A new year means new laws begin to take effect in Pennsylvania. Here's some of the new laws that could affect your daily life in 2020 and beyond.
SUNDAY HUNTING: Starting this year, one day of Sunday hunting will be scheduled during deer rifle season, one during deer archery season, and a third date to be chosen by the PA Game Commission. Governor Wolf said the new law "balances the needs of landowners with an expanded opportunity for hunters who work or attend school during weekdays."
ELECTION REFORM: The new law allows voting by mail up to 50 days before an election. Voters can elect to be placed on a list to permanently receive a ballot application by mail. It also extends voter registration times. The new rules will be in place prior to the April primary election.
TOBACCO AGE RAISED TO 21: The new law raises the minimum age to buy tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21. It also expands the definition of tobacco products to include e-cigarettes and other vaping items. The law takes effect in July
FREE EDUCATION FOR NATIONAL GUARD FAMILY MEMBERS: PA National Guard members can apply for tuition assistance through the PA GI Bill. This establishes a new program providing free education to family members of National Guard members
ONLINE TRAINING FOR FIREFIGHTERS: Online training for firefighters will go into place in the early months of 2020