Press Releases


August 7, 2015

Senator Leach’s Seventh Annual Kids Fair a Rousing Success Thanks to Volunteers and Sponsors

NORRISTOWN, Pa. – August 7, 2015 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today thanked the families who attended his seventh annual “Kids Fair” at the Elmwood Park Zoo and the sponsors who helped make it possible, including Mercy Suburban Hospital,…

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June 26, 2015

Senator Daylin Leach, Prime Sponsor of PA’s Marriage Equality Bill, Comments on Supreme Court’s Marriage Equality Ruling

HARRISBURG – June 26, 2015 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today commented on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which institutes marriage equality in the United States. Senator Leach has been the prime sponsor of the Pennsylvania…

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June 25, 2015

Senator Leach comments on Commonwealth Court ruling that NRA’s special standing bill is unconstitutional

HARRISBURG – June 25, 2015 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today applauded the Commonwealth Court for ruling that Act 192 of 2014 is unconstitutional. On November 10, 2014, Senator Leach and other plaintiffs filed a petition in Commonwealth Court challenging…

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June 10, 2015

Leach and Greenleaf Announce Legislation to Protect Child Victims of Human Trafficking

HARRISBURG – June 9, 2015 – State Senators Daylin Leach (D, Montgomery/Delaware) and Stewart J. Greenleaf (R, Montgomery/Bucks) today announced the introduction of “Safe Harbor” legislation designed to help law enforcement identify the child victims of human trafficking and avoid…

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June 8, 2015

Senator Leach Proposes Bill to Eliminate Pretrial Detention for Failure to Post Bail

Harrisburg — June 8, 2015 — State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today announced legislation to eliminate pretrial detention for people who fail to post bail in Pennsylvania. Leach explained his proposal to his Senate colleagues in a co-sponsorship memo. Leach’s statement:…

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May 12, 2015

Overwhelming Bipartisan Majority Approves Senator Leach’s Medical Cannabis Bill

HARRISBURG – May 12, 2015 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware)’s medical cannabis bill was passed today by the Pennsylvania Senate by a vote of 40-7. All 19 Democrats and 21 Republicans supported the bill. After the vote Senator Leach released…

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April 29, 2015

Senator Leach Proposes $15 Minimum Wage

HARRISBURG –April 29, 2015 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today announced legislation to raise the state minimum wage to $15 per hour. The bill would also index the minimum wage to inflation and eliminate the tipped minimum wage. Leach…

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April 29, 2015

Pennsylvania Senate Recognizes Armenian Genocide for First Time

HARRISBURG – April 21, 2015 – In a groundbreaking move, the Pennsylvania Senate today unanimously approved State Senator Daylin Leach’s (D-Montgomery/Delaware) resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide of 1915 to 1923, joining Pope Francis and the European Parliament in openly condemning the…

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April 29, 2015

Senator Leach Honors Two Outstanding Librarians

HARRISBURG – April 17, 2015 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today recognized two local librarians at the seventh annual Librarians of the Year celebration held at the American Reading Company in King of Prussia. Leach gave the 2015 Public Librarian…

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April 1, 2015

LGBT Equality Caucus Members Send Open Letter to Wolf

HARRISBURG – April 1, 2015 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) and other members of the LGBT Equality Caucus today sent an open letter to Governor Tom Wolf expressing concern over Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Read the letter here → Senator…

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March 10, 2015

Leach Announces Bill to Ban Use of Animals in Circuses

HARRISBURG, March 10, 2015 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today announced legislation designed to ban the use of animals in traveling circuses. Leach explained his proposal to his Senate colleagues in a co-sponsorship memo. Leach’s statement on his new…

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March 9, 2015

Leach Comments on Sale of Mercy Suburban Hospital to Prime Healthcare

HARRISBURG, March 9, 2015 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today released the following statement regarding the purchase of Mercy Suburban Hospital by Prime Healthcare. Officials from Mercy Health System, which owns Mercy Suburban Hospital, announced on March 2, 2015,…

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March 5, 2015

Senator Leach and Lieutenant Governor Stack Praise Circus Elephant Phase-Out

HARRISBURG, March 5, 2015 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) and Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack today praised the decision by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to phase out the use of elephants in its shows by 2018. During…

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February 25, 2015

Senator Leach’s Statement on Senate Bill 3 Hearing

HARRISBURG, February 25, 2015 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) released the following statement at the conclusion of today’s Senate State Government Committee hearing on Senate Bill 3. “Today’s hearing made it clear that we can create a medical cannabis protocol…

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February 19, 2015

Senator Leach Welcomes Immigrants to Pennsylvania with New Proposal

HARRISBURG, February 19, 2015 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today announced legislation designed to provide access to driver’s licenses, educational opportunities, and labor protections for immigrants covered under the Immigration Accountability Executive Actions announced on November 20, 2014 by…

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February 13, 2015

Leach Introduces Death Penalty Repeal and Reacts to Death Penalty Moratorium Announced by Governor Wolf

HARRISBURG, February 13, 2015 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today reintroduced his bill to abolish Pennsylvania’s death penalty and reacted to the death penalty moratorium announced by Governor Tom Wolf. Leach’s death penalty abolition bill is SB 493 of…

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February 12, 2015

Leach Proposal Would Increase Vaccination Rate by Ending “Philosophical” Exemption

HARRISBURG – February 12, 2015 –State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today announced legislation designed to increase the number of Pennsylvania school children who are immunized against diseases that spread easily among groups, interrupt school life, and threaten public health. Leach…

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February 6, 2015

Senator Leach Recognized for Efforts to Fight Human Trafficking

HARRISBURG, February 6, 2015 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) yesterday was recognized for his work fighting human trafficking and its effects in Pennsylvania. At a short ceremony in King of Prussia, the Montgomery County Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition (MCAT) presented…

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January 27, 2015

Senators Leach and Folmer Reintroduce Medical Cannabis Legislation

HARRISBURG, January 27, 2015 – State Senators Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) and Mike Folmer (R-Dauphin/Lebanon/York) today announced the reintroduction of their medical cannabis legislation. The new bill, Senate Bill 3, is nearly identical to Senate Bill 1182 of the 2013-2014 Session,…

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November 10, 2014

Senator Leach Challenges Constitutionality of NRA-Backed Statue

HARRISBURG, November 10, 2014 — State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) and other legislators and municipalities today filed a petition in Commonwealth Court challenging the constitutionality of Act 192 of 2014, which was written to set forth penalties for the theft…

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November 3, 2014

Senator Leach Comments on the Case of Brittany Maynard

HARRISBURG, November 3, 2014 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today commented on the case of Brittany Maynard, the terminally ill woman who peacefully ended her life on Saturday, November 1, 2014 in accordance with Oregon’s “Death with Dignity” statute…

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October 22, 2014

Senator Leach Asks Pennsylvania District Attorneys for Compassion on Medical Cannabis

HARRISBURG, October 22, 2014 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today sent a letter to The Honorable D. Peter Johnson, President of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, and to Pennsylvania’s 66 other district attorneys asking them to forgo prosecution of…

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September 10, 2014

Senator Leach Comments on the Case of Jennifer Ann Whalen

HARRISBURG, September 9, 2014 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today commented on the case of Jennifer Ann Whalen, of Washingtonville, who was sentenced Friday to a maximum of 18 months in prison after giving her pregnant daughter pills to…

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August 8, 2014

Senator Leach’s 6th Annual Kids Fair Offers Fun to Families

NORRISTOWN, August 8, 2014 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today thanked the families who attended his 6th annual Kids Fair and the sponsors who helped make it possible. Mercy Suburban Hospital co-sponsored and provided volunteers for the event held…

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August 5, 2014

Senator Leach’s Annual Kids Fair Happening this Thursday

NORRISTOWN, August 5, 2014 –State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) invited members of the press and public to attend the 6th Annual Kids Fair on Thursday, August 7th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event, held at the Elmwood Park Zoo…

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July 30, 2014

What I Learned about Legal Marijuana in Denver

This past week, I, and three members of my legislative staff flew to Denver, Colorado to see for ourselves what the complete legalization of cannabis looks like. Given the polls, what other states are doing, and the arc of history,…

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July 28, 2014

Gov. Corbett’s Pension Proposal Provides No Relief for Schools or Homeowners

HARRISBURG, July 28, 2014 – Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today issued the following statement in response to Gov. Corbett’s pension proposal. “Gov. Corbett needs to check his math, because his clams that pension reform equals property tax relief for Pennsylvania…

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July 1, 2014

Area Lawmakers Announce Route 263 Named in Honor of Local Officer’s Ultimate Commitment

HARRISBURG, JULY 15, 2014 —Reps. Bernie O’Neill (R-Bucks), Kate Harper (R-Montgomery) and Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) as well as Sens. Daylin Leach (R-Berks/Chester/Montgomery), Stewart Greenleaf (R-Bucks/Montgomery), Bob Mensch (R-Berks/Bucks/Montgomery) and John Rafferty (R-Berks/Chester/Montgomery) announced that a portion of Pennsylvania Route 263…

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July 1, 2014

Leach: Critical Anti-Human Trafficking Bill Approved by House & Senate

HARRISBURG, July 1, 2014 – Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today issued the following statement after Senate Bill 75, critical anti-human trafficking legislation, was unanimously approved by both the House and Senate Monday evening. “I would like to thank the Pennsylvania…

