Senator Farnese delivered the following floor remarks today in Harrisburg recognizing May 2011 as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Month in Pennsylvania: “On behalf of Senator Orie and myself, I rise today to offer the following resolution recognizing the month of May, 2011 as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS, Awareness Month in Pennsylvania.   Commonly known as […]

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Senator Larry Farnese issued the following statement regarding the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden: When I heard the news that Osama bin Laden was dead, I immediately thought of the people in the Towers that day and the people on Flight 93 who showed such unbelievable bravery and courage in the skies above […]

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Senator Larry Farnese announced he will host his second annual Business Funding Seminar. The speakers include Sam Rhoads, Senior Vice President, Finance, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), Jared Lucas, Small Business Financing Division, Center for Business Financing, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and Lynne Ruby, Director, DCED Grants Office. This is a […]

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Harrisburg – April 27, 2011 –At a news conference today, State Sen. Larry Farnese joined with state Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) and a host of state House members, advocates and supporters to announce legislative initiatives that would protect people who live or work in Pennsylvania from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or […]

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Initiative to Restore the Philadelphia Police  Mounted Patrol Unit Fundraising continues to restore the Philadelphia Police Mounted Patrol Unit. Our goal is to have the Mounted Units back on the streets this year. Senator Farnese recently announced that he has secured $100,000 in funding to jumpstart the effort, but there is still a long way […]

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Restores Funding for Basic and Higher Education, Health Care, Human Services Philadelphia – April 14, 2011 – State Sen. Larry Farnese joined Democratic colleagues today to announce a budget plan that underscores their budget priorities and includes $1.14 billion in total savings, new revenues and efficiencies. At a news conference today at Temple University, Democrats […]

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Arrests in Citywide Dog Fighting Rings Exemplify the Need for Registry as a Matter of Public Safety April 14, 2011 — Senator Larry Farnese today announced that he has introduced legislation that would create an Animal Abuse Registry in Pennsylvania for those convicted of cruelty to animals. “This week’s arrests of 19 people in a […]

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April 7, 2011—-Senator Larry Farnese today announced that he has introduced legislation to further protect the rights of all citizens from discrimination. Senate Bill 910 would amend the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act to add the definition of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity or expression” to the list of prohibited discrimination factors.  It would prevent “unlawful […]

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Holds Straw Purchasers Accountable for Every Illegally-Purchased Gun Harrisburg – April 4, 2011—-Senator Larry Farnese today announced that he will introduce legislation that would impose a five-year mandatory minimum for straw purchasers and deter straw purchasers from making multiple purchases. Senator Farnese will introduce the legislation the week of April 4. Current law provides that […]

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Bill Addresses Infestations in Multi-Unit Buildings and Hotels Harrisburg – April 1, 2011—-Senator Farnese today announced that he has introduced Senate Bill 908, a free-standing act that will address the growing health concerns regarding bed bug infestations in multi-unit buildings and hotels. “Bedbugs are a public nuisance, and it is a matter of public welfare […]

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Harrisburg, March 25, 2011 – Senator Larry Farnese today joined Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, the families of officers killed in the line of duty, members of the Philadelphia Police Foundation and others to welcome the first five horses to the soon-to-be restored Philadelphia Police Mounted Unit.

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Legislation Would Change the Way Wine is Sold and Expand Consumer Choice March 22, 2011—Senator Larry Farnese today announced that he is seeking co-sponsors and will introduce legislation that will change the way wine is sold and expand consumer choice. Senator Farnese’s legislation would allow consumers in Pennsylvania to order wine by mail from anywhere […]

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The Public Must be Protected; Justice Must be Served March 22, 2011, Harrisburg—–Senator Larry Farnese today re-introduced two hit-and-run bills from the 2009-2010 Legislative Session, both of which strengthen the laws and increase the penalties for those who leave victims at the scene of car crashes. “We must stiffen the penalties for drivers who hit […]

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Substance Used as Cocaine Alternative; Leads to Extreme Violent Behavior March 21, 2011—Senator Larry Farnese today announced that he will introduce legislation that would ban substances commonly known as ‘bath salts.’ The legislation would add the following chemical compounds to Schedule I of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act: 3, 4—Methy-lenedioxymethcathinone (Methylone), 3, […]

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PHILADELPHIA—March 18, 2011—-At the request of Senator Larry Farnese, the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee today held a fact-finding hearing about the backlog of DNA testing and the use of DNA testing in criminal investigations. The hearing focused on finding solutions to reduce the backlog of DNA test results and on a bill that would change […]

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HARRISBURG, March 8, 2011 – Following Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget address where he laid out his $27.3 billion spending plan, State Senator Larry Farnese made the following statement: “I applaud the governor for his efforts to craft a balanced spending plan despite severe fiscal difficulties. We know what is at stake here – a $4 […]

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HARRISBURG, March 7, 2011 – State Sen. Larry Farnese will deliver the Senate Democratic Caucus’ response to Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget address on March 8. “I am honored to be chosen by my Senate Democratic colleagues to respond to Governor Corbett’s budget proposal,” Farnese said. “I believe it is important that everybody’s attention be focused […]

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No Need to Study or Review Current Laws Regarding Standards for Operating Dog Kennels March 2, 2011—Senator Larry Farnese today renewed his position for humane laws regarding puppy mills in Pennsylvania. “There is no need to spend taxpayer money to study or review the current law, which has already been voted on and enacted,” said […]

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Common- Sense Gun Laws Close ‘Florida Loophole,’ Protect the Public, Hold Criminals Accountable Harrisburg – February 18, 2011—-Senator Larry Farnese today introduced a four-part gun package to close the ‘Florida Loophole’ and further strengthen the laws and penalties to hold criminals accountable for gun crimes. “This four-point package emphasizes public safety by strengthening the laws […]

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HARRISBURG, February 14, 2011 – State Sen. Larry Farnese today called upon the members of the legislature to focus their attention to the immediate needs of Pennsylvanians. “We have been in session from six weeks now under a new governor and new leadership in the General Assembly, under some of the most difficult financial times […]

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