Senator Farry E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • My Bill to Improve Safety, Combat Illegal Street Racing Passes Senate
  • Celebrating Historic Breast Cancer Screening Law
  • Youth Leadership Camp to be Held June 9-15
  • Family Service Association of Bucks County
  • Shredding Event – June 8th

My Bill to Improve Safety, Combat Illegal Street Racing Passes Senate

To address how the erratic driving of illegal street racers endangers the safety of other motorists, pedestrians, and law enforcement officers, the Senate passed legislation I authored that would increase street racing fines. For first offenses it would increase to $500 and all additional infractions to $2,000. Senate Bill 998 also calls for impoundment orders for vehicles used after conviction of the offense and would hold event organizers accountable using fines, suspension of driving privileges, classification as habitual offenders, impoundment of vehicles and imprisonment.

Additionally, the bill would impose penalties for drifting on highways or trafficways and for organizing street racing or drifting events. Drifting is a driving technique that involves steering a car to make a controlled skid sideways through a turn.

This bill is part of my effort to combat this evolving crime and improve safety in our communities. It now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Celebrating Historic Breast Cancer Screening Law

One year ago, a first-of-its-kind in the nation comprehensive breast cancer screening bill was signed into law as Act 1 of 2023. This landmark legislation eliminates out-of-pocket costs associated with BRCA-related genetic testing and counseling as well as supplemental screening such as breast MRI and ultrasound for women at high risk.

Since its passage, this law has become more meaningful to me and my family. My wife Kristen was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year and is currently in chemotherapy treatment. Although she has a tough road ahead, Kristen’s prognosis is positive, and we cannot thank our community enough for the outpouring of support that has been shown to us during this difficult time.

High-risk conditions covered by the law include dense breast tissue, personal history of breast cancer, family history of breast cancer, genetic predisposition, and prior radiation therapy.

Act 1 covers individuals whose insurance is state-regulated, including plans purchased through the Pennie marketplace or employer-provided insurance. The law takes effect for many plans between 2024 and 2025. All state-regulated plans must be in place before the end of 2025. Learn more.

Youth Leadership Camp to be Held June 9-15

Teenagers who are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement or the military are encouraged to apply to participate in a leadership camp to be held June 9-15 at Messiah University in Mechanicsburg.

The Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania National Guard and Pennsylvania American Legion staff the camp. Cadets work on team-building exercises, physical fitness training, classroom activities involving police and military careers, and a marksmanship course. They will also visit the State Police Academy and Fort Indiantown Gap National Training Center.

The camp offers three $1,000 scholarships at the end of the week. Applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 17 prior to entering the camp and may not reach age 18 during the camp. Applicants should be physically fit, in good health and have a strong academic record. There is no cost to participants as their local American Legion post sponsors their attendance. Learn more and fill out an application here by May 15.

Family Service Association of Bucks County

I am pictured with Julie Dees, Chief Executive Office of Family Service Association of Bucks County at their annual homeless shelter benefit

I was pleased to join Family Service Association of Bucks County’s board of directors, donors, sponsors, and partners for their 12th Annual Homeless Shelter Benefit. The Family Service Emergency Homeless Shelter is a temporary shelter for families and individuals who lost safe housing.  All money raised at the benefit will go directly towards supporting the Shelter and its residents daily bringing them one step closer to home.    

In addition to their Emergency Homeless Shelter, Family Service Association of Bucks County offers a variety of programs and service focused in on increasing opportunities for adults, reducing substance use, improving quality of life for those living with HIV/AIDS and much more.  They are located at 4 Cornerstone Drive in Langhorne, with additional offices throughout Bucks County. Learn more:

Community Shredding Event June 8th

To help residents guard themselves against identity theft, I will be hosting a free community paper shredding event Saturday, June 8 from 10 am- noon at The Runway at Warminster Community Park, located at 350 East Bristol Road in Warminster.

Residents of the 6th Senate District are encouraged to bring documents that contain sensitive information to be thoroughly shredded.

Please note this event is for residents only; no businesses, please. Due to high demand, there is a limit of two file boxes of paper per individual to be shredded. We cannot accept plastic bags.

For the event, you will enter at the traffic light at Hatboro and Bristol Rd.  Once in the park, the line for the shredding will be on your right on the runway.

No advance registration is required to participate in this event. For more information, residents may call my office at 215-638-1784. 


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