Government, Gun and Marijuana Reform among Legislative Priorities

HARRISBURG, January 1, 2013 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) was today sworn in to serve a second term in the Pennsylvania Senate.

Leach, first elected to the House of Representatives in 2002, has lent his voice to a number of important progressive efforts across the state during his time in the legislature.

“I am happy to represent the residents of the 17th District for another term and serve my constituency in both a legislative capacity and by assisting them with their constituent service needs,” Leach said. “I am eager to begin working to pass legislation that will benefit all Pennsylvanians, and I hope that the General Assembly can work together in a cooperative and bipartisan manner over the course of the next four years to accomplish our goals.”

Since taking office, Leach has become known as the leading progressive voice in the Pennsylvania legislature. He has championed countless important causes including marriage equality, repealing the Voter ID law, environmental stewardship, redistricting reform and campaign finance reform. Last year, the YMCA of Pennsylvania presented him with the 2012 Legislative Champion Award.

This session, Leach will reintroduce a number of bills that previously did not reach the governor’s desk, including Early Voting, Redistricting Reform, Marriage Equality, Medical Marijuana Legalization, Repealing the Death Penalty and Repealing the Voter ID Law.

Additionally, he plans to introduce a bill that would legalize marijuana in Pennsylvania, similar to laws recently enacted in Washington and Colorado. In the wake of the Connecticut shooting, Leach has also stated that he will support any gun control measures that may be proposed in the coming months on both the state and federal levels.

Leach will once again hold the Minority Chairman seat on the Senate Judiciary Committee during his upcoming term in office.

Locally, Leach is involved in the community, serving as a member of the Board of the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, the Chamber of Commerce, Lower Merion Conservancy and the Philadelphia World Affairs Council.