HARRISBURG, March 31, 2015 – To help prevent well-financed groups from stifling opposition using the court system, state Sen. Larry Farnese said today he has re-introduced his bill to stop Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, or SLAPPs. The new proposal is Senate Bill 95, and it would give defendants the option to deflect a SLAPP […]

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HARRISBURG March 3, 2015 – With Pennsylvanians no longer beholden to rash decision making, Sen. Larry Farnese today said Gov. Tom Wolf’s $29.88 billion budget proposal is a proactive and sound way back for a state that has failed to create new jobs, invest in education and support people who need assistance over the past […]

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HARRISBURG – January 22, 2015 – Pennsylvanians who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered would be protected under the state’s hate crimes law if a bill that Sen. Larry Farnese has reintroduced becomes law. Senate Bill 96 looks to re-enact Title 18 language that would extend the definition of a hate crime to extend protection […]

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PHILADELPHIA – January 16, 2015 – With seven state Senate committee assignments and a leadership role in one of them, state Sen. Larry Farnese said today he expects to influence many bills that affect Pennsylvanians during the 2015-2016 legislative session. Fighting to eliminate frivolous lawsuits, reinstituting hate crime protections, delivering common sense gun solutions, and […]

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PHILADELPHIA – December 15, 2014 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) received the Bob Brady Working Class Hero award this weekend for his diligent work towards saving and growing jobs. Farnese received the award during the 3rd Annual United Steelworkers (USW) Local 10-1 Jim McHugh Memorial Awards Night and Celebration Dinner. “From the first time I […]

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PHILADELPHIA –  November 12, 2014 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) today was elected by his fellow Democratic senators to be the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus’ new secretary. “It’s an honor to be voted onto the Democratic caucus’ leadership team by my fellow senators,” said Farnese. “I’m looking forward to serving the caucus to the […]

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PHILADELPHIA, November 10, 2014 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) and a delegation of Philadelphia’s federal, state and municipally elected officials, in addition to CeaseFire PA and the mayor of Lancaster, announced today that they are challenging the constitutionally of Act 192 in court.

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HARRISBURG, Oct. 16, 2014 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today released the following statement after Senate Republicans voted to amend and pass House Bill 80 to help the National Rifle Association: “It’s telling that Senate Republicans have decided to further the NRA’s agenda today by passing a specially crafted piece of legislation that would […]

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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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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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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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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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