In the News: Pa House passes ‘sexting’ law

Posted by on May 24, 2011 in Blog, Blog Posts, Juvenile Issues, Proposed Laws, Sexting | 0 comments

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has passed a law designed to lower the criminal sanctions associated with teen sexting.  Under the proposed law, anyone under the age of 18 who sends a sexually explicit depiction of himself or another minor to another person who is under the age of 18 will be guilty of a second degree misdemeanor.  Additionally, the proposed law decriminalizes a minor’s...

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In the News: Pa considers underage drinking amnesty law

Posted by on May 24, 2011 in Blog, Blog Posts, Proposed Laws, Summary Offenses, Underage Drinking | 0 comments

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pennsylvania General Assembly is considering legislation that would grant amnesty to underage drinkers who contact the police or emergency medical services in an effort “to help a friend or acquaintance with a life-threatening, alcohol-related illness.”  While the law would protect underage drinkers who call for help, it also requires that the persons give their name and information to...

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In The News: States considering laws regulating distracted pedestrians

Posted by on Jan 24, 2011 in Blog, Blog Posts, Laws of Questionable Merit, Proposed Laws | 0 comments

The Associated Press reports that two states are considering legislation that would regulate and/or bring awareness to the perils of distracted walking.  New York and Arkansas lawmakers believe that walkers who use both earphones and walk while using cell phones and/or texting are a danger to themselves and others.  Some lawmakers indicate that their laws are “aimed more at increasing awareness than punishing pedestrians.” For more...

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In the News: PGH City Council may decline mask ordinance

Posted by on Sep 10, 2009 in In the News, Pittsburgh City Ordinances, Proposed Laws | 0 comments

In a preliminary vote, only two members of Pittsburgh City Council voted to enact an ordinance that would prohibit the wearing of any device that would obscure one’s identity when committing a crime. Some members of council believed that the ordinance would violate civil liberties while others believed that the ordinance would be a useful tool for law enforcement. For more information, go to:...

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In the News: PGH considers ordinance banning public urination

Posted by on Sep 10, 2009 in In the News, Pittsburgh City Ordinances, Proposed Laws | 0 comments

Pittsburgh City Council is currently considering an ordinance that would issue a $500 fine to anyone caught urinating outdoors on public or private property. Under the current form of the ordinance, anyone who urinates on property with the owner’s consent would not be fined. For more information, go to: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09253/996893-53.stm Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter...

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In the News: Pa House passes new seatbelt restrictions

Posted by on Apr 28, 2009 in Proposed Laws, Traffic Ticket | 0 comments

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has passed legislation amending the state’s seatbelt laws. Under the current laws, the failure to properly restrain a child between the ages of four and eight is a secondary offense. Therefore, a person may only be convicted if s/he has been convicted of another traffic violation or crime. Under the proposed law, the failure to properly restrain a child between the ages of four and eight will be a...

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