State Senate Committee Discusses Ways to Prevent Street Harassment

Philadelphia – November 1, 2017 – At the request of state Sen. Lawrence Farnese (D-Phila.), the Senate Democratic Policy Committee today held a roundtable discussion at City Hall on strategies for preventing street harassment. “It is really important to have this meeting at a time when we’re talking about this on a national level and at a state level,” Farnese said. “Street harassment is not a new problem but by bringing it to light and making it a policy issue, it’s my hope we can empower...

Elected Officials and Advocates Stand Together for Expanded Hate Crimes Legislation

Harrisburg, PA – October 24, 2017 – This morning, elected officials stood with advocates to push for an expansion of Pennsylvania’s hate crime definition. As state law currently stands race, color, religion or national origin are protected classes under the hate crimes statute. Pending legislation in the Senate (SB 96)  and House (HB 505) would reenact Act 143 of 2002 and again extend these protections to include ancestry, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender, and gender...

Democratic Senators Detail Impact of Trump Actions on Affordable Care Act in Pennsylvania 

HARRISBURG, October 18, 2017 — State Senate Democrats today blasted President Trump’s latest actions regarding the Affordable Care Act in Pennsylvania and detailed the debilitating impact on Pennsylvanians that his latest acts will have on working families. The president ordered the suspension of an estimated $7 billion in cost-sharing reduction payments that are designed to help lower- and middle-income Americans.  He also moved to restructure the insurance market by opening the door to...

Lawmakers Highlight Need to End Budget Impasse, Fund State-Related Universities 

PHILADELPHIA, July 20, 2017  — As Pennsylvania prepares to enter a fourth week without a state budget revenue package, a budget bill that funds the five state-related universities has become embroiled in the state budget funding standoff. State lawmakers today gathered at Temple University to highlight this aspect of the budget impasse and to urge the General Assembly to finalize the state budget in order to fund the state-related universities — Temple University, Lincoln University, Penn...

Sen. Street Resolution Recognizing Eid al-Fitr Holiday Approved in Senate

HARRISBURG, June 14, 2017 — The Pennsylvania Senate today unanimously approved a Senate resolution authored by state Sen. Sharif Street observing June 25, 2017 as "Eid al-Fitr Day" in Pennsylvania in recognition of the Muslim holiday. Eid al-Fitr is celebrated on the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal and marks the end of Ramadan, which is a holy month of fasting and prayer for Muslims. Sen. Street, who is the first Muslim Pennsylvania state senator, said it was important to recognize...

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