Governor Josh Shapiro Signs Four New Laws, Strengthening Public Safety and Regulation

Governor Josh ShapiroCredit: Commonwealth Media Services

PENNSYLVANIA — Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro has inked his signature on four new legislative acts, further enhancing the state’s public safety, tobacco regulation, and municipal employee policies. The signing ceremony took place on Wednesday, October 11, 2023.

HB 1407: Escrow Requirements for Tobacco Manufacturers

The first act, HB 1407, amends the Tobacco Settlement Agreement Act of June 22, 2000. This new law mandates specific tobacco product manufacturers to deposit particular funds into an escrow account. It also delegates additional powers and duties to the Attorney General and the Department of Revenue. Furthermore, the act imposes penalties for non-compliance, thereby strengthening the existing definitions in the tobacco settlement agreement. This amendment is now recognized as Act No. 9 of 2023.

SB 836: Municipal Employee Definitions and Duties

SB 836, now Act No. 10 of 2023, amends Title 53 (Municipalities Generally) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes. The amendment provides further definitions concerning municipal employees, along with clarifying the powers and duties of the commission.

HB 1171: Combustible and Flammable Liquids Regulations

Act No. 12 of 2023, derived from HB 1171, amends the Combustible and Flammable Liquids Act of February 11, 1998. This act provides for the regulation of combustible and flammable liquids. It allocates functions between the Department of Labor and Industry and the Pennsylvania State Police. Penalties are imposed for violations, and certain previous laws are repealed to accommodate the new regulations.

HB 1209: Tobacco Product Manufacturer Directory Act Amendments

Finally, HB 1209 amends the Tobacco Product Manufacturer Directory Act of December 30, 2003. This amendment provides further definitions in the preliminary provisions. It also extends provisions for the directory, certification, required information, agent for service of process, records and reporting. The new law introduces joint liability for nonparticipating manufacturers and importers and mandates surety bond requirements. This amendment is now recognized as Act No. 11 of 2023.

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Governor Shapiro’s signing of these four acts aims to be a step toward strengthening public safety and regulatory frameworks in Pennsylvania.

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