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A Pennsylvania hunter looks out over a wooded area.

Deer hunting season open, Sunday hunting to arrive next year

Pennsylvania’s firearms deer hunting season opened for the first time on the Saturday after Thanksgiving instead of the Monday, but hunters will have to wait until next year to hunt on Sunday.

Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill that would allow hunting on three Sundays of the year, but the bill will not take effect until February. After that, the Pennsylvania Game Commission will determine which three Sundays will be open for hunting. The law states one of the Sundays will be during archery season, one during deer season and another will be chosen by the Game Commission.

“Weekends are essentially the only time that most working men and women can get out into the woods,” said Sen. Dan Laughlin, R-Erie, the bill's sponsor. “The same could