2011-07-14 / Local & State

New Pa. Laws Cover Motorcycles, HIV Testing And More

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett is signing dozens of new Pennsylvania laws that the Legislature passed in the first half of its 2011 session.

The Republican governor signed 46 bills on wide-ranging subjects on Thursday.

One new law allows Pennsylvania motorcycle dealers to sell, buy or trade bikes on Sunday. Current law allows the sale of motorcycle parts and other merchandise, but not an actual bike.

Another new statute will make HIV testing a routine part of general medical care, although patients will have a right to refuse it.

Also signed into law is a bill increasing the maximum penalty on public officials who violate the open-meeting requirements of the state Sunshine Act. The law provides fines of up to $1,000 for a first offense and $2,000 for subsequent violations.

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