Governor Shapiro Signs Six Bills into Law, Strengthening Pennsylvania’s Legal Framework Across Various Sectors

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HARRISBURG, PA — In a significant legislative move, Governor Josh Shapiro signed six bills into law on Monday, marking a comprehensive approach to enhancing the legal and regulatory framework in Pennsylvania. These new laws, encompassing a wide range of issues from professional licensing to human trafficking and child custody, aim to refine and update the state’s statutes to better serve its residents.

House Bill 1295, now Act No. 5 of 2024, revises Title 63, which covers Professions and Occupations that require state licensing. The amendment specifically addresses the role and responsibilities of hearing examiners, ensuring a more streamlined and effective process for professional licensing hearings. This change is poised to improve the efficiency of how licenses are managed and disputes are resolved within various professions, impacting thousands of workers across the state.

House Bill 1795, or Act No. 6 of 2024, updates The Clinical Laboratory Act by refining definitions and exemptions. This legislation is critical for maintaining the high standards of operation for clinical laboratories in the state, directly affecting the quality and reliability of medical testing and diagnostics available to Pennsylvanians.

Senate Bill 45, becoming Act No. 7 of 2024, strengthens the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline Notification Act by enhancing victim services. By providing more robust support and resources for victims of human trafficking, this law represents a crucial step forward in the state’s efforts to combat this grave issue and support those affected.

Senate Bill 55, now Act No. 8 of 2024, makes comprehensive changes to the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes related to child custody. This includes revisions to definitions, criteria for awarding custody, and considerations of criminal convictions among others. Additionally, it mandates education and training programs on child abuse and domestic abuse for judges and court personnel, aiming to protect vulnerable children and ensure that their best interests are served in custody decisions.

Senate Bill 115, or Act No. 9 of 2024, amends the Bituminous Coal Mine Safety Act to specify maintenance schedules for diesel-powered equipment used in mines. This adjustment is vital for the safety of mine workers, addressing the risks associated with the operation of such equipment and ensuring that mining operations adhere to stringent safety standards.

Lastly, Senate Bill 740, becoming Act No. 10 of 2024, revises The Second Class Township Code to adjust the compensation for auditors. This change acknowledges the important role auditors play in maintaining financial oversight and transparency at the township level, ensuring they are fairly compensated for their essential work.

Governor Shapiro’s signing of these bills into law aims to address a variety of critical issues facing Pennsylvania today. From improving public health and worker safety to protecting children and combating human trafficking, these laws represent significant steps forward in strengthening the state’s legal and regulatory environment. As these changes are implemented, they are expected to have far-reaching implications for the well-being and safety of Pennsylvania’s residents, highlighting the importance of continuous legal reform in adapting to the evolving needs of the state.

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