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June 27, 2014

Leach: First-Of-Its-Kind Medical Cannabis Bill Heads To Senate Floor

HARRISBURG, June 27, 2014 – Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today announced his joy in response to the Senate Law and Justice Committee’s unanimous approval of Senate Bill 1182, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act. “I would like to thank…

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June 12, 2014

Leach Honors Upper Merion Teacher and Her Students as the 2014 Unsung Heroes

KING OF PRUSSIA, June 12, 2014 – Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today honored Meridith McKee as this year’s Unsung Hero for the 17th Senatorial District. This morning at Caley Elementary School in Upper Merion, Leach also awarded each of Ms.…

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June 11, 2014

Leach Comments on Critical Anti-Human Trafficking Bill

HARRISBURG, June 11, 2014 – Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) Tuesday issued the following statement after Senate Bill 75, critical anti-human trafficking legislation, unanimously passed the House Judiciary Committee. Leach said, “I am thrilled for the House Judiciary Committee’s consideration of…

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June 10, 2014

Leach Speaks on Senate Floor on Passage of his Pulse Oximetry Testing Bill for Newborns

HARRISBURG, June 10, 2014 – Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today gave remarks on the senate floor in favor of Rep. Boback’s House Bill 1420, which would require pulse oximetry testing for newborns within 24 hours of birth. “As the prime sponsor…

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May 30, 2014

Leach to “Dine In” at Capitol to Highlight Bipartisan Support for GMO Labeling Bill

HARRISBURG, May 30, 2014 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today invited members of the press and public to a GMO Press Conference hosted by Food and Water Watch on Monday at 10:30 a.m. in the Capitol’s Main Rotunda. Sen.…

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May 20, 2014

Leach Elated with Ruling to Extend Marriage Equality to All Pennsylvanians

HARRISBURG, May 20, 2014 – Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today announced his joy in response to the ruling of the federal court in Whitewood v. Wolf, which declares that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry and have their…

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May 13, 2014

Leach Demands End to PA Convention Center Labor Standoff

KING OF PRUSSIA, May 13, 2014 – Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today released the following statement regarding the Pennsylvania Convention Center Standoff. Leach said: “As a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, I am calling on the Board of the…

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May 2, 2014

Letter to Gov. Corbett on Medical Cannabis from Senators Folmer & Leach

May 2, 2014 VIA MAIL, ELECTRONIC MAIL, AND HAND DELIVERY The Honorable Tom Corbett Governor 225 Main Capitol Building Harrisburg, PA 17120 Dear Governor Corbett, We wanted you to know of our gratitude at your willingness to engage in a…

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May 1, 2014

Leach Grateful Corbett has Joined the Conversation on Medical Cannabis

HARRISBURG, May 1, 2014 – Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today released the follow statement regarding Governor Corbett’s recent announcement on medical cannabis. Leach said: “According to press reports, Governor Corbett has begun to move away from his previously unyielding position…

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April 28, 2014

Leach, Families Plan Sit-In at Governors Reception Room Unless He Meets with Them

HARRISBURG, April 28, 2014 – Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today held a press conference with Pennsylvanians who would be directly and negatively impacted by a veto of S.B. 1182, to announce their plans to assemble in the Governor’s Reception Room…

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April 25, 2014

Subject: Leach to Make Major Announcement Monday Regarding the Fight to Pass Medical Cannabis Bill

HARRISBURG, April 25, 2014 – Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today invited members of the press to attend a press conference on Monday, April 28th at 9:30 a.m. in the Capitol’s Main Rotunda. Leach will be joined by Pennsylvanians who would…

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April 23, 2014

Leach, Stack Urge Action on Animal Protection Legislation

ABINGTON TOWNSHIP, April 23, 2014 –State Sens. Mike Stack and Daylin Leach today joined local advocates for animal protection to call for legislative action on bills aimed at banning events, products, and procedures that are inhumane to animals. At a…

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April 17, 2014

Senator Leach Recognizes Two Outstanding Librarians

KING OF PRUSSIA, April 17, 2014 – Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today honored two local librarians at the sixth annual Librarians of the Year celebration held at the American Reading Company in King of Prussia. “I am so pleased to…

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April 8, 2014

Leach Introduces Bill to Expand Disabled Veterans’ Real Estate Tax Exemption Program

HARRISBURG, April 8, 2014 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today joined veterans to unveil his new legislation, Senate Bill 1335, which would expand the existing real estate tax exemption program so that more of Pennsylvania’s military families are eligible.…

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April 7, 2014

Leach to Unveil Bill to Expand Disabled Veterans’ Real Estate Tax Exemption Program

HARRISBURG, April 7, 2014 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today invited members of the press and public to a Veterans Press Conference tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. in the East Wing Rotunda.  The event will focus on Senate Bill 1335,…

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April 4, 2014

Leach’s Bill Would Create Public Financing for Political Campaigns

HARRISBURG, April 4, 2014 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware), today announced plans to introduce a bill that would create a public financing option for state political campaigns. Specifically the legislation would create a Clean Elections Fund to provide participating…

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April 1, 2014

Leach, Stack Introduce Bill to End Tipped Minimum Wage, Raise Minimum Wage

HARRISBURG, April 1, 2014 – In legislative session today, state Sens. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware), and Mike Stack (D-Philadelphia) introduced legislation, S.B. 1317, a bill that would end the allowance of a sub-minimum wage for employees who receive tips and raise…

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April 1, 2014

Leach, Advocates Join to Fight Human Trafficking at Capitol News Conference

HARRISBURG, April 1, 2014 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today joined advocates and other lawmakers to rally for the swift passage of Senate Bill 75, a bill that would provide services to human trafficking survivors. Leach discussed Senate Bill…

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March 31, 2014

Leach to Join Advocates for Human Trafficking Rally

HARRISBURG, March 31, 2014 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today invited members of the press and public to a human trafficking press conference and rally tomorrow at 9:45 a.m. in the Main Rotunda.  The press conference will coincide with…

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March 26, 2014

Sen. Leach Introduces Bill Prohibiting Employment Discrimination Based on Marital or Familial Status

HARRISBURG, March 26, 2014 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) Wednesday unveiled new legislation, S.B. 1295, a bill that would prohibit employment discrimination based on an applicant’s marital or familial status. This bill would make it unlawful for any employer…

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March 24, 2014

Sen. Leach to Introduce Bill Prohibiting Cash Gifts

HARRISBURG, March 24, 2014 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today announced plans to introduce a bill that would prohibit legislators from accepting cash, of any amount, as a personal gift from a registered lobbyist, or anyone else who is…

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March 13, 2014

Leach, Stack Bill Will End Tipped Minimum Wage

PHILADELPHIA, March 13, 2014 – At a news conference on restaurant-heavy Roosevelt Boulevard in Philadelphia today, state Sens. Mike Stack and Daylin Leach announced their intention to introduce legislation that will end the allowance of a sub-minimum wage for employees…

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March 6, 2014

Leach Commends Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce for Supporting Anti-Discrimination Policy

HARRISBURG, March 6, 2014 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today issued a statement commending Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce officials for their support of S.B. 300 and H.B. 300, the anti-discrimination bills that would provide protections to LGBT Pennsylvanians.…

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February 20, 2014

Corbett’s Insurance Plan Needlessly Complex and Inefficient

HARRISBURG, February 20, 2014 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today released a statement in response to Gov. Corbett’s proposal to use billions of Medicaid expansion dollars to enroll Pennsylvanians in private insurance plans. Citing the oft-expressed inefficiencies in Corbett’s…

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February 6, 2014

International Olympic Committee Responds to Pennsylvania LGBT Equality Caucus Letter Requesting Assurances of Safety at Olympic Games

HARRISBURG, February 6, 2014 – As the 2014 Winter Olympics commence in Sochi, Russia, Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today announced that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has responded to a letter sent this winter imploring the committee to ensure that…

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February 6, 2014

Leach Condemns Gov’s Plan to Slash Funding for Epilepsy Support Services

HARRISBURG, February 5, 2014 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today announced his disappointment in a line item found in Gov. Tom Corbett’s 2014-2015 budget that cut funding for an important government service in its entirety. Leach, sponsor of S.B.…

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February 4, 2014

Leach: Was Corbett Visited by the Spirit of Election-Year Pandering?

