Philadelphia Police and area District Attorneys applaud the bipartisan effort to make Philadelphia safer PHILADELPHIA (April 4, 2013) – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) and State Rep. John Taylor (R-Phila.); joined today by First Deputy Police Commissioner Richard J. Ross, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Delaware County […]

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PHILADELPHIA (February 22, 2013) – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today thanked the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (Board) for their recent decision to hold an additional public input hearing in South Philadelphia on the future location of the City’s second casino.  Gaming Board Chair William Ryan announced the decision in Thursday’s Senate Appropriations Committee hearing. […]

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PHILADELPHIA (February 13, 2013) – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today announced that the State of Pennsylvania is investing $14,000,000 in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grants in the First Senatorial District of Pennsylvania.  The RACP grants, and the three projects they fund, will bring jobs, economic development, green energy solutions and improve tourism in […]

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PHILADELPHIA (February 8, 2013) – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today congratulated Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane for fulfilling her campaign pledge to close the Florida Loophole. Her decision to dissolve Pennsylvania’s reciprocal conceal carry license agreement gives law enforcement and prosecutors a powerful tool that will keep Pennsylvanians safe.

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HARRISBURG, Jan. 10, 2013 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) has once again been named the Democratic Chairman of the Senate Communications and Technology Committee. He was also named as a member of the Senate Appropriations, Judiciary, and Banking and Insurance Committees. “We need to ensure that we are modernizing our laws to keep pace with […]

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PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 8, 2013 — As the contract drama between Mayor Michael Nutter and the Philadelphia Fire Department continues to unfold, members of the Philadelphia Delegation of the Pennsylvania Senate are urging the mayor to withdraw his appeal of a recent court decision to uphold the arbitration panel’s contract award for Philadelphia firefighters and paramedics. […]

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PHILADELPHIA (Dec. 19, 2012) – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today announced that he is introducing common sense gun legislation that will ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines in Pennsylvania. “Words cannot express the sadness and anger that we as a nation are feeling right now. My thoughts and prayers, and those of Philadelphia […]

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November 14, 2012 – A report issued by the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee today found that tourism was one of Pennsylvania’s largest industries, injecting $33 billion annually into the state’s economy, while generating $3.4 billion in tax revenues and supporting over 13,000 jobs.

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HARRISBURG, October 17, 2012 – In what State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) called a victory for public safety, the Pennsylvania Senate in a 49 to 0 vote sent legislation (HB 898) that stiffens penalties for straw gun purchases to Governor Corbett’s desk.

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HARRISBURG, October 2, 2012 – For the past six months, everyone from elected officials to community activists said the same thing: Pennsylvania’s voter ID law was unfair and made getting an approved ID difficult. But today there was welcome news when Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson agreed with us when he said that an ID was not […]

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PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 12, 2012 — Home invasion impacts communities across Pennsylvania and state Sen. Mike Stack is working to curb the growth of violence with a new state law specifically targeting home invasion. During a public hearing today in Philadelphia, the Senate Judiciary Committee addressed Stack’s legislation creating a specific criminal offense for a home […]

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HARRISBURG, Aug. 15, 2012 — The Senate Democratic Philadelphia delegation today rebuked Commonwealth Court’s refusal to grant an injunction that would have halted the state’s controversial voter ID law from being implemented. “I am extremely disappointed in the court’s decision. Pennsylvania does not have a voter fraud issue, but we now have a voter suppression […]

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PHILADELPHIA, AUG. 1, 2012 — Senior citizens who live in state Sen. Larry Farnese’s Senatorial District will be greatly impacted by Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law, according to newly released statistics. The First Senatorial District has the highest number of seniors who are registered voters and do not have a proper photo ID from the […]

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PHILADELPHIA, May 18, 2012 – State Senator Larry Farnese was joined by Pennsylvania Senators and Representatives from Philadelphia, members of Philadelphia’s City Council and community activists to jointly call upon Mayor Nutter to implement a fair property assessment program and to explore better funding alternatives for the School District of Philadelphia.

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State Sen. Larry Farnese issued the following statement on the Senate passage of 2012-13 state budget legislation (Senate Bill 1466), which passed by a 39-8 vote today. Today, I voted against the $27.6 billion budget because an increase of less than two percent over last year’s devastating budget cuts is just not enough for our […]

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HARRISBURG, May 1, 2012 — State Sen. Shirley Kitchen, along with her Democratic colleagues in the Senate and House, today denounced the reinstatement of an asset test on Pennsylvania’s 1.8 million Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients. Under the Corbett administration’s plan, starting today any SNAP recipient under the age of 60 who has more […]

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April 12, 2012 — Sen. Farnese held his Third Annual Business Funding Seminar at The Moore College of Art & Design. The event was designed to help area small and large businesses learn about state and local services, funding opportunities and the current trends that are shaping business in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania.   [hdvideo […]

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HARRISBURG, March 28, 2012 – In what State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) called a victory for consumer choice, the Senate unanimously passed legislation that would permit direct shipment of wine to Pennsylvania residents. “Our state stores have a great selection of fine wines, but they cannot possibly offer wines from every winery across the country […]

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PHILADELPHIA, March 26, 2012 – State Senator Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) received a 100 percent from Pennsylvania environmental groups for his green voting record. The Marcellus Shale Scorecard gives each state senator and representative a grade based on their Act 13 votes.

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HARRISBURG, March 20, 2012 – State Senator Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today denounced House Bill 1077 as an unconscionable bill that could require women to undergo an unnecessary and humiliating transvaginal ultrasound so they can access their protected health services.

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