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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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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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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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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PHILADELPHIA, March 5, 2012 – State Senator Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today announced that he will vote against the Republican bill requiring voters to show identification at the polls. HB 934, which is likely to be acted on by the entire Pennsylvania Senate this week, would not just discourage voter participation, but it could cost taxpayers about $1 million.

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Senator Larry Farnese to hold senior expos on March 22, 2012 and on April 5, 2012. All Senior Citizens of the First Senatorial District are invited to attend. Representatives from local and state government agencies as well as public and private service providers will be available to discuss programs and services for older Philadelphians.


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PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 17, 2012 – State Senator Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today issued a letter to State Sen. Jake Corman (R- Centre) asking why four of Pennsylvania’s universities, scheduled to possibly receive approximately $500 million in taxpayer funds, are not part of the regular budgetary process.

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State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) and CH2M HILL Philadelphia surprised 40 area children with new bikes for the holidays. This is the second year Sen. Farnese and CH2M HILL partnered to give new bikes to Big Brothers Big Sisters participants. Sen. Farnese is joined by Principal Brianna Dunn of the Laura W. Waring School and students.

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PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 22, 2011 – To celebrate Thanksgiving and help almost 50 area seniors and low income families, State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) gave away turkeys to United Communities Southeast Philadelphia’s Houston Community Center and Presbyterian Tower’s Riverside Homes. For the past three years Sen. Farnese has donated free turkeys before Thanksgiving so members of area community organizations have an enjoyable holiday.

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October 7, 2011 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today introduced legislation that would keep state and municipal workers who are convicted of a sex crime against a minor from collecting their public pension.

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September 30, 2011 – Concerned community leaders, police and residents from the Point Breeze and Grey’s Ferry sections of Philadelphia came together to call for an end to the recent wave of violence. Senator Larry Farnese thanked the hard working police and community activists for fighting to keep their neighborhoods safe, and called on Harrisburg to enforce existing gun legislation, increase penalties for people who commit gun violence, and to join him in ending straw purchases and closing the Florida Loop Hole.
 
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September 22, 2011 – State Senator Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) was pleased to join port and labor leaders as Governor Corbett released $15 million to continue the Delaware River dredging project.

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