Many new laws will be incorporated into the Pennsylvania legal doctrine beginning in the New Year or shortly thereafter. As always, there are only a few you really need to know about. Of the thousands of laws that were introduced into the state House and Senate, only around 100 were actually signed into law. Here are the most important ones.
Pennsylvania residents voted to limit the emergency powers of the governor, which will prevent the person in office keeping in place a state of emergency longer than necessary.
The courts also stripped the executive’s power to issue mask mandates in schools without using processes already in place (slow ones).
Are you a senior in need of prescription assistance? You might have an easier time now, because the caps were recently raised substantially.
A new law allows retired teachers and even educators with expired certification to help fill the void left by a substitute teacher shortage. This law is active until the end of the 2023 school year.
Another law will allow some students to take nurse aide training programs online. The purpose of the law is to provide students with the power to complete the training programs as quickly as possible by making them easier to schedule.
Government boards must now publish an agenda at least 24 hours before a meeting takes place. This law was written to eliminate the tradition of surprise votes before the public has an opportunity to make an opinion.
One law increases the penalties for anyone who helps a disabled person or minor commit suicide.
Pennsylvania will enact the first state Persian Gulf Veterans Day on March 6, Global War on Terrorism Veterans Day on October 7, and First Responders Day on September 27.
Lastly, a new law will stiffen penalties for those convicted of possessing, creating, or disseminating child pornography. The law also jumpstarts a new task force to review current child pornography laws in order to improve them.