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