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 making it illegal to discriminate against someone because of their sexual orientation or identity promise to be high on Farnese’s agenda, the senator said.

“This new session is more important than ever because it brings a new governor and huge fiscal challenges,” Farnese said. “Philadelphians are telling me, and Pennsylvanians are telling other lawmakers, that it’s time we work for them and not for special interests.

“I am as passionate as ever in helping to make Philly a better place to live. I’m also encouraged that new House and Senate leadership have pledged to work more cooperatively and be more inclusive,” Farnese said. “As a member of seven different committees, I will have front-row look at the problems and opportunities before us, and I pledge to use my time productively to move us forward.”

In addition to serving as the Democratic chairman of the Senate Communications and Technology committee, Farnese will be a member of the Banking & Insurance; Community, Economic & Recreational Development; Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure; Judiciary; Rules & Executive Nominations; and Policy committees.

Legislatively, the senator said he plans to re-introduce his anti-SLAPP bill, which would expand Pennsylvania’s limited regulations and give civic organizations, individuals and various groups the power to more easily have their case dismissed or recover attorney fees if they win a so-called Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation, or SLAPP, complaint.

In conjunction with the Women’s Law Project, Sen. Farnese is redrafting his reproductive healthcare facilities buffer zone legislation. He is also planning to reintroduce legislation that would reinstitute hate crimes language and prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Farnese is in the middle of his second term leading the 1st Senatorial District, which encompasses Port Richmond, Fairmount Park, South Philadelphia, Center City, the Navy Yard, Philadelphia International Airport and the region’s sports complexes.

The two-term lawmaker received the Bob Brady Working Class hero award last month for his diligent work towards saving and growing jobs.

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