe abortions. More than a million Pennsylvanians have turned to […]

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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 Sen. Larry Farnese’s Senate Bill 95 cleared the chamber on a 48 to 1 vote […]

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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 leaders. “Whether internet gaming or policies that propose to help or hurt the fabric of […]

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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 their sexual orientation or gender identity. “Currently under Pennsylvania law, it is still permitted to […]

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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 PA and other representatives who filed a lawsuit last November to stop Act 192, applauded the ruling.

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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 the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 97, legislation that would provide for direct shipment to […]

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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. State Sen. Larry Farnese and Rep. Maria Donatucci, both D-Phila., co-chaired the hearing evaluating legislative […]

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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. The Philadelphia Democrat said he opposes the legislation and the way the Republican-led upper chamber […]

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