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 the School District of Philadelphia: “The job of reforming the School District of Philadelphia and […]

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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: “Gov. Corbett, on behalf of the children and families of the School District of Philadelphia, […]

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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, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) citizens. While longtime proponents of equal protection for all Pennsylvania residents, […]

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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. “Without this amendment, women in Pennsylvania could still be forced to pay deductibles and co-payments […]

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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 hate crime protection law to include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens. WHO:              Sen. […]

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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, legislation that would expand the commonwealth’s hate crime protections to include Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and […]

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HARRISBURG, Sept. 15, 2014 – As Philadelphia and many communities throughout the country prepare to mark Peace Day next week, state Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today urged residents to attend one of the many free events planned this week in the 1st Senatorial District. Farnese introduced a Senate resolution today to officially recognize Sept. 21 […]

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PHILADELPHIA (Sept. 10, 2014) – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today announced more than $4 million in Multimodal Transportation Fund and Alternative and Clean Energy Program Grants for the First Senatorial District of Pennsylvania. The grants, and projects they fund, will improve safety, transportation, the environment, and economic development. “It’s always nice to see state, […]

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Philadelphia, June 20, 2014 — 22-year-old Brandon Ruffin is facing Murder, Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault and other charges for the senseless shooting on August 1, 2014, on Etting Street, that claimed the life of 3-year-old Tynirah Borum.  Ruffin, a convicted felon who was scheduled for a premlinary hearing today, would have been behind bars at […]

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PHILADELPHIA, July 10, 2014 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today issued the following statement about Gov. Corbett’s morning press conference and the failure of the Republican leadership to work together to craft a sensible FY14-15 budget: “It’s good to see that Gov. Corbett finally decided to do something about the budget that has been […]

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HARRISBURG, June 30, 2014 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) tonight issued the following statement on the Pennsylvania Senate’s passage of Gov. Corbett’s 2014-‘15 fiscal year budget (HB 2328): [hdvideo id=96] “The governor’s $29.1 billion budget is a sham and I’m happy to have voted against it. In fact, I hope this is the last […]

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Proposal would require all liquor-by-the-drink taxes to be fully paid before licenses are renewed or transferred HARRISBURG, June 25, 2014 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today introduced a bill requiring City of Philadelphia liquor license holders to pay, in full, the city’s liquor-by-the-drink tax, including all interest and penalties, before the license would be approved […]

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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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