HARRISBURG, February 4, 2014 – After Gov. Tom Corbett released details about his 2014 budget plan, State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) announced that he believes something strange is afoot. “A quick glance at Gov. Corbett’s proposed budget might have Pennsylvanians…

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January 29, 2014

Bipartisan Medical Cannabis Bill Advances in Senate as Advocates Rally

HARRISBURG, January 28, 2014 – A bill sponsored by Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) and Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Dauphin/Lebanon/York) that would legalize medical cannabis today received a hearing in the Senate Law and Justice Committee as advocates and families gathered at…

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January 17, 2014

Leach: Voter ID Law Ruling Restores Rights to Hundreds of Thousands of Disenfranchised Pennsylvanians

HARRISBURG, January 17, 2014 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today released a statement in response to a Commonwealth Court ruling declaring the Voter ID Law unconstitutional. Leach, who has been a vocal opponent of the law since its inception,…

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January 14, 2014

Bipartisan Medical Cannabis Bill Introduced; Leach Launches ‘Meet the Kids’ Campaign

HARRISBURG, January 14, 2014 – Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) and Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Dauphin/Lebanon/York) today announced that their bipartisan medical cannabis bill, S.B. 1182, has been drafted and introduced in the Pennsylvania Senate. S.B. 1182, the Compassionate Use of Medical…

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January 8, 2014

Leach: Corbett’s Medical Marijuana Statement a Diversion

HARRISBURG, January 8, 2014 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware), sponsor of two medical marijuana bills in the Senate – S.B. 770 and S.B. 1182 – has responded to Gov. Corbett’s recent statement that he would welcome direction on medical…

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January 8, 2014

Leach Criticizes ASA Boycott of Israel, Calls on PA Universities to Reject Decision

KING OF PRUSSIA, January 7, 2014 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today sent a letter to President of the American Studies Association (ASA) Curtiz Marez expressing his dismay at the ASA’s recent decision to boycott Israeli academic institutions. Additionally,…

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January 8, 2014

Leach, Lawmakers Rally for Equality Legislation at Philadelphia City Hall

PHILADELPHIA, January 6, 2014 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) was joined by fellow lawmakers today at a press conference in Philadelphia’s City Hall to rally for LGBT equality and to announce a growing coalition in support of S.B. 719,…

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December 23, 2013

Shark Finning Bill Gains Support From National Wildlife Conservation Group

HARRISBURG, December 23, 2013 – State Sens. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) and Richard Alloway (R-Adams/Franklin/York) today announced that support for Senate Bill 340 is growing and thanked Born Free USA for publically endorsing the bill. S.B. 340, which Leach and Alloway…

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December 20, 2013

Leach Commends Supreme Court on Monumental Act 13 Ruling

HARRISBURG, December 20, 2013 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today commended the Supreme Court on its decision to strike down provisions of Act 13, the oil and gas law that took control out of the hands of municipalities and…

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December 10, 2013

Senate Unanimously Passes Bipartisan Human Trafficking Bill

HARRISBURG, December 10, 2013 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today announced that the state Senate unanimously passed a human trafficking bill that he helped develop, write and introduce. Senate Bill 75, introduced with Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-12), was approved…

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December 6, 2013

An Open Letter from Sen. Daylin Leach to Acting DEP Secretary Abruzzo

Dear Secretary Abruzzo, I received your letter taking issue with the statements I made regarding your testimony before the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee this week. I appreciate your letter and am sorry you feel that your views were…

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December 3, 2013

Leach Announces Progressive Bipartisan Human Trafficking Bill Advances in Senate

HARRISBURG, December 3, 2013 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today announced that human trafficking legislation he has worked on for a number of years is breaking new ground in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Senate Bill 75, which Leach originally…

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December 2, 2013

Leach, Frankel and LGBT Caucus Reach Out to International Olympic Committee

HARRISBURG, December 2, 2013 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) and State Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny), co-chairs of the LGBT Equality Caucus, today submitted a letter to the International Olympic Committee requesting information about the safety procedures in place for…

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November 18, 2013

Leach, Folmer Announce Bipartisan Medical Cannabis Bill at Capitol News Conference Today

HARRISBURG, November 18, 2013 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today held a press conference to announce the introduction of a bill he drafted with Sen. Mike Folmer (R-48) that would legalize the use of medical cannabis in Pennsylvania. “I…

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November 12, 2013

Leach Introduces Alternative Energy Bill to Create Jobs, Protect Environment and Preserve Public Health

HARRISBURG, November 12, 2013 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today unveiled his new legislation that would amend Pennsylvania’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards at a press conference held in the State Capitol Building. “I’d like to thank my colleagues and…

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October 22, 2013

Leach to Introduce Bill Banning Parental Profiling

HARRISBURG, October 22, 2013 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today announced plans to introduce a bill that would ban marital and parental profiling in Pennsylvania. Such profiling occurs when employers ask job applicants about their marital status and whether…

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October 4, 2013

Pa. LGBT Equality Caucus leaders: Corbett incest comparison outrageous

HARRISBURG, Oct. 4 – Leaders of the Pennsylvania legislature’s LGBT Equality Caucus today denounced Gov. Tom Corbett’s comparison of the love of committed same-sex couples to incest. After a public backlash, Corbett previously called “inappropriate” his administration’s legal argument comparing…

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October 3, 2013

Leach Joins Lawmakers to Unveil New Marriage Equality Legislation

PHILADELPHIA, October 3, 2013– State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today joined Reps. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) and Steve McCarter (D-Montgomery/Philadelphia) at a press conference in Philadelphia’s Love Park to announce a new marriage equality bill to be introduced in the House…

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September 17, 2013

Shark Advocacy Groups Announce Support for Shark Finning Bill

HARRISBURG, September 17, 2013 – State Sens. Richard Alloway (R-Adams/Franklin/York) and Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today thanked Fin Free Pennsylvania and Shark Angels for their support of Senate Bill 340, which would ban the sale and possession of shark fins in…

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September 10, 2013

Innovative New Legislation ‘Pays It Forward’ to Pennsylvania Students

HARRISBURG, September 10, 2013 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today introduced a revolutionary piece of legislation that would allow eligible students to attend college in Pennsylvania without worrying about the burdens placed upon them by traditional financial aid. “Statistically,…

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September 3, 2013

5th Annual Kids’ Fair Offers Fun and Excitement to Families of the 17th District

NORRISTOWN, September 3, 2013 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today thanked the families who attended his 5th annual Kids’ Fair and the sponsors who helped make it possible. Mercy Suburban Hospital co-sponsored and provided volunteers for the event held…

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August 27, 2013

Leach Urges Fire and Ambulance Groups to Apply for State Grants

HARRISBURG, August 27, 2013 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today encouraged fire companies and volunteer ambulance services in the 17th District to apply for grants under the 2013-2014 Fire Company, Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program. Run by the Office…

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August 19, 2013

Leach Supports Gay Olympians with Rainbows to Russia Resolution

HARRISBURG, August 19, 2013 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today announced plans to introduce a three-part series of resolutions urging the International Olympic Committee to reverse its position on homosexuality and encouraging Olympic athletes and coaches to support gay…

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August 7, 2013

Leach Introduces Bill to Ease Student Loan Debt

HARRISBURG, August 7, 2013 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today announced plans to introduce a bill that would ease the financial burden on students planning to attend state and state-related universities in Pennsylvania.

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August 6, 2013

Spreading the Word About Shark Finning During Shark Week

HARRISBURG, August 6, 2013 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today encouraged animal advocates to celebrate Discovery Channel’s Shark Week by spreading the word about the shark finning bill he’s teamed up with Sen. Richard Alloway (R-33) to introduce. That…

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August 5, 2013

Leach Introduces Bill to Reduce Plastic Bag Pollution

HARRISBURG, August 5, 2013 –State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today reintroduced a bill that would encourage consumers to shift away from using inefficient plastic shopping bags by imposing a $0.02 fee for each bag provided by a retail establishment. “Plastic…

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July 31, 2013

Sen. Leach’s Annual Kids’ Fair Postponed Until End of August

NORRISTOWN, July 31, 2013 – Due to weather concerns, State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) announced that his 5th annual Kids’ Fair has been rescheduled for Thursday, August 29th. The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at…

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July 29, 2013

Leach Officiates Same-Sex Marriage Ceremony in Montgomery County

AMBLER, July 29, 2013 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware), a longtime supporter of LGBT rights, today presided over a same-sex marriage ceremony at the Talamore Golf Club in Montgomery County. Sen. Daylin Leach officiates a…

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July 18, 2013

Denying Gay Pennsylvanians the Ability to Donate Blood is Discrimination

HARRISBURG, July 18, 2013 – As the American Red Cross announced an emergency request for blood and platelet donors in Philadelphia, State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) called upon the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to rethink its policies on blood…

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July 16, 2013

Leach Welcomes Republicans’ Belated Entrance to Poverty Discussion

HARRISBURG, July 16, 2013 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today reacted to a new poverty awareness plan put forth by House Republicans called the Empowering Opportunities initiative. Supporters of the plan say that it will put a face on…

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July 9, 2013

Leach Applauds Plaintiffs and Lawyers in Freedom to Marry Suit

HARRISBURG, July 9, 2013 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today released a statement of support for the plaintiffs filing a lawsuit that aims to overturn Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage. Leach, the state’s leading progressive and a champion of…

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June 30, 2013

Leach: Budget Does Not Provide For Pennsylvanians

HARRISBURG, June 30, 2013 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) reported that the Senate has passed House Bill 1437, the 2013-2014 budget bill, a piece of legislation that sorely underfunds education, economic development and social services. “This budget bill does little to…

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June 29, 2013

Reported A.G. Budget Cuts Don’t Square with Gov’s Prior Comments

HARRISBURG, June 29, 2013 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today expressed concern over a report that Gov. Corbett plans to cut more than $3 million from the budget of the Office of the Attorney General, despite a previously announced…

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June 29, 2013

Liquor Privatization Bill Should Not Move Forward

HARRISBURG, June 29, 2013 – During the early morning hours Saturday, the state Senate approved an amendment to the GOP-led liquor privatization plan, much to the dismay of State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) and his Democratic colleagues.

