Co-prime Sponsors of HB/SB 300, business leaders, and faith leaders announce the launch of a statewide campaign to end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people  Harrisburg – Today, legislators stood with faith leaders, business leaders, and members of the LGBT community to advocate for the passage of SB/HB 300 to end discrimination in […]

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PHILADELPHIA, May 14, 2014 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today urged the board of the Pennsylvania Convention Center to exercise fairness and respect the Customer Satisfaction Agreement (CSA) reached with the Carpenters Local 8 and Teamsters Local 107 on May 9. The Board, citing a May 5 deadline, did not accept the CSA and […]

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HARRISBURG, April 30, 2014 – The Pennsylvania Senate has unanimously adopted Sen. Larry Farnese’s resolution declaring May as “Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Awareness Month” throughout the commonwealth. Senate Resolution 367 earned the chamber’s support Tuesday afternoon after Farnese and the proposal’s co-sponsor, Sen. Rob Teplitz (D-Dauphin), urged the action. “ALS is best known as Lou Gehrig’s […]

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PHILADELPHIA, April 24, 2014 – People and organizations that have been quieted by ongoing, frivolous lawsuits and mounting legal expenses today urged a state Senate panel to adopt Sen. Larry Farnese’s proposal to curtail the unfair practice. Farnese’s Senate Bill 1095 would expand Pennsylvania’s limited regulations and give civic organizations, individuals and various groups the […]

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PHILADELPHIA, April 23, 2014 – State Sens. Larry Farnese and Stewart Greenleaf will open a public hearing at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Philadelphia Bar Association on the Philadelphia Democrat’s bill to disable Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, more commonly known as SLAPPs. Farnese’s Senate Bill 1095 wouldallow individuals and community groups who […]

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HARRISBURG, March 12, 2014 – State Senate Democrats today said they would save Pennsylvania taxpayers billions of dollars and solve the state’s pension problem if their proposal to further reform pension rules, refinance billions and help school districts avoid escalating payments is adopted. Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny); the Democratic chairman of the Senate Finance […]

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PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 25, 2014 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) said today the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing in April on his anti-SLAPP legislation, Senate Bill 1095. The hearing will take place at 9:30 a.m. on April 24 at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., Philadelphia. Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation […]

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HARRISBURG, Feb. 4, 2014 – State Sen. Larry Farnese today said Gov. Tom Corbett is attempting to hoodwink Pennsylvanians with his farcical $29.4 billion budget proposal for 2014-15. “The governor claimed today that ‘Pennsylvania’s comeback’ is underway. Regrettably, it’s not true. Too many school children and working class families continue to suffer from the draconian […]

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HARRISBURG (Dec. 11, 2013) – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today announced that House Bill (HB) 1644 passed the full Pennsylvania Senate by a vote of 49 to 0 and will return owner-occupied assessments to pre-Actual Value Initiative (AVI) levels once it’s signed into law.

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HARRISBURG, December 11, 2013 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today introduced Senate Bill 1208 to create buffer zones around Pennsylvania’s reproductive health care clinics so women can safely receive their medical services. The bill, which was announced in conjunction with a larger package of bills addressing the health needs of women, is designed to not only […]

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PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 29, 2013) – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today released his letter to the Republican chairman of the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee requesting a hearing on Senate Bill (SB) 1095. The bill, which was authored by Farnese, protects organizations from Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP) and deters people from filing the damaging […]

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PHILADELPHIA (Sept 12, 2013) – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today introduced legislation to protect community groups against SLAPPs, or Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation. SLAPPs are used to deter critics from taking certain actions by forcing them to pay the high and ongoing costs of a legal defense. Farnese’s legislation would allow those who are wrongfully sued to more easily have their case dismissed or recover attorney fees if they win the lawsuit.

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PHILADELPHIA, July 12, 2013 – State Sen. Larry Farnese today released the following statement rebuking the Corbett administration for not supporting Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s decision not to defend Pennsylvania’s Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in a recently filed lawsuit (Whitewood, et al vs Corbett, et al): “So, let me get this right, the Corbett […]

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PHILADELPHIA (May 16, 2013) – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today announced that he is introducing legislation that will protect groups who are the subject of SLAPPs, or Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation. Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, or SLAPPs, are lawsuits filed against a person or group for positions they take in connection with […]

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Harrisburg, PA, May 14, 2013 — The Senate of Pennsylvania today unanimously approved State Sen. Larry Farnese’s (D-Phila.) resolution declaring May 2013 as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS, Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. Each year more than 5,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS, which is commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Farnese’s resolution was […]

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Harrisburg, May 7, 2013 – PA Sen. Larry Farnese and PA State Rep. Brian Sims released the following statement on the introduction of House and Senate Bills 300 which bans discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression statewide in employment, housing, credit and public accommodations.

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HARRISBURG, May 7 – A record number of state legislators are sponsoring bills that would protect LGBT people from discrimination in Pennsylvania. House Bill 300 and S.B. 300 have a combined 102 sponsors, 77 in the House and 25 in the Senate, including seven House Republicans and two Senate Republicans, legislators announced at a Capitol […]

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PHILADELPHIA, April 17, 2013 – The Pennsylvania Senate unanimously adopted a campaign finance reform bill today that State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) said would empower more Pennsylvanians to cast an educated vote thanks to a clearer understanding of donors and candidates.

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I am pleased to have the opportunity to provide this input in connection with the selection process for Philadelphia’s second Category 2 gaming license.

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PHILADELPHIA, April 11, 2013 — State Sen. Larry Farnese issued the following words of sympathy on the tragic death of Philadelphia Fire Captain Michael Goodwin: “On this sad day, I extend my condolences to the family and friends of Captain Michael Goodwin. His reputation as a cherished husband, devoted father and dedicated public servant of […]

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