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April 8, 2014: Eating disorders, especially among young women and men, are a growing problem in Pennsylvania. That’s why a bipartisan group of state lawmakers held a State Capitol news conference today to urge approval of legislation that would help educate parents and students about eating disorders. Here’s more with Senator Leach, a co-sponsor of the Senate legislation.Untitled audio project
April 5, 2014: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Leach says authorities can be alerted to child abuse by anyone anytime of the day or night.Pennsylvania-Moment
April 1, 2014: Sen. Leach joined advocates and other lawmakers to rally for the swift passage of Senate Bill 75, a bill that would help law enforcement officials to end human trafficking in Pennsylvania by allowing them to punish perpetrators. S.B. 75 awaits consideration by the House Judiciary Committee. Sen. Leach also discussed Senate Bill 915, which would provide a safe harbor to children exposed to sexual exploitation in Pennsylvania.Human-Trafficking-Bill-House-P
March 31, 2014: Supporters of legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania rallied at the State Capitol today to urge state lawmakers to approve a bill now in the state Senate that would make its use legal. Here’s more with Senator Leach, the bill’s co-sponsor, who spoke at the rally.Cannabis-Reform-Rally-Leach-We
March 5, 2014: Pennsylvania Moment: Sen. Leach reminds you that March 31st is the deadline to sign up for health insurance provided by the federal Affordable Care Act.Pennsylvania-Moment-
February 7, 2014: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Leach says Pennsylvania’s Career Link offices can connect the unemployed to businesses that need workers.Pennsylvania-Moment-
January 29, 2014: Senator Leach, in remarks on the Senate Floor today, appealed to the general public and his colleagues in the Senate and House to support Senate Bill 1182, his legislation which would legalize the use of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.SB-1182-Hearing-Leach-Floor-Re
January 28, 2014: Parents of children who suffer seizures and other health problems and who may be helped by the use of medical marijuana rallied at the State Capitol today as a state Senate committee held a hearing on legislation that would legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. Here’s more with Senator Leach, sponsor of the bill, who spoke at the rally.Medical-Marijuana-Rally-Leach-
January 28, 2014: More sound with Senator Leach from today’s State Capitol rally in support of his legislation to legalize medical marijuana.Medical-Marijuana-Rally-Leach-
January 11, 2014: On the floor of the Senate, Senator Leach introduces a Resolution naming January 11th as Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Pennsylvania. The Resolution passed unanimously.Human-Trafficking-Awareness-Da
January 2, 2014: Pennsylvania Moment: It’s never too early to begin saving for your child’s college education. Senator Leach says the state Treasury has a plan that can help now and in the future.Pennsylvania-Moment-
December 15, 2013: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Leach suggests celebrating the holidays by donating to your local food bank.Pennsylvania-Moment-
December 10, 2013: On the floor of the Senate, Senator Leach expressed his opposition to the nomination of Christopher Abruzzo as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.Opposition-to-Abruzzo-Nominati
December 10, 2013: The state Senate has passed and sent to the House legislation co-sponsored by Sen. Leach that would toughen the penalties for human trafficking. Sen. Leach addressed a rally in the Capitol Rotunda just before the bill’s passage.Anti-Human-Trafficking-Legisla
November 18, 2013: A bill that would legalize medical marijuana or medical cannabis in Pennsylvania is being introduced in the Pennsylvania Senate. Here’s more with Senator Leach who held a State Capitol news conference on Monday to announce legislation that’s aimed at improving the quality of life of many children in the Commonwealth who suffer from a rare form of epilepsy.Medical-Marijuana-Policy-Leach
November 15, 2013: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Leach says now is the time to apply for home heating assistance.Pennsylvania-Moment-
November 12, 2013: Senator Leach hosted a special delegation from South Korea on the floor of the Pennsylvania Senate. south-korean-ambassador-addresses-senate-sen.leach-11-12-13
November 12, 2013: Senator Leach has introduced legislation that would require 15 percent of the state’s electricity be delivered by renewable fuel sources by 2023.renewable-enery-bill-leach
October 15, 2013: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Leach says your child might be eligible for free or low-cost health care.Pennsylvania-Moment-