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June 26, 2013

Leach: Historic Victory for LGBT Americans

HARRISBURG, June 26, 2013 – The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8, and State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) has released a statement in response to the decision. Leach, a champion…

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June 25, 2013

Leach: Supreme Court’s Decision Troubling

HARRISBURG, June 25, 2013 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today released a statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In his statement, Leach said: “I…

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June 19, 2013

Leach: Liquor Privatization Plan Does Not Offer Solutions

HARRISBURG, June 18, 2013 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today issued a response to a plan offered by Sen. Chuck McIlhiney (R-10) that would privatize wine and liquor stores in Pennsylvania. At today’s press conference, Senate Majority Leader Dominic…

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June 12, 2013

Leach Stands with President on Immigration Reform

HARRISBURG, June 12, 2013 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) yesterday was honored to receive an invitation from President Barack Obama to attend an address calling for immigration reform in the United States. The President urged Congress to act swiftly…

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June 4, 2013

Leach Champions Women’s Reproductive Rights on Senate Floor

HARRISBURG, May 4, 2013 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today championed an important cause on the Senate floor: protecting and preserving women’s access to reproductive care under the health insurance exchange. Leach expressed support for an amendment to House…

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May 22, 2013

Leach: ‘Gay-curing’ Sports Camp Should Rethink its Mission

WYNNEWOOD, May 22, 2013 – State Sen. Daylin Leach today released a statement regarding a sports camp for children and teens in Wynnewood that aims to reduce the incidence of homosexuality in boys. According to a story by philly.com, that…

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May 7, 2013

Leach, Advocates Unveil Human Trafficking Legislation at Capitol Press Conference

HARRISBURG, May 7, 2013 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today joined advocates and other lawmakers to announce two new pieces of legislation that would work to end human trafficking in Pennsylvania.

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May 7, 2013

Sponsorship for Pa. Non-Discrimination Bills Hits New Record; Poll Shows High Support Continues; Major Private-Sector Supporter Signs On

HARRISBURG, May 7 – A record number of state legislators are sponsoring bills that would protect LGBT people from discrimination in Pennsylvania. House Bill 300 and S.B. 300 have a combined 102 sponsors, 77 in the House and 25 in…

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April 19, 2013

Leach Recognizes Two Outstanding Librarians at Awards Ceremony

KING OF PRUSSIA, April 19, 2013 – Sen. Daylin Leach (D- Montgomery/Delaware) today honored two local librarians at the fifth annual Librarians of the Year celebration held at the American Reading Company in King of Prussia. “I am so pleased…

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March 28, 2013

Leach to Introduce Paid Parental Leave Bill

HARRISBURG, March 28, 2013 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today announced plans to introduce legislation that would provide for a more comprehensive parental leave plan in Pennsylvania. The bill would allow parents of newborn children who meet certain criteria…

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March 26, 2013

Leach Urges Supreme Court to End Discrimination Against Same Sex Couples

HARRISBURG, March 26, 2013 – On today’s California Supreme Court hearing to determine the true meaning of marriage, State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) has a message: the time to end discrimination is now. Leach argued that today’s hearing holds a…

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March 25, 2013

Democratic Chair of Senate Judiciary Committee Commends Supreme Court Justice

HARRISBURG, March 25, 2013 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware), Democratic Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today issued a statement commending Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin on her decision to resign from the Court. In his statement, Leach…

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March 13, 2013

Human Trafficking Group to Honor Sen. Leach for Efforts

PHILADELPHIA, March 13, 2013 – A local organization specializing in anti-human trafficking initiatives and care for victims has announced that it will honor Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) for his efforts to stop human trafficking in Pennsylvania at a gala held…

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March 12, 2013

Leach Introduces Bill to Require Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food

HARRISBURG, March 12, 2013 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today held a press conference to announce the introduction of legislation that would require the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) food in Pennsylvania. If passed, Senate Bill 653 would become…

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March 7, 2013

Leach, Advocates Hold Press Conference to Announce Safe Foods Bill

HARRISBURG, March 7, 2013 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today invited members of the media to attend a press conference announcing legislation that would require the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) food in Pennsylvania. The press conference will be…

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March 7, 2013

Nurse-to-patient ratio bills introduced in Pa. House and Senate

HARRISBURG, March 7 – State Rep. Phyllis Mundy and state Sen. Daylin Leach today introduced bills in their respective chambers that would set a minimum number of registered nurses to patients at Pennsylvania hospitals. The ratio would vary depending on…

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March 6, 2013

Video Game Tax Credit Bill Would Create Jobs, Bring in Revenue

HARRISBURG, March 6, 2013 – As lawmakers debate the future of Pennsylvania’s film tax credit program, state Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) has reintroduced a plan that would bring in revenue and create jobs in a brand new market in the…

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March 1, 2013

Leach to Participate in Fact-finding Mission to Israel

HARRISBURG, March 1, 2013 — State Sen. Daylin Leach will join several state legislators on fact-finding mission to Israel March 2 to 9, where they will learn about the issues facing the nation, as well as Israeli customs and culture.…

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February 12, 2013

Shark Finning Bill Unanimously Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee

HARRISBURG, February 12, 2013 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) announced that a bill to ban the possession of illegally-obtained shark fins was unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee today. “Sharks play a vital role in the food chain,…

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February 11, 2013

Leach, Experts Weigh in on Benefits of Legalizing Marijuana at Capitol Press Conference

HARRISBURG, February 11, 2013 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today held a news conference at the State Capitol Building to announce the introduction of his bill that would legalize marijuana in Pennsylvania. Leach was joined by a member of the…

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February 8, 2013

Marijuana Legalization to be Discussed by Sen. Leach, Physician and Law Enforcement Official at Capitol Press Conference

HARRISBURG, February 8, 2013 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today announced plans to hold a marijuana legalization press conference on Monday, February 11 at 2 p.m. in the Capitol Media Center. The press conference will feature representatives from the…

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February 8, 2013

Leach Commends Attorney General on Closing Florida Loophole

PHILADELPHIA, February 8, 2013 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today praised Attorney General Kathleen Kane for her announcement that she will close the Florida Loophole here in Pennsylvania. Leach, who has been working for several years to close the…

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February 4, 2013

Pennsylvania Can Do Better for Schools and Students

HARRISBURG, February 4, 2013 – On Friday, Gov. Tom Corbett announced that his budget proposal will include level funding for state and state-related universities in Pennsylvania, but state Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) has pointed out that “level funding”, in fact,…

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February 1, 2013

Legalizing Marijuana Could Bring in Millions for Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, February 1, 2013 – As Gov. Corbett lays the groundwork to privatize Pennsylvania’s liquor stores and fund education this year with the revenue raised, Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) has offered an alternative plan: legalize marijuana and generate a constant…

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January 31, 2013

New Poll Shows Support for Marriage Equality Building in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, January 31, 2013 – A newly released Quinnipiac poll has shed new light on Pennsylvanians’ views on marriage equality, said Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) in a statement released today. That poll, conducted earlier this month, concluded that although Pennsylvania…

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January 22, 2013

Human Trafficking Day Resolution Unanimously Passes Senate

HARRISBURG, January 22, 2013 – Today, on the first day of the 2013 legislative session, a resolution introduced by State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) recognizing Human Trafficking Awareness Day unanimously passed the Senate. The resolution designated January 11, 2013 as…

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January 22, 2013

Leach Announces New Minority Executive Director for Senate Judiciary Committee

HARRISBURG, January 22, 2013 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today announced the appointment of a new Minority Executive Director for the Senate Judiciary Committee. Leach serves as the Democratic Chairman of the committee. The new Minority Executive Director, Zachary…

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January 16, 2013

Leach: Marijuana Interview Now Available Online

HARRISBURG, January 16, 2013 – This morning, State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) was the featured guest on WITF’s “Smart Talk” with host Scott Lamar. The show focused primarily on Leach’s legislation to legalize marijuana but also touched on other progressive…

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January 9, 2013

Leach Reappointed Chairman of Important Senate Committee

HARRISBURG, January 9, 2013 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) was honored today to be named the Minority Chairman of the Judiciary Committee for his second term in the Pennsylvania Senate.

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January 8, 2013

Leach to Participate in Gun Control Forum

HARRISBURG, January 7, 2013 — State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today announced that he will join Central Pennsylvania-based grassroots organization Harrisburg Hope at a community forum about gun violence on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg.…

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January 1, 2013

Leach Sworn into Office for Second Senate Term

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…

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December 17, 2012

Leach: We Must Act Now to Prevent Future Tragedies

HARRISBURG, December 17, 2012 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today released a statement about the tragic events that unfolded Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Sen. Leach said: “As we reflect on the awful tragedy of…

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November 14, 2012

Sen. Leach Responds to Article Alleging Congressional District Maps Reflect PA Voters

Dear Mr. Comisac: I read with interest your article in today’s Capitolwire (pasted below). Since I was criticized and called a series of names in the article, I have taken the liberty of writing, and publishing this reply. Before I…

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November 13, 2012

Leach: Contorted Redistricting Produces Skewed Results

HARRISBURG, Nov. 13, 2012 — State Sen. Daylin Leach today renewed his call for redistricting reform, following an election where there were eight fewer Democrats elected to Congress from Pennsylvania than Republicans despite Democratic Party candidates earning 75,870 more votes…

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October 30, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Update

Absentee ballot deadline extended in Pennsylvania as state recovers from this massive storm. Harrisburg, October 30, 2012 – (9:20 a.m.) Gov. Tom Corbett provided additional details on how Pennsylvania is dealing with Hurricane Sandy earlier today at a briefing held at…

