WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – New year, new legislation. Dozens of new Pennsylvania laws are being expected to take effect in 2019. Here is a look at a few of them:
- A new Pennsylvania law is aimed at increasing funding to keep kids safe by allowing school buses to have cameras for recording drivers making illegal and dangerous passes.
- On college campuses, lawmakers want universities to improve suicide prevention services and mental health resources through a certification process.
- A sobering penalty for drunk driving. A new law requires felony charges for third time DUI offenders with a blood alcohol content of .16 or higher.
- Another law allows first responders to break into vehicles to save pets from extreme heat or cold. The vehicle’s owner would be financially responsible for repairs.
There are several other new laws covering a variety of topics, including the human trafficking of children, prescribing opioids to minors, increased turnpike fares, and addressing the backlog of untested rape kits.
In 2018, more than 160 bills were passed.