September 23, 2013: Senator Leach joined parents, taxpayers, and educators today at a State Capitol rally to call on legislators and the governor to adequately and fairly fund public school education in Pennsylvania. Here’s more with Senator Leach, a member of the Senate Education Committee, who says academic gains made statewide during the previous Rendell Administration because of increased state funding are now being reversed by the Corbett Administration.Education-Funding-Rally-Leach-
September 15, 2013: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Leach reminds drivers to be watchful for police and emergency personnel working by the side of the road.Pennsylvania-Moment-Sen.Leach-
August 15, 2013: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Leach says your summer vacation driving will be easier if you follow this tip before you start.pennsylvania-moment-sen.leach-august’13
August 9, 2013: Senator Leach is working on proposed legislation that would create an interest-free college loan program for Pennsylvania students who attend state-owned or state-related universities. Here’s more with Senator Leach, a member of the Senate Education Committee, who says his “Pay it Forward, Pay it Back,” program would lift a huge financial burden off of graduating students.college-loan-program-leach-webstory
July 15, 2013: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Leach reminds motorists to be aware of bicyclists on Pennsylvania’s roadways this summer.pennsylvania-moment-sen.leach-july’13
June 30, 2013: Senator Leach reviews the budget, the budget process, and other issues surrounding that process this year, including transportation and the privatization of liquor.budget-and-related-issues-sen.leach-06-30-13
June 30, 2013: The Pennsylvania Senate has approved a new $28.4 billion state budget plan on a vote of 33-17. Here’s more with Senator Leach, who voted ‘no’ on the budget bill which now goes back to the House of Represenatives for concurrence.hb-1437-budget-vote-leach
June 25, 2013: Senator Leach’s bid to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana in Pennsylvania got a boost today when members of the NAACP traveled to Harrisburg to announce their support for his legislation. Here’s more with Senator Leach who says the state’s current policy on marijuana use does more harm than good.marijuana-bill-naacp-support-leach-wrapstory
June 12, 2013: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Leach has details about Pennsylvania’s “Here To Help” website.pennsylvania-moment-sen.leach-june’13
May 15, 2013: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Leach says there’s a simple, inexpensive step you can take to bring peace of mind for you and your dog.pennsylvania-moment-sen.leach-may’13
May 7, 2013: Senator Leach has joined with fellow lawmakers to introduce legislation that deals with human trafficking, something he calls a modern-day version of slavery.human-trafficking-bills-leach-web
May 7, 2013: Legislation that would prohibit discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered individuals has been introduced in both the state Senate and the House, with a record number of legislators expressing support. Sen. Leach is co-chairman of the LGBT Equality Caucus in the Legislature.lgbt-equality-bill-leach-web
April 30, 2013: Senator Leach sponsored a Senate Resolution declaring April 30, 2013, “Hooters Music Appreciation Day” at the Capitol in Harrisburg, a celebration of both the home-grown band and of the arts in Pennsylvania.hooters-appreciation-day-leach-wrap
April 15, 2013: Pennsylvania Moment: There is help for people struggling to make their mortgage payments. Senator Leach has details.pennsylvania-moment-sen.leach-april’13
April 15, 2013: Senator Leach is introducing legislation that he says would be an important part of keeping hospital patients safe and ensuring they receive the best care possible.nurse-to-patient-ratio-bill-leach-wrap
April 8, 2013: Along with children from the Clarke School for Hearing and Speech, Bryn Mawr, and the DePaul School for Hearing and Speech, Pittsburgh, Senator Leach held a State Capitol news conference today to call for increased special education funding in next year’s state budget. Here’s more with Senator Leach and some very special children.special-education-funding-leach-remarks
March 20, 2013: Sen. Leach’s Interview with Rock 107 about GMO Labeling Legislation. Rock107_GMOLabelingLegislation_Mar21_2013
March 12, 2013: Labels on the foods you buy in the grocery store already tell you the fat and sodium content, and the nutritional value. Senator Leach wants to make sure that label also tells you if the food was genetically modified.genetic-food-bill-leach-wrap
March 12, 2013: Pennsylvania Moment: Thinking about going to college this fall? Believe it or not, now is the time to apply for financial aid. Senator Leach has some helpful information.pennsylvania-moment-sen.leach-mar’13
February 11, 2013: Legislation is being introduced in Harrisburg to legalize marijuana in Pennsylvania. Here’s more with Senator Leach, sponsor of the bill, who wants to legalize and regulate marijuana the same way alcohol is treated in Pennsylvania.marijuana-legislation-leach-webstory