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October 25, 2012

Human Trafficking and B-Corps Bills Become Law

HARRISBURG, October 25, 2012 – Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) announced that two companion bills to legislation he sponsored in the Senate have been signed into law by Gov. Corbett. H.B. 235 calls for the posting of a human trafficking hotline…

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October 18, 2012

Human Trafficking Hotline Bill to Become Pennsylvania Law

HARRISBURG, October 18, 2012 – Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) announced that a companion bill to his human trafficking hotline bill, which was approved by both the House and Senate yesterday, is on its way to the governor’s desk to be…

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October 17, 2012

Human Trafficking Hotline Bill Unanimously Passes Senate

HARRISBURG, October 17, 2012 – Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) announced that a companion bill to his human trafficking hotline bill, Senate Bill 338, was unanimously approved by the state Senate today. “The fight against human trafficking is something I have…

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October 17, 2012

B-Corps Legislation Heads to Governor’s Desk

HARRISBURG, October 17, 2012 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) announced that a bill allowing businesses to incentivize corporate activism has been approved by the legislature and is headed to the governor’s desk to be signed into law. The bill…

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October 3, 2012

Human Trafficking Hotline Bill Unanimously Passes House of Representatives

HARRISBURG, October 3, 2012 – Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) announced that a companion bill to his human trafficking hotline bill, Senate Bill 338, yesterday unanimously passed a House of Representatives vote. “I am thrilled that the human trafficking hotline bill…

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October 2, 2012

Leach Urges Administration to Explain Voter ID Changes to Pennsylvanians

HARRISBURG, October 2, 2012 – Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware), in response to today’s decision of the Commonwealth Court to enjoin Voter ID for at least the 2012 election, said the following: “While I am elated that hundreds of thousands of…

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September 28, 2012

Leach Reacts to Stay of Execution Ruling in Philadelphia Murder Case

HARRISBURG, September 28, 2012 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today issued a statement reacting to a Common Pleas Court’s decision to stay the execution of a convicted Philadelphia man. That man, Terrance Williams, was found guilty in a 1986…

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September 25, 2012

Leach, Advocates Urge Passage of Human Trafficking Bills

HARRISBURG, September 25, 2012 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today teamed up with other lawmakers and advocates at a press conference to urge the passage of legislation aimed at ending the practice of human trafficking in Pennsylvania. “We’ve…

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September 18, 2012

Leach Cautiously Optimistic About Supreme Court Voter ID Ruling

HARRISBURG, September 18, 2012 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) reacted to today’s Supreme Court decision on the Voter ID law, in which the court sent the case back to the Commonwealth Court for reconsideration. The Supreme Court ruled 4-2…

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August 24, 2012

Leach: Inaccurate Story Helped Voter ID Bill’s Passage

HARRISBURG, August 24, 2012 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) issued a statement in response to another misrepresented voter fraud claim made public by the media today. Today’s Philadelphia Inquirer article told the story of a legislator whose remarks on the…

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August 9, 2012

Leach, Advocates Raising Human Trafficking Awareness through Statewide Billboard Campaign

PHILADELPHIA, August 9, 2012 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today teamed up with human trafficking advocates and concerned corporate partners to announce the launch of a new, statewide human trafficking awareness billboard campaign. More than 50 billboards around the state…

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August 3, 2012

Leach: 2012 Kids’ Fair a Success

NORRISTOWN, August 3, 2012 – Residents of the 17th Senatorial District joined the animals for a “wildly” good time last night at the 4th Annual Kids’ Fair, held at the Elmwood Park Zoo. The event was hosted by State Sen.…

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August 1, 2012

LEACH: Thousands of Children’s Anti-Bullying Guides Now Available

Guides produced with the help of DCED grant  NORRISTOWN, August 1, 2012 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) and the Norristown Initiative have taken a stand against bullying in the community with the help of a Department of Community and…

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July 23, 2012

Leach: Commonwealth ‘Not Aware of’ any Voter Fraud Incidents

HARRISBURG, July 23, 2012 – In a stipulation just released, attorneys for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania allege that there have been no known cases of voter fraud committed in the state and that they cannot offer evidence proving otherwise. State…

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July 19, 2012

Leach to Introduce Bill Repealing Voter ID Law, Increasing Voter Impersonation Penalties

HARRISBURG, July 19, 2012 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today announced plans to introduce a bill that would repeal the Voter ID bill recently signed into law by Gov. Corbett. The bill would also double the current penalties for…

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June 28, 2012

Leach: Supreme Court Decision Healthy for Americans

HARRISBURG, June 28, 2012 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) released a statement in response to today’s historic Supreme Court decision upholding the federal Affordable Care Act. Leach said: “Finally, we can put to rest misguided notion that the Constitution…

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June 26, 2012

Democratic Lawmakers React to Top Republican’s Voter ID Comments

HARRISBURG, June 26, 2012 — Senate Democratic lawmakers today said a top state Republican’s recent comments on Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law reveal the Republicans’ intention for the law — disenfranchising voters. “One of the pillars of this nation is…

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June 25, 2012

Leach Responds to Turzai Voter ID Remarks

HARRISBURG, June 25, 2012 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) responded to a statement made by House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) this weekend at the Republican State Committee meeting. As he listed his party’s recent legislative accomplishments, Turzai said,…

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February 8, 2012

Leach Reacts to Impact Fee Passage and Budget Address

HARRISBURG, February 7, 2012 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) released statements about today’s events, including the Senate passage of House Bill 1950 and Governor Corbett’s budget address. House Bill 1950 would, if signed into law, impose an impact fee…

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January 23, 2012

Leach: Bipartisan Meeting Addresses Chester-Upland Crisis

HARRISBURG, January 23, 2011 — Senator Daylin Leach, (D-Delaware/Montgomery) announced this morning that a bipartisan and bicameral group of legislators met with Governor Corbett and Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis to address the potential closure of the schools in…

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December 15, 2011

Leach Commends Senate for Appoval of Measure to Study Capital Punishment System

HARRISBURG, DECEMBER 15, 2011 – Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) announced that the state Senate yesterday adopted S.R. 6, a measure that would create a bipartisan task force and advisory committee to study the capital punishment system in Pennsylvania.

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December 5, 2011

New Episode of Your Pennsylvania Featuring DEP Secretary Now Online

HARRISBURG, December 5, 2011 — State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) today announced that a new episode of the podcast series Your Pennsylvania has been posted to www.senatorleach.com and iTunes. The highly-acclaimed series highlights the issues, programs and people important to…

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November 7, 2011

Leach: 2011 Senior Expo Informative and Fun for Local Residents

PLYMOUTH MEETING, November 7, 2011 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/ Montgomery) announced the success of his 3rd annual senior expo held Friday, November 4th at the Greater Plymouth Community Center in Plymouth Meeting

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October 26, 2011

Leach BCORP Legislation Unanimously Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee

HARRISBURG, October 26, 2011 — State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) announced that yesterday his landmark legislation that would change the structure of business in Pennsylvania was unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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October 25, 2011

Leach Host Gaming Marathon and Reception to Bring Video Game Industry to PA

KING OF PRUSSIA, October 25, 2011 — State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/ Montgomery) recently promoted his new job creating video game production legislation in Pennsylvania by hosting local employees of the gaming industry for the ExtraLife Video Game marathon. That…

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October 18, 2011

Human Trafficking Legislation Approved by Senate Committee

HARRISBURG, October 18, 2011 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) today held a press conference to announce the approval of his human trafficking hotline bill by the Senate Labor and Industry Committee.

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September 26, 2011

Leach Announces Success of Third Annual Veterans’ Trip

KING OF PRUSSIA, September 26, 2011 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/ Montgomery) today thanked the veterans of the 17th Senatorial District and their families for attending his Veteran’s Trip on Friday, September 23, and event co-sponsor New Horizons Senior…

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September 21, 2011

Leach Thanks Santorum for Truth About Electoral College

HARRISBURG, September 21, 2011 – Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Delaware/Montgomery, today applauded Rick Santorum for his remarks about the electoral vote-splitting plan and its potential impact on Pennsylvanians, and encouraged Gov. Corbett to come clean about the intentions behind the bill

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September 20, 2011

Leach, Good Government Leaders Hold Press Conference in Response to Electoral Vote-Splitting Plan

HARRISBURG, September 20, 2011 – State Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Delaware/Montgomery, and a group of non-partisan Good Government leaders today held a press conference challenging Sen. Pileggi’s recently introduced electoral vote-splitting bill that would dramatically change the way elections are held…

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August 25, 2011

Newest Episode of Your Pennsylvania Available on ITunes

HARRISBURG, August 25, 2011 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) today announced the latest episode of the podcast series “Your Pennsylvania” has been posted to www.senatorleach.com and iTunes. The highly-acclaimed series highlights the issues, programs and people important to the…

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August 24, 2011

Leach Introduces Bill Calling for Newborn Congenital Heart Screening

HARRISBURG, August 24, 2011 – State Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Delaware/Montgomery, who recently introduced legislation that would mandate all newborn babies be tested for congenital heart disease, today announced the release of a report endorsing that plan. The bill, Senate Bill…

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July 20, 2011

Newest Episode of Your Pennsylvania Available on ITunes

HARRISBURG, July 20, 2011 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) today announced the latest episode of the podcast series, “Your Pennsylvania”, has been posted to www.senatorleach.com and iTunes. The series, highly-acclaimed by listeners, highlights the important work and interesting stories…

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June 29, 2011

Leach: Budget May Have Been Passed on Time, but it’s Bad for Pennsylvanians

HARRISBURG, June 29, 2011 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) announced the passage of H.B. 1485, the 2011-2012 budget vehicle, through the state Senate last night. Leach added that despite its passage, he voted “no” on the bill.

