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New Pennsylvania Laws Take Effect in 2013

Find out what new Pennsylvania laws took effect at the beginning of this year.

New Pennsylvania laws that took effect in the beginning of the new year include:

SB 941—The maximum fine for someone under the age of 18 caught drinking increased from $300 to $500 for the first offense, and the penalty is $1,000 on the second offense.

SB 1586—The voting rules for people living overseas (servicemen and women, and others) and voting in Pennsylvania were simplified.

SB 637—Contractors on public-works projects must verify that their employees are legal residents.

SB 1137—Some school employees must be trained on recognizing child abuse, on the legal reporting obligations, and what relationship are appropriate with children.  Three hours of training every five years is now mandatory.

HB 2630—Aspects of the animal euthanasia law take effect this year, which prohibits the use of carbon monoxide gas and drowning, as well as other methods, to put animals down. The new law also makes it easier for animal shelters to obtain drugs for more humane methods of animal euthanasia.

SB 1310 Contributions on both sides of the unemployment trust fund increased, which will be used to make bond payments on borrowing to eliminate the state’s debt to the federal government.

HB 2372—Revised regulations for farm vehicles go into place.

HB 127—The laws on games of chance are expanded – it allows for new games for fundraisers and other nonprofits, including 50/50 drawings.

Click here to learn more information about each bill.

What do you think about the new laws?

Bob Dobbs January 18, 2013 at 01:13 PM
HB 2630 should be common sense unless we're still in the dark ages ... well this is PA so, I guess we are ...
Joseph January 18, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Thanks for providing this information!
MSgt. John DeLallo January 18, 2013 at 03:02 PM
HB 127 was actually codified into law as Act 2 in 2012. It is under rigorous review in Harrisburg, with an eye towards killing it and starting over. Why? Because the Pennsylvania State Police arbitrarily, capriciously, and perhaps even maliciously developed a 117 page long regulation. Thankfully, Governor Corbett placed a full one year moratorium on the reporting that would have been required next month. In that year, the General Assembly is sure to pass a much less draconian Small Games of Chance law for the Governor's signature, hopefully leaving the PSP out of the loop.
MSgt. John DeLallo January 18, 2013 at 03:05 PM
Bob-You don't see the billboards here in the Pittsburgh area, but travelling through the central part of the Commonwealth, animal rights groups have put up many billboards essentially claiming that PA is the "puppy mill state". I'm not active in the political end of dog breeding, but if 1/4 of what those folks claim is true, we are indeed in the dark ages.
Matt K January 18, 2013 at 03:50 PM
For real, who or where in this state is or was "carbon monoxide gas and drowning" used as a method of euthanasia? What part of that os not an absolute form of animal abuse!?
LatoniaLVR January 19, 2013 at 02:55 AM
FOFLMAO. We need to make sure those back room poker games, bingo halls and other gambling institutions pay the state their fair share. I am glad to see State Police resources focused on gambling rather than drugs, prostitution and dangerous drivers.
JB April 28, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Pa laws, and our goverment is a serious joke, sorry I have seen the out come of our so called laws, and law enforcement doesn't follow them personally I think the old days would be better for this shit hole we call. " Land of freedom."

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