Senator Farry E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Women’s Animal Center Celebrates 155 Years
  • Congratulations to Eagle Scout
  • Temple University Student at the Capitol
  • Medication Take Back Day – April 27
  • Increasing Penalties for Reporting False Threats at Schools
  • Primary Election Day is Tuesday, April 23

Women’s Animal Center Celebrates 155 Years

This past weekend, I attended Women’s Animal Center’s Spring Open House. I presented them with a citation from the Senate of PA to honor their 155th anniversary as America’s First Animal Shelter and their continued dedication to advocating for the welfare of animals.

During the visit, I took a tour of the center and learned about all the services and programs they offer. As an open-admissions shelter, the Women’s Animal Center provides behavior training, rescue transfer and adoption services to more than three thousand animals in need each year. They are also a center for resources to our community, offering a variety of services and expertise to pet owners. To learn more visit their website:

As an animal lover and supporter, I have been successful in passing major animal welfare initiatives in Harrisburg over the years and was named Humane Legislator of the Year by the Humane Society of the United States in 2017.  I am thankful for the Women’s Animal Center and look forward to working with them as a community partner.

Shown in photo: Cathy Malkemes, CEO, Women’s Animal Center, Kim Gronendahl, Board of Directors, Women’s Animal Center, Karen Robbins, President, Board of Directors, Women’s Animal Center

Congratulations to Eagle Scout

Congratulations to Aadya Gattu of Troop 172G on achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest advancement rank in Scouts BSA. Aadya’s Court of Honor was held this past weekend, where our staff presented a citation from the Senate of PA for the outstanding work she has done in earning this prestigious honor.

As a member of one of the first classes of female Eagle Scouts, Aadya served her troop as Historian, Patrol Leader, and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. For her Eagle Scout community project, Aadya created mental health baskets for the medical advocacy teams that support victims of domestic violence at A Woman’s Place.  The baskets included hand-sewn stuffed animals.

Aadya has shown tremendous work and effort in making our community a better place and I wish her continued success as a future leader.

Temple University Students at the Capitol

Last week, Temple University students visited the Capitol to advocate for continued funding from the Commonwealth. I want to thank the students that live in the 6th Senatorial District for taking the time to learn about state government and advocating for their school.

Shown in Photo from L-R: Alejandro Colon from Feasterville is a Junior and majoring in Political Science; Temple mascot, Hooter the Owl, Alexandra Piedrahita from Bensalem is a Junior and majoring in Criminal Science and Political Science; and Rodger Allen from Bensalem is a Senior, majoring in Business Management and Political Science.

Medication Take Back Day – April 27

Medication Take Back Day is Saturday, April 27, 2024 from 10 am – 2 pm! This year’s Take Back event will feature 47 public collection sites throughout the county. Simply walk or drive up and drop in any unused, unneeded or expired medications for safe disposal.

In addition to prescription medications, law enforcement officers will be collecting over-the-counter and pet medications, vitamins, vaping products and more. Plus, select sites throughout the county will be collecting medications and sharps and distributing Narcan on April 27! Visit for site locations and what’s accepted.

Can’t make it to Take Back Day? You can still safely dispose of your medications at one of the collection boxes located in Bucks County Police Departments. Find a box near you:

Increasing Penalties for Reporting False Threats at Schools

In the wake of a school shooting tragedy and an uptick in hoax reports, the Senate approved legislation to enhance criminal penalties for false threat reports. Senate Bill 975 now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.

The bill would make knowingly reporting a false threat at schools and higher education institutions a felony of the third degree, resulting in a prison sentence of up to seven years and a fine of up to $15,000. It would also allow courts to sentence anyone convicted to pay the costs of an evacuation or response that resulted from the threat.

These costs may include supplies, equipment or materials to respond to the threat; food that went unused because of the evacuation or diversion from standard operations of a school; and salary and wages – including overtime pay – for those who respond to the threat and any teacher, administrator or other educational facility employee who was paid despite the diversion.

Primary Election Day is Tuesday, April 23

Primary Election Day is early this year: Tuesday, April 23, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you are not registered to vote using a mail-in ballot but need to do so because of an emergency situation – such as an unexpected illness, disability or last-minute absence from your municipality – you may request an Emergency Absentee Ballot. The deadline to submit an Emergency Absentee Ballot Application to the County Election Board is April 23 at 8 p.m.

If you’re not sure where to report to vote, check here using the Department of State website. In addition to providing the address of your polling place, it will also tell you if you are an annual mail-in or absentee voter.

Voters who requested a mail-in ballot but would prefer to vote in person can do so if they bring their ballot and the pre-addressed outer return envelope to their polling place to be voided. If you do not surrender your ballot and return envelope, you can only vote by provisional ballot at your polling place.


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