Pennsylvania gets four new laws covering desserts, enrollment, religious clothing and dairy marketing

(WHTM) – On Monday, Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro signed four more bills into law.

One bill residents have been hearing about for months is the repeal of the frozen dessert law, which would repeal a 1960s rule defining what a frozen dessert is and how it should be handled.

Previously, in Pennsylvania, frozen desserts were defined as “ice cream, frozen custard, French ice cream, French custard ice cream, artificially sweetened ice cream, artificially sweetened iced milk, iced milk, freezer-made milkshakes, fruit sorbet, water ice, rest frozen.” Confectionery, rest frozen dairy confections , whipped cream confections, biscuit tortoni, frozen Mellorine desserts, as all such products are commonly known, together with all mixtures used in such frozen desserts and all products similar in appearance, smell or taste to such products or prepared or frozen in such a way, how such products are typically prepared or frozen, regardless of whether they are made from dairy or non-dairy products.”

A second bill was also well publicized; Allow teachers to wear religious vestments. The law repeals a 19490s rule that teachers were not allowed to wear religious vestments, emblems or insignia such as a cross or headscarf.

The State House recently passed the bill overwhelmingly, with 200 votes in favor and only one against. In January, the state Senate unanimously approved the bill.

“William Penn built our community on religious freedom and tolerance. It is time for Pennsylvania to remove this outdated law from its books,” said State Senator Kristen Phillips-Hill, who introduced the bill. “I look forward to the Governor signing this bill to ensure our Commonwealth upholds Penn’s founding principle, which protects people of all faiths by upholding our First Amendment rights in the classroom.”

A third bill has now come into force allows military children to gain access to registration and enrollment in a school district if their family intends to transfer there. Districts must now create or revise policies that allow registration or enrollment before residency is granted. Proof of residency must be submitted to the school 45 days after the rivalry date established by military regulations.

The fourth law now renames the Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board the Milk Board. The Milk table does not market or sell milk, but rather sets prices and regulates sellers.

Russell Falcon

Russell Falcon is a Nytimas U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Russell Falcon joined Nytimas in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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