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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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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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 (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 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 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, January 23, 2013 – Senator Farnese rallied more than 300 people at CeaseFirePA’s common sense gun legislation rally. The event, which took place at the State Capitol, brought together victims of gun violence, state and local officials, and gun control advocates to support legislation that protects Pennsylvania’s citizens, neighborhoods and schools. cease-fire-pa-rally-farnese-remarks [divider top=”0″] [hdvideo id=60 […]

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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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