• Act 104 of 2012 creates the Higher Education Modernization Act, which allows all 14 state-owned universities to offer applied doctorate degrees and defines and clarifies relations with affiliated entities for the sole purpose of benefitting Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education schools that would permit employees to raise funds.
• Act 55 of 2012 allows for conveyance of Laurel Health System property, formerly known as the Blossburg State Hospital.
• Act 122 of 2011 holds abortion facilities to the same personnel and equipment requirements, quality assurance procedures, and fire and safety standards as freestanding ambulatory surgical facilities.
• Act 127 of 2011 deals with safety related to transporting natural gas; it provides for gas and hazardous liquids pipelines and for powers and duties of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, and imposes civil penalties.
• Act 112 of 2011 changes the name of the law to the Pennsylvania Caregiver Support Act, addresses approved out-of-pocket expenses incurred by caregivers, allows reimbursement of non-relative caregivers and adult family members, and makes other changes.
• Act 117 of 2011 transfers jurisdiction of Old Possessions Road in Ward Township, Tioga County, from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources back to the township.
• Act 107 of 2010 brings state law into compliance with the Federal “Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act” to limit sales of products used in the production of meth.
• Act 42 of 2009 requires judges to sentence persons convicted of identity theft to make restitution for all reasonable expenses incurred by the victim or on the victim’s behalf relating to investigating the theft, bringing or defending civil or criminal actions related to the theft, or taking other efforts to correct the victim’s credit record or negative credit reports related to the theft.
• Act 64 of 2006 permits Pennsylvania corporations to file a continuation statement allowing financing statements filed with the Department of State prior to July 1, 2001, (if the filing of a continuation statement occurs before the original financing statement ceases to be effective after Dec. 30, 2005, or six months before the financing statement expires) to remain as a legally effective documenting. Under this legislation, a continuation statement is filed timely if the filling occurs before the time the financing statement would expire after June 30, 2006, but not before Dec. 30, 2005.
• Act 166 of 2004 allows auto accident investigators to file summary charges up to a year after an accident, thereby giving law enforcement officials the necessary time needed to complete their investigation of the most difficult incidents – ones that cause serious bodily injury or death and frequently involve multiple vehicles.
• Act 219 of 2002 statutorily authorizes crime victims to contact the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole and its hearing examiners via videotape and conference call.
• Act 62 of 2002, known as Pennsylvania’s Identity Theft Act, makes it a third-degree felony to commit a first offense of the crime of identity theft and provides a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine. A third or subsequent offense raises the crime to a second-degree felony with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
• Act 23 of 1998 permits county commissioners to appropriate money from the county’s operating reserve fund to assist municipal corporations with any clean-up, maintenance, repair or improvements undertaken as a result of damage incurred or a dangerous condition resulting from a disaster emergency.
• Act 62 of 1997, known as the “anti-cyber enticer act,” makes it a crime if a person knowingly contacts or communicates with a minor through the Internet for the purpose of engaging in any illegal sexual acts, open lewdness, prostitution, the peddling or making of obscene and other sexual materials and performances, or sexual abuse of children.
• Act 53 of 1996 mandates that inmates of a state correctional institution who have medical insurance pay for their own medical needs through that insurance before state funds are used.
• Act 129 of 1996 provides immunity from criminal and civil liability to those persons who donate wildlife to charitable organizations that receive and distribute wildlife.
• Act 120 of 1996 provides legal means for the closure of adult-oriented establishments and imposes penalties for violation.