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June 27, 2011

Leach Congratulates New York Lawmakers on Marriage Equality Passage

HARRISBURG, June 27, 2011 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery), Pennsylvania’s champion for marriage equality and LGBT rights, today offered his congratulations to lawmakers in New York state who recently approved a measure legalizing same sex marriage.

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June 21, 2011

Newest Episode of Your Pennsylvania Available on iTunes

HARRISBURG, June 21, 2011 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) today announced the fourth episode of the podcast series, “Your Pennsylvania”, has been posted to www.senatorleach.com and iTunes. The series, highly-acclaimed by listeners, highlights the important work and interesting stories…

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June 7, 2011

Leach, Senate Dems Call for Restored Arts Funding

HARRISBURG, June 7, 2011 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) today joined his colleagues from the General Assembly and representatives from arts alliances to protest the proposed cuts to arts programs under the House Republican-backed budget bill.

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June 1, 2011

Leach Hosts Student Art Gallery Reception for Local Students

KING OF PRUSSIA, June 1, 2011 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) recently held a reception to honor local high school students whose artwork will be displayed at his King of Prussia office as part of a rotating student art…

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May 20, 2011

Newest Episode of Your Pennsylvania Available on iTunes

HARRISBURG, May 20, 2011 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) today announced the third episode of the podcast series, “Your Pennsylvania”, has been posted to www.senatorleach.com and iTunes. The series, highly-acclaimed by listeners, highlights the important work and interesting stories…

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May 12, 2011

Leach Presented Legislative Leadership Award by Local Transportation Association

KING OF PRUSSIA, May 12, 2011 – Last night, State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) was awarded the Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association (GVF) 2011 Legislative Leadership Award. GVF chose Leach as this year’s recipient to commend him on his…

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May 9, 2011

Leach Announces $1.5M in Grant Funding For Local Water Projects

KING OF PRUSSIA, May 9, 2011 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) today announced the 17th District will receive more than $1.5 million in grant funding for water and sewage construction, maintenance and repair projects.

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May 4, 2011

Leach Joins Lobby Day to Oppose Anti-Immigrant Legislation

HARRISBURG, May 4, 2011 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) today spoke at a press conference condemning anti-immigrant bills currently pending in the Legislature.

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April 20, 2011

Second Episode of Your Pennsylvania Available on ITunes

HARRISBURG, April 20, 2011 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) today announced the second episode of the podcast series, “Your Pennsylvania”, has been posted to www.senatorleach.com and iTunes. The series, which premiered last month, highlights the important work and interesting…

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April 15, 2011

Senator Leach Recognizes Two Local Librarians at Awards Ceremony

KING OF PRUSSIA, April 15, 2011 – Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) today presented awards to two local librarians at the third annual Librarians of the Year awards celebration held at the American Reading Company in King of Prussia.

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April 15, 2011

Leach Speaks Out Against Harmful Public Education Legislation

HARRISBURG, April 5, 2011 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) expressed his extreme disappointment in the package of bills reported out of the Senate Education and Finance committees today. The bills, heralded as a package of “mandate relief” legislation, are…

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April 14, 2011

Leach, Senate Democrats Propose Money-Saving Budget Alternative

HARRISBURG, April 14, 2011 – State Sen. Daylin Leach today announced a cost-saving budget plan proposed by Senate Democrats that could save the Commonwealth $1.14 billion and restore funding to education, health care and human services.

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April 12, 2011

Leach Reacts to Study Claiming Shale Gases More Harmful than Coal and Oil

HARRISBURG, April 12, 2011 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) today released a statement responding to a new study that found the greenhouse gas emissions produced by Marcellus Shale drilling could be higher and more dangerous than previously thought.

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April 11, 2011

Leach Joins Coalition Opposing School Vouchers at Capitol Press Conference

HARRISBURG, April 11, 2011 – Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) today joined the Pennsylvanians Opposed to Vouchers coalition for a press conference laying out opposition to the voucher plan under Senate Bill 1.

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March 21, 2011

Governor’s Proposed Budget Plan is Not the Answer

HARRISBURG, March 21, 2011 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) today announced the launch of a new podcast series, “Your Pennsylvania”, highlighting the important work and interesting stories of workers around the state.

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March 8, 2011

Governor’s Proposed Budget Plan is Not the Answer

Dear Constituent: I want to update you regarding my views of the budget Governor Corbett proposed yesterday. There were components of it I agreed with, such as retaining the film tax credit which is so important to our district, and…

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February 14, 2011

Leach, Cohen Celebrate Freedom Week with LGBT Advocates and Supporters

HARRISBURG, February 14, 2011 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) today held a press conference in Harrisburg to celebrate LGBT Freedom Week and to push for the passage of equality legislation.

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February 7, 2011

Leach Unveils Legislation to Change Business Structures in PA, Creates New Class of Corporation

HARRISBURG, February 7, 2011 – State Sen. Daylin Leach today held a press conference unveiling landmark new legislation that would change the structure of business in Pennsylvania by creating a new class of corporation.

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February 1, 2011

Leach Announces Sock Drive for Homeless, Designates “National Socks for the Homeless Day”

HARRISBURG, February 1, 2011 — State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) today kicked off a sock drive for the homeless at his Harrisburg office and announced plans to offer a resolution designating February 14 as “National Socks for the Homeless Day”.

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January 25, 2011

Leach, Advocates Participate in Lobby Day to End Human Trafficking

HARRISBURG, January 25, 2011 – Today, State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/ Montgomery) joined advocates from Polaris Project, Covenant House PA and citizen activists for the Pennsylvania Lobby Day to End Human Trafficking at the State Capitol Building in Harrisburg.

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January 24, 2011

Leach Announces PA Lobby Day to End Human Trafficking

HARRISBURG, January 24, 2011 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) today invited members of the press and public to attend the Pennsylvania Lobby Day to End Human Trafficking tomorrow in Harrisburg.

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January 20, 2011

Leach to Play Key Role in PA Progressive Summit this Weekend

PITTSBURGH, January 20, 2011 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) today announced plans to participate in the Pennsylvania Progressive Summit, to be held this weekend at the Sheraton Station Square in Pittsburgh.

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January 11, 2011

Leach Announces PA Lobby Day to End Human Trafficking

HARRISBURG, January 11, 2011 – Today, in honor of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) announced his participation in the Pennsylvania Lobby Day to End Human Trafficking on Tuesday, January 25 in Harrisburg.

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January 10, 2011

Leach Announces Essay Contest for Students in the 17th

HARRISBURG, January 10, 2011 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) today announced plans for his first annual eighth-grade essay contest for students living in the 17th District.

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December 22, 2010

Leach Urges Governor-Elect to Uphold Humane Execution Standards

HARRISBURG, December 22, 2010 – With the start of a new legislative session under a new governor little more than a month away, Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/ Montgomery) released the details of an agreement he reached with the Pennsylvania Department…

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December 21, 2010

Leach Invites Local Businesses to Join Anti-Trafficking Efforts

KING OF PRUSSIA, December 21, 2010 – Last week, Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) mailed letters to all massage parlors, spas, bars, adult entertainment clubs, and hotel and motels in the 17th District asking them to voluntarily post the National Human…

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December 16, 2010

Sen. Leach Teams up with Local Leaders, Businesses for Women’s Health Panel

PHILADELPHIA, December 16, 2010 – Last night, Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/ Montgomery) joined WHYY, Raising Women’s Voices of Southeastern PA and other area lawmakers to host a legislative panel discussing women’s health issues. Reps. Tim Briggs, Vanessa Lowery Brown, Josh…

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November 1, 2010

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is Now Accepting Applications

 November 1, 2010 – Starting Nov. 1, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has expanded. This means that nearly 533,376 Pennsylvanians will be eligible for the program and may be able to receive assistance with home heating bills this…

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November 1, 2010

Now Accepting Interns for the Spring 2011 Semester

Are you interested in the world of Pennsylvania politics and public policy? Would you like to make a difference in your community? Are you hard-working, motivated and open to new opportunities? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions,…

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October 28, 2010

Women’s Lecture Series on Human Trafficking a Success

BRYN MAWR, October 18, 2010 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) today expressed pride in the success of his second Women’s Lecture Series panel discussion held Saturday in Bryn Mawr.

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October 27, 2010

Leach Collecting Items to Donate to Local Nonprofit Groups

KING OF PRUSSIA, October 27, 2010 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/ Montgomery) today announced that his King of Prussia office will collect items for donation to two well-renowned nonprofit organizations.

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September 27, 2010

Second Annual Senior Exercise Expo a Success

PLYMOUTH MEETING, September 27, 2010 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/ Montgomery) today thanked residents of the 17th Senatorial District who attended his 2nd annual Senior Exercise Expo last Friday, September 24th .

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August 26, 2010

Leach and Briggs Secure $1.57 Million For Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT, August 26, 2010 – On Tuesday, State Representative Tim Briggs (D-Montgomery) presented Bridgeport Borough Council with a check for $1.57 million in grant money to make much needed improvements to the borough’s sewage system.

