Tougher Underage Drinking Fines Top New Year Laws in PA

Pennsylvania students heading back to college after their holiday breaks will face tougher fines for underage drinking than in the last year.

According to a report by the Associated Press, the new maximum fine for underage drinking is $500, up from $300. For second offenses, the maximum is $1,000. This is the first time the fines have increased since the 1970s.

The minimum drinking age in Pennsylvania is 21 years.

There are a number of other new state laws that go into effect in 2013, including:

• Training is mandatory for some school employees on recognizing the warning signs of child abuse. At least three hours of training is required every five years.

• Animal shelters may no longer put animals to sleep by using methods such as carbon monoxide gas and drowning, but they will be able to obtain drugs for more humane methods.

• Workers and their employers will see an increase in their contributions to the unemployment trust fund. New restrictions on the fund include a cap on maximum weekly benefits that will remain in place until the fund becomes solvent, estimated to occur in 2017.

• Regulations for farm vehicles have been revised.

• New games of chance are allowed for fund-raisers by fire companies and other nonprofits, including 50/50 drawings.

For more information visit www.philly.com.

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