The Pennsylvania State House recently passed a bill that would make it against the law to leave a cat or a dog unattended in a car. The bill makes it illegal to leave a pet in an unintended vehicle where the temperatures reach 80 degrees or more. It doesn't matter whether the windows are open or not.
Pennsylvania has had an anti-hazing law which applied only to college students. In May of this year, however, Governor Wolfe extended the provisions of the anti-hazing law to 7th-12th graders.
There are now new licensing requirements for commercial truck drivers in Pennsylvania. The Federal Government overhauled the regulations for commercial truck drivers and is now requiring applicants to pass more extensive road tests and provide better proof of identity and residency.
Recently President Obama issued 95 commutations and 2 pardons. Most of these clemency grants were for drug-related offenses. Many of the crimes involved cocaine.
After recent mass shootings, the request for concealed carry permits has jumped. In one western county, the average request was fifteen to twenty per day and that has spiked to sixty applications per day. In Allegheny County, PA, the chief deputy sheriff has said that applications have risen significantly in the past month.
The United States Supreme Court has agreed to decided three cases where people were suspected of drunk driving. The suspects' contention is that the they're Constitutional Rights were violated.
In some circles, plea bargaining is a process that induces too many defendants to plead guilty to avoid what has become known as a trial penalty. It is well known among experienced lawyers that people who go to trial and are found guilty receive a much more severe sentence than they would have had they simply pled guilty and foregone a trial.
If you are a State College High School student or a Penn State University student, you may want to think twice before texting nude pictures. One study has found that nearly 30% of American teens send a nude photo of themselves to another teen.
The United States House Judiciary Committee recently passed a bill that would prevent people from being convicted of crimes they had no intent to commit. In effect, to be guilty of a crime, a person must know that he or she is committing a crime.
Under a new federal rule, truck drivers will have to switch from paper records to tracking their driving electronically.