February 11, 2013: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Leach says the Pennsylvania Department of Aging has set up a special phone number to answer your questions about care for the elderly.pennsylvania-moment-sen.leach-feb’13
February 5, 2013: Senator Leach responds to the Governor’s Budget Address.2013-budget-speech-reaction-sen.leach
January 23, 2013: Senator Leach spoke to more than 300 people at today’s Cease Fire Pa. rally at the State Capitol in support of gun control legislation. Here’s more with Senator Leach whose remarks were intended to dispel some myths about gun control advocates and their goals.cease-fire-pa-rally-leach-remarks
January 15, 2013: Pennsylvania Moment: Sen. Leach has an important message for veterans about their benefits.pennsylvania-moment-sen.leach-jan’13
January 10, 2013: Friday, January 11th, is being recognized as “National Human Trafficking Awareness Day” in Pennsylvania. Here’s more with Senator Leach, sponsor of a Senate Resolution that’s intended to raise awareness about the second most pervasive crime worldwide.human-trafficking-day-leach-wrapstory
January 9, 2013: Senator Leach says transferring inmates from one prison to another may save the state some money, but reducing our prison population is the key to real cost savings in the Department of Corrections. Here’s more with Senator Leach, the Democratic Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who gives his reaction to the Corbett Administration’s announcement that two prisons in Cambria and Westmoreland counties will close this June.prison-closings-leach-webstory
January 7, 2013: Senator Leach says he’d like to add Pennsylvania to the list of states that have legalized marijuana over the past few years.legalize-marijuana-legislation-leach-wrap
November 7, 2012: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Leach says those who need help paying their heating bills this winter should apply for LIHEAP assistance as soon as possible.
November 1, 2012: The Governor has signed into law a bill that allows corporations to help their communities while they turn a profit. Senator Leach championed the bill in the state Senate.
October 25, 2012: Legislation that’s intended to help victims of human trafficking in Pennsylvania has been signed into law by the governor. Here’s more with Senator Leach, who led a two-year effort to get the measure through the General Assembly, and who attended today’s bill-signing ceremony in Harrisburg.
October 19, 2012: A bill that’s aimed at helping the victims of human trafficking in Pennsylvania has been sent to Gov. Corbett for his signature. Senator Leach, who led the campaign to get the legislation through the General Assembly, says it’s intended to end what many people consider modern day slavery.
October 17, 2012: Senator Leach says a recent Commonwealth Court ruling clears up confusion over the state’s new Voter Photo ID Law for the November 6th election. Here’s a Public Service Announcement with Senator Leach that’s airing on local radio stations:
October 11, 2012: Pennsylvania Moment: If you’re looking for help, Senator Leach says there’s a website that will connect you to many of the services the state of Pennsylvania offers.
September 25, 2012: Senator Leach and human rights advocates rallied at the State Capitol Tuesday in support of legislation aimed at putting an end to modern day slavery in Pennsylvania. Here’s more with Senator Leach, sponsor of a bill that would require certain businesses to post a toll-free hotline number that victims of human trafficking could call for help.
September 17, 2012: Senator Leach and other members of a bipartisan legislative task force studying Pennsylvania’s death penalty are asking Gov. Corbett for a temporary moratorium on executions until the panel completes its study.
August 24, 2012: Senator Leach says he’s not surprised by the Corbett Administration’s refusal to provide Voter ID information to the U. S. Justice Department because it would then be clear that the law discriminates against minorities. Here’s more with Senator Leach who’s asking: What does the Gov. Corbett and his administration have to hide and why won’t they comply with the request for information.
August 17, 2012: PA Moment: If you see that a senior citizen is being abused, you can do something to help. Senator Leach says there’s a hotline number you can call to report elder abuse.
August 13, 2012: Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal activity in the world. Sen. Leach hopes a new statewide billboard campaign will raise awareness about the issue.
July 17, 2012: PA Moment :: Pennsylvania is ready to help you find the best route when it comes to summer driving.
June 26, 2012: Democratic Lawmakers React to Top Republican’s Voter ID Comments.
June 18, 2012: PA Moment :: Senator Leach says, thanks to the CHIP program, no child will be without quality health insurance.
May 2, 2012: Hundreds of people with physical and intellectual disabilities rallied at the State Capitol in strong opposition to Gov. Corbett’s proposed 20% cut in state funding in next year’s budget. Senator Leach spoke at the rally.
