Do you have an opinion on gun control? Do you think Pennsylvania should reinstate and expand the automatic weapons ban, or should we oppose all forms of new gun control? I’m hosting a town hall on May 30, where we will be talking about this issue and much more. Please drop by and participate in the discussion.
Know About Events!
Human and Health Services Fair
May 9, 2018
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
MontCo Senior Adult Activities Center
536 George St.
Norristown, PA 19401
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AG Shaprio’s Campus Safety Roundtable
May 16, 2018
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
28 N College St.
Carlisle, PA 17013
Registration closes on May 10, 2018
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Electronics Recycling & Shredding Event
May 19, 2018
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Candlebrook Elementary School
310 Prince Frederick Street
King of Prussia, PA 19406
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Town Hall on Gun Control,
Gerrymandering, and the State Budget
May 30, 2018
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Whitpain Township Admin Building
960 Wentz Rd
Blue Bell, PA 19422
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Know Our Constituent Services!
- I’m looking for the best public and school librarians in the 17th district. Each librarian nominated will be recognized for his or her overall service including special programs, knowledge of his or her facility, and commitment to the public. Visit www.senatorleach.com/loty to nominate your favorite librarian.
- Know an organization or individual in the 17th District who deserves special recognition for their personal or professional accomplishment, or who has a special birthday or anniversary coming up? Senate Citations are one way I like to share in their success and recognize their achievements. Please send your recommendations to my office!
Know Your Legislation
Public Financing of State Elections
On May 15th, Pennsylvania will be having their first primary election using the new congressional maps. It is exciting to see Pennsylvania on the forefront of combating gerrymandering, but there are still more lingering campaign issues.
One massive issue is the amount of cash involved in campaigns. For example, the 2014 PA Governor’s race cost a record breaking $82 million. Expensive campaigns, like the governor’s race, degrade our democracy by limiting the amount of people able to run for office, providing an unfair advantage for wealthy candidates and increasing the influence of special interest groups and wealthy donors. I believe that individuals should be elected based on their ideas, not on their fundraising abilities.
To solve this issue, I introduced SB290, which creates a public financing option for state political campaigns. SB290 creates the Clean Elections Fund to provide participating candidates with public money to finance their elections. Any candidate running for Governor, Senator, Representative, Auditor General, Attorney General or State Treasurer will be eligible to receive public funding. To qualify for the money a candidate must collect a prescribed number of contributions of $5 from registered voters within their electoral district.
After each certified candidate receives public financing, no other money may be sought, collected or spent by the candidate.
Upcoming Mobile District Office Schedule for May
Thursday, May 10, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Outreach at the Montco Senior Adult Activities Center
Thursday, May 17, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Outreach at the Montco Norristown Public Library
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 9:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m.
Outreach at New Horizons Senior Center
Thursday, May 31, 2018, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Outreach at Upper Merion Senior Center