Happy New Year to all! I hope everyone had enjoyable holidays while spending time with friends and family. It is hard to believe it is 2019! While 2019 marks a new year with different elected officials, it also starts off with new laws enacted by our legislature, with a total of 253 in all. Some key new laws are as follows:
*Children under the age of 2 will be required to be in a rear facing car seat. However, there are weight and height exemptions.
*There will be a 72 hour waiting period for all gun purchases. This closes the gun show loophole for purchases made by a non-resident.
*School safety drills must be conducted within 90 days of the start of the school year.
*Nursing mothers will be exempt from jury duty.
*Background checks will be required for every ride operator at carnivals and amusement attractions.
*Family members or police can ask a judge to temporarily remove guns from anyone who they think is a threat to themselves or others
*If you are required to use your personal phone or computer for work, your boss must have a reimbursement policy.
*Police can take temporary custody of dogs or cats exposed to weather
conditions likely to result in injury or death.
*Stalking laws expanded to include messages on social media.
*Hunters may wear blaze pink as well as blaze orange during hunting firearm deer season
A complete list can be found by typing the following in your web browser:
BPCIA Board of Directors encourages all members to participate in the various events throughout the year. These engagement opportunities afford members the ability to connect with other businesses in the community. If you have any questions about becoming a BPCIA member please contact Donna Smith at (708) 496-0336.
Have a healthy and prosperous new year!