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August 13, 2010

Rain Doesn’t Damper Spirits at Sen. Leach’s Kid’s Fair

HARRISBURG, August 13, 2010 – – Unwelcome storms incessantly passed through state Sen. Daylin Leach’s 2nd Annual Kids’ Fair yesterday afternoon, but the weather did not dampen the spirits of the many children running around Elmwood Park Zoo.

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July 13, 2010

Leach Announces $700K Clean Energy Grant Awarded to Two Montgomery County Schools

HARRISBURG, July 13, 2010 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) is happy to announce thatthe Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) has approved a grant to install solar panels at two deserving schools in the 17th Legislative District.

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July 6, 2010

Bill to Prevent Shackling Pregnant Prisoners Signed by Governor

HARRISBURG, July 6, 2010 – After unanimously passing both chambers of the state General Assembly, a bill introduced by Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) that bans the practice of shackling pregnant prisoners has been signed into law by Gov. Ed Rendell.

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June 29, 2010

Bill to Prevent Shackling Pregnant Prisoners Passes House Unanimously – Now Goes to Governor

HARRISBURG, June 29, 2010 – Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) announced today that his bill to prevent the shackling of pregnant prisoners has passed unanimously in the State House of Representatives, and now awaits the Governor’s signature.

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May 13, 2010

Sen. Leach Attends Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for New Turnpike Service Plaza

KING OF PRUSSIA, May 13, 2010 – This week, Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/ Montgomery) attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the first newly designed Turnpike Service Plaza in the Philadelphia area. The King of Prussia plaza is located near the Norristown…

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May 4, 2010

Leach Introduces Medical Marijuana Bill

HARRISBURG, May 4, 2010 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montogomery) today at a Capitol press conference announced the introduction of legislation to permit medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.

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May 3, 2010

Sen. Leach to Introduce Bill Reinforcing Pennsylvania Immigration

HARRISBURG, May 3, 2010 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) today announced plans to introduce a bill that would reinforce the appropriate role of Pennsylvania’s law enforcement resources in enforcing federal immigration policy. The bill comes in direct response to…

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April 21, 2010

Bill to Prevent Shackling Pregnant Prisoners Approved by House Judiciary Committee

HARRISBURG, April 21, 2010 – Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) expressed gratitude that his bill to prevent the shackling of pregnant prisoners was unanimously approved by the House Judiciary Committee at a committee meeting yesterday.

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April 16, 2010

Sen. Leach Presents Librarians of the Year Awards

KING OF PRUSSIA, April 16, 2010 – Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Delaware/Montgomery, today presented the Librarians of the Year awards to two notable librarians in the 17th district for their contributions to the public school and public library systems.

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April 15, 2010

Sen. Leach to Present Librarians of the Year Awards to Two Outstanding Local Librarians

KING OF PRUSSIA, April 15, 2010 – Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Delaware/Montgomery, today announced the date of his second annual Librarians of the Year awards celebration, set for Friday, April 16.

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March 25, 2010

Leach: Marriage Equality Debate a Success

HARRISBURG, March 25, 2010– State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) announced the success of last night’s marriage equality debate against Maggie Gallagher from the National Organization for Marriage, an organization that believes that traditional marriage will suffer if same sex couples…

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March 24, 2010

Senate and House Democrats Respond to Corbett’s Federal Health Care Lawsuit

HARRISBURG, March 24, 2010 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) and State Rep. Tim Briggs (D-Montgomery) were today joined by their colleagues from both chambers at a news conference to respond to Attorney General Tom Corbett’s federal health care lawsuit.

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March 17, 2010

Bill to Prevent Shackling Pregnant Prisoners Unanimously Passes Senate

HARRISBURG, March 17, 2010 – The state Senate today unanimously passed a bill introduced by Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) that would prevent the shackling of pregnant prisoners in Pennsylvania during labor and delivery.

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March 16, 2010

Leach Introduces Bill to Repeal Death Penalty

HARRISBURG, March 16, 2010 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) announced at a Capitol press conference today that he has introduced legislation that would repeal the use of capital punishment in Pennsylvania.

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March 16, 2010

Senate Judiciary Committee Defeats Marriage Amendment

HARRISBURG, March 16, 2010 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) announced that the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning defeated a bill that would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman only.

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March 15, 2010

Sen. Leach Introduces Bill to Improve Access to Eating Disorder Treatments

HARRISBURG, March 15, 2010 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) today held a press conference to announce the introduction of a bill that would provide better access to treatment for the thousands of Pennsylvanians who suffer from eating disorders.

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March 8, 2010

Leach: Second Annual Good Government Seminar a Success

RADNOR, March 8, 2010 – Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) today thanked the students, teachers and local public officials who joined him at Cabrini College for his Second Annual Good Government Seminar on Friday.

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February 24, 2010

Leach Announces Mini-Grants Available to Autistic Individuals

KING OF PRUSSIA, FEB. 24, 2010 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) today announced that children and adults living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families can now take advantage of available mini-grants offered by the state. Autism is…

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February 22, 2010

Sen. Leach’s First Women’s Lecture Series Event a Success

BRYN MAWR, February 22, 2010 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) announced the success of his first Women’s Lecture Series panel discussion on eating disorder awareness and health reform held this weekend in Bryn Mawr.

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February 16, 2010

Sen. Leach to Host Women’s Lecture Series About Eating Disorder Awareness

HARRISBURG, February 16, 2010 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) announced that he will host his first Women’s Lecture Series panel discussion on eating disorder awareness and health reform Saturday, February 20. The event will be held at the Bryn…

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February 4, 2010

Leach to Participate in Freedom to Marry

HARRISBURG, February 4, 2010 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) today announced that he will participate in upcoming Freedom to Marry Week events, and will host a 3 p.m. press conference on Monday, February 8.

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January 26, 2010

Bill to Prevent Shackling Pregnant Prisoners Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee

HARRISBURG, January 26, 2010 – Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) expressed gratitude that his bill to prevent the shackling of pregnant prisoners was unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee at a committee meeting today.

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January 25, 2010

Sen. Leach Attends Ludington Library Renovation Groundbreaking

LOWER MERION, January 25, 2010 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/ Montgomery) this weekend attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the Ludington Library Renovation Project. The renovation, which will add 10,400 square feet to the library, will also finish essential maintenance…

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January 22, 2010

Senate Judiciary Committee to Consider Bill to Prevent Shackling Pregnant Prisoners

HARRISBURG, January 22, 2010 – Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/ Montgomery) announced that his bill to prevent the shackling of pregnant prisoners will be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee when it convenes Tuesday.

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January 7, 2010

Leach: Table Games Bill Set for Enactment

HARRISBURG, January 7, 2010 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/ Montgomery) today said he was pleased with legislative passage of a bill that will enable Pennsylvania casinos to offer table games and, ultimately, balance the state budget without a general…

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January 6, 2010

Leach Makes International News with Legislation to Prevent Shackling Pregnant Prisoners

HARRISBURG, January 6, 2010 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/ Montgomery) made headlines across the pond this morning with a BBC News report on his bill that would prohibit the shackling of pregnant prisoners in Pennsylvania correctional facilities.

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November 23, 2009

Sen. Leach Recognizes Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

NORRISTOWN, November 23, 2009 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/ Montgomery) recognized the plight of hunger and homelessness last weekend by visiting a local soup kitchen to donate his time and services, as well as all of the eggs and…

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November 20, 2009

Sen. Leach Welcomes Gov. Rendell’s Support for Reform

HARRISBURG, November 20, 2009 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) today welcomed Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell’s commitment to reforming state government.

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November 12, 2009

Sen. Leach Posts Second Episode of Podcast Series

HARRISBURG, November 12, 2009 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) today announced the second episode of LeachCast – a podcast highlighting the issues important to the 17th District and Pennsylvania – is ready for streaming and downloading only on iTunes…

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November 10, 2009

Leach: Montgomery County Granted Renewable Energy Loan

NARBERTH, November 10, 2009 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) today announced that the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) has approved funding to install a geothermal heating and cooling system in the Brenton Hall apartment building located in Narberth, Montgomery County.

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November 9, 2009

November is “Government Reform Month”

November is “Government Reform Month” here at www.senatorleach.com. There are so many opportunities for us to change Pennsylvania for the better, but before we can begin we need to ensure that we have a healthy political system. Currently, several problems…

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November 5, 2009

Sen. Leach Introduces Bill to Improve Access to Eating Disorder Treatments

HARRISBURG, November 5, 2009 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) today introduced a bill that would provide better access to treatment for the thousands of Pennsylvanians who suffer from eating disorders.

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November 4, 2009

Leach, Rendell Open Improved DeKalb Street Bridge

BRIDGEPORT, November 4, 2009 – Last weekend, state Senator Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) and Governor Ed Rendell teamed up for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the new DeKalb Street Bridge in Bridgeport, Montgomery County.

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October 22, 2009

Sen. Leach Announces First Episode in New Podcast Series

HARRISBURG, October 22, 2009 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) today announced the first episode of LeachCast – a podcast highlighting the issues important to the 17th District and Pennsylvania – is ready for streaming and downloading only on www.senatorleach.com.