October 26, 2011: Senator Leach speaks on Senate floor on Senate Bill 1
October 18, 2011: Senator Leach Leads Effort to Stop Human Trafficking in Pennsylvania at State Capitol news conference; Proposed Legislation Clears State Senate Committee.
September 20, 2011: Leach, Good Government Leaders Hold Press Conference in Response to Electoral Vote-Splitting Plan
September 16, 2011: Senator Leach calls Senate Republican Electoral College vote plan nothing more than “an affirmative action program” for Republican presidential candidates.
June 29, 2011: Senator Leach says Fair Share Law limiting lawsuit awards in Pennsylvania is anything but fair to consumers and people who are injured
June 20, 2011: PA Moment :: Make your summer driving easier. Senator Leach advises you to check with PA 511 before heading out.
June 7, 2011: Hundreds of Pennsylvanians rallied at the State Capitol Tuesday calling for a moratorium or a complete halt to Marcellus Shale drilling. Senator Leach, who has introduced legislation calling for a moratorium, spoke at the rally.
May 24, 2011: PA Moment :: Senator Leach tells what you can do if you suspect abuse of an elderly person.
April 20, 2011: PA Moment – If you’re out of work and need help finding a job, Senator Leach has some advice.
March 14, 2011: PA Moment – Senator Leach says that, thanks to state law, Pennsylvania parents with autistic children can get help paying for their care.
March 10, 2011: Gov. Corbett’s education secretary nominee clears first hurdle on way to Senate confirmation
March 8, 2011: Senator Leach Reacts to Gov. Corbett’s Budget Address :: Governor’s Proposed Budget Plan is Not the Answer
February 8, 2011: PA Moment – CHIP makes sure Pennsylvania’s kids are covered when it comes to health insurance. Senator Leach has the details.
February 7, 2011: Leach Unveils Legislation to Change Business Structures in PA, Creates New Class of Corporation
January 25, 2011: Senator Leach Proposes Legislation to Battle Human Trafficking in Pennsylvania
December 20, 2010: PA Moment – The arrival of cold weather means firing up the furnace, fireplace, wood stove or space heater. Senator Daylin leach reminds you to be safe when you turn up the heat.
November 8, 2010: PA Moment – If you’re having problems paying your mortgage, Senator Leach has information that may help you save your home.
October 12, 2010: Senator Leach says State Legislature should not take the month of November off when there’s work to be done including passing a reasonble severance tax on the gas companies drilling in the Marcellus Shale natural gas reserve
October 12, 2010: Gov. Rendell says he’s disappointed a Tuesday meeting with Senate Republican leaders failed to bring about an agreement on passing a severance tax on companies drilling in the state’s Marcellus Shale natural gas reserve. Senator Leach says he shares that disappointment.
July 12, 2010: In his latest LeachCast, Senator Leach discusses human trafficking and his hotline bill with Julie Janovsky of Polaris Project.
July 6, 2010: Senator Leach’s bill banning the Shackling of Pregnant Prisoners has been signed into law.
June 28, 2010: With Pennsylvania facing a huge deficit just days before the state budget deadline, the State Senate Government Management and Cost Study Commission has released a report that could save more than 450 million dollars over three years.
June 10, 2010: Leach Comments on Bonusgate Grand Jury report on WHYY
May 11, 2010: Sen. Leach plans to introduce a bill that would reinforce the appropriate role of Pennsylvania’s law enforcement resources in enforcing federal immigration policy.
May 4, 2010: Pennsylvanians may soon be able to use marijuana for medical purposes.
April 23, 2010: Gov. Rendell’s Call for Merit Selection of Appellate Court Judges is Welcome News
April 13, 2010: Human Trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world, with billions of dollars generated each year through the exploitation of children and adults
March 16, 2010: By a vote of 8-6, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday defeated a bill that would have amended the state constitution to prevent same sex-marriage in Pennsylvania
March 15, 2010: Sen. Leach Introduces Bill to Improve Access to Eating Disorder Treatments
February 20, 2010: Eating Disorders are a Mental Illness and Insurance Companies should be Required to Cover Treatment
February 2010: PA Moment – The numbers show Pennsylvania’s commitment to recycling is producing results.
January 2010: Bill to Ban Shackling of Women Prisoners Giving Birth Clears Senate Committee
January 2010: PA Moment – If colder weather and higher energy prices have prompted you to use alternate heating sources, Senator Daylin Leach has some advice: be safe!