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Liquor Laws in PA
On Monday August 8, 2016 Pennsylvania’s new liquor law otherwise known as Act 39 went into effect. This new legislation will help to modernize Pennsylvania’s outdated liquor code, which hasn’t been amended since April 1951. Act 39 will now help us to provide more convenient services to the citizens of Pennsylvania and allow our local businesses to better compete with businesses just over the state border.
Some of the new changes that will come about in Pennsylvania include the sale of wine in grocery stores, direct shipment of wine, six pack sales in convenience stores, expanded hours of operations at LCB-operated stores on Sundays and holidays—all of which previously did not exist.
Pennsylvania Adopts Rear-Facing Child Car Seat Requirement
In mid-August, Pennsylvania will begin requiring children under 2 years of age to be transported in rear-facing child seats to increase the protection of an infant’s head, neck and spine, according to the Pennsylvania State Police.
Act 43 of 2016, signed into law June 13, 2016, (SB 1152 of 2015) establishes a primary offense, permitting an officer to stop an offending driver. The violator will pay a fine up to $100 plus court costs, $30 for the CAT Fund, $10 for the Emergency Medical Services Fund and a $10 fee for administrative costs. Violators will receive only a verbal warning during the introductory one-year grace period. The fines will be dismissed at the hearing for those presenting evidence of acquisition of an appropriate child seat.
Current law requires an approved car seat for children under 4 years of age. Pennsylvania joins California, New Jersey and Oklahoma in requiring rear-facing child seats, in line with recommendations from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Last week I sat down with District Attorney Jack Whelan, Delaware County Executive Director Marianne Grace and newly elected Representative-elect Chris Quinn to talk about the opioid epidemic facing our area.
Unclaimed Property Awaits Rightful Owners
More than $136 million in unclaimed tangible property and money was returned to its rightful owners during 2015, according to the Pennsylvania Treasury.
The Treasury reports it began 2016 seeking the legal owners of $2.5 billion in unclaimed property. Claimants are encouraged to file a claim form, free of charge, with the Bureau of Unclaimed Property rather than pay the 15% maximum finder’s fee.
One in 10 residents have unclaimed property. The increased popularity of gift certificates and gift cards can also bring an increase in unclaimed property, as Pennsylvania requires those with an expiration date and/or any fees to be reported as unclaimed property. Search the Treasury’s Unclaimed Property data base which you can find at this link, or call the toll-free number, 800-222-2046, for information and assistance.
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