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October 9, 2009

Leach: Senate Passes Table Games Bill

HARRISBURG, October 9, 2009 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) today said he was pleased with the Senate’s passage of legislation (Senate Bill 1033) that would enable Pennsylvania casinos to offer table games.

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October 9, 2009

Leach: Bridgeport Post Office to Remain Open

NORRISTOWN, October 9, 2009 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) announced that the Bridgeport Retail Unit, a branch of the Norristown Post Office, will remain open for business after a consolidation review by the United States Postal Service.

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October 6, 2009

Sen. Leach Congratulates National Blue Ribbon Award winner Epiphany of Our Lord School

PLYMOUTH MEETING, October 6, 2009 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/ Montgomery) proudly acknowledged that Epiphany of Our Lord School in Plymouth Meeting was recently honored with the 2009 National Blue Ribbon School Award. Epiphany of Our Lord was one…

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September 28, 2009

Sen. Leach Joins Members of the Arts Community to Protest Proposed “Arts Tax”

PHILADELPHIA, September 28, 2009 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) joined Sens. Larry Farnese and Mike Stack (D-Phila.), Philadelphia art students, and members of the theatrical union Actors Equity to speak out against the proposed “arts tax” in the tentatively…

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September 8, 2009

Sen. Leach to Host Employment Resource Symposium

NORRISTOWN, September 8, 2009 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/ Montgomery) will host an Employment Resource Symposium on Thursday, September 10 at 9 a.m. at the George Washington Carver Center in Norristown.

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September 2, 2009

Leach Stands with Gov. Rendell to Call for Education Funding

NORRISTOWN, September 2, 2009 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/ Montgomery) today stood with Gov. Rendell and other southeastern lawmakers to call for adequate education funding in this year’s budget.

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August 25, 2009

Mosquito Spraying Continues this Week in Conshohocken

CONSHOHOCKEN, August 25, 2009 – Last month, the Department of Environmental Protection, in coordinated effort with local county health departments, began spraying areas in the 17th District to control the mosquito population and subsequent threat of the West Nile virus.…

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August 20, 2009

Leach: Senate Republican Attempt to Override Governor’s Line Item Vetoes Fails

HARRISBURG, August 20, 2009 – Yesterday’s attempt by Senate Republicans to override Gov. Rendell’s vetoes on spending items failed with a vote of 30-19, three votes short of the amount needed for the two-thirds majority that would override a gubernatorial…

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August 10, 2009

Leach, Senate Democrats call for Action on Bill that would Prevent Economic Fallout in Philadelphia

HARRISBURG, August 10, 2009 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) today stood alongside members of the Philadelphia Senate Delegation, other fellow Senate Democrats, and members of the Fraternal Order of Police to urge the prompt Senate passage of legislation that…

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July 28, 2009

Mosquito Spraying Taking Place this Week in King of Prussia

KING OF PRUSSIA, July 28, 2009 – Earlier this month, the Department of Environmental Protection, in coordinated effort with local county health departments, began spraying areas in the 17th District to control the mosquito population and subsequent threat of the…

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July 22, 2009

Leach Announces Funding for Local Water Improvement Project

KING OF PRUSSIA, JULY 22, 2009 — State Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Delaware/Montgomery, today announced significant state funding to increase water quality and improve environmental education at Villanova University.

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July 21, 2009

“No Billboards in Haverford” Asks Residents of Haverford Township to Sign Anti-Billboard Petition

HAVERFORD, July 21 – “No Billboards in Haverford”, a grass-roots organization comprised of citizens of Haverford Township, wants to encourage opposition to the pending construction of large billboards in their community.

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July 15, 2009

Mosquito Spraying Taking Place this Week in Delaware, Montgomery Counties

LOWER MERION, July 15, 2009 — Last week, the Department of Environmental Protection in coordinated effort with local county health departments, began spraying areas in the 17th District to control the mosquito population and subsequent threat of the West Nile…

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July 14, 2009

Sen. Leach Announces Funding for Montgomery County Infrastructure

HARRISBURG, July 14, 2009 – State Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Delaware/Montgomery, today announced $5.1 million in state grant funds for sewer projects in Montgomery County.

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July 11, 2009

Sen. Leach, Supporters Gather for Same-Sex Marriage Press Conference

HARRISBURG, July 8, 2009 – State Sen. Daylin Leach, Delaware/ Montgomery, today gathered with supporters at the Capitol Building to introduce Senate Bill 935 which would offer full and equal marriage rights to same-sex couples in Pennsylvania. Under the bill,…

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June 29, 2009

Sen. Leach to Hold Press Conference at Captol Building for Proposed Same-Sex Marriage Bill

HARRISBURG, June 29, 2009 – Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Delaware/Montgomery, today announced plans to hold a press conference in Harrisburg to gain support for a bill he introduced that would offer full and equal marriage rights to same-sex couples in Pennsylvania.…

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June 11, 2009

Sen. Leach Celebrates National Pet Adoption Month with First Annual Dog Park Day

Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) will host his first annual Dog Park Day to celebrate “National Pet Adoption Month” on June 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Harford Park, 260 Gulph Creek Road, Radnor, PA 19087.

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May 27, 2009

Sen. Leach to Introduce Bill Providing For Full, Equal Marriage Rights to Pennsylvania’s Same-Sex Couples

HARRISBURG, May 27, 2009 – Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Delaware/Montgomery, today announced plans to introduce a bill that would offer full and equal marriage rights to same-sex couples in Pennsylvania. Under the new legislation, Pennsylvania would also recognize same-sex marriages conducted…

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May 6, 2009

Leach Opposes Draconian Republican Budget Proposal S.B. 850

May 6, 2009 — Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Delaware/Montgomery, voiced his opposition to the preliminary budget bill proposed by the Senate majority and cast a “no” vote for the bill during today’s floor proceedings.

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May 6, 2009

Sen. Leach Presents Sermon, $400K Check to Valley Forge Military Academy & College

WAYNE, May 6, 2009 – This weekend, Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Delaware/Montgomery, served as the keynote speaker at the Valley Forge Military Academy & College’s non-denominational chapel service at the Alumni Memorial Chapel of St. Cornelius the Centurion, and also presented…

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April 24, 2009

Bi-partisan Group of State Senators Join PennEnvironment to Tout Environmental Proposals for Earth Day

HARRISBURG, April 24, 2009 – In celebration of Earth Day, a bi-partisan group of state senators from across Pennsylvania came together this week to discuss and highlight legislative efforts to protect the Commonwealth’s environment and promote a new, clean energy…

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April 21, 2009

Sen. Leach Receives Mideastern Region Friend of Education Award

HARRISBURG, April 21, 2009 – Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Delaware/Montgomery, last week received the 2009 Mideastern Region Friend of Education Award for his longstanding service to the state’s public education system.

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April 3, 2009

The Humane Society of the United States Names Sen. Leach Humane State Legislator 2008

HARRISBURG, April 3, 2009 – This week at a ceremony during Humane Lobby Day, the Humane Society of the United States honored Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Delaware/Montgomery, and Rep. Jim Casorio, D-Westmoreland, with the 2008 Humane State Legislator Award.

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April 1, 2009

Senate Passes Holocaust Victim Resolution; Leach Remembers Armenian Genocide

HARRISBURG, April 1, 2009 – The state Senate today unanimously passed a resolution co-sponsored by Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Delaware/Montgomery, that designates April 19 through April 26, 2009 as “Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust” in Pennsylvania. The…

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March 16, 2009

Sen. Leach: Good Government Seminar a Success

RADNOR, March 16, 2009 – Students from schools throughout the 17th Senatorial District gathered at Cabrini College to learn more about politics and government during Sen. Daylin Leach’s First Annual Good Government Seminar held last Friday.

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March 11, 2009

Sen. Leach to Introduce Legislation That Would Better Protect Pennsylvania’s Patients and Nurses

HARRISBURG, March 11, 2009 – Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) released plans to introduce a bill that would implement new patient-safety requirements at health care facilities, in turn saving the lives of thousands of Pennsylvanians.

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March 10, 2009

Sen. Daylin Leach: Agreement Reached on High School Graduation Requirement

HARRISBURG, March 10, 2009 – Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Delaware/ Montgomery, today released a statement in response to the announcement by the State Board of Education, the Department of Education and the Pennsylvania School Boards Association that an agreement has been…

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February 9, 2009

Senator Daylin Leach to Participate in PCN Call-In Show

HARRISBURG, Feb. 9, 2009 – Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Delaware/Montgomery, announced that he will participate in a live call-in program tonight at 7 p.m. on PCN.

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February 4, 2009

Leach Responds to Governor Rendell’s Budget Address: Tough economic times call for tough decisions

HARRISBURG, February 4, 2009 – Senator Daylin Leach, D-Delaware/Montgomery, today attended Gov. Edward G. Rendell’s 2009-2010 budget address, during which the governor imparted an urgent message of frugality upon the members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

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January 22, 2009

Pennsylvania Reaches Energy Independence Landmark; Leach to Reintroduce Energy Bills

HARRISBURG, January 22, 2009 – During a visit to the 93rd annual Pennsylvania Farm Show, Gov. Edward G. Rendell announced that the Commonwealth is now one step closer to declaring its energy independence, and within one year, every gallon of…

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January 6, 2009

Former Representative Daylin Leach Sworn in as State Senator

HARRISBURG, January 6, 2009 – Senator-Elect Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) was sworn into office today and will now officially begin serving his first term as a state Senator in the General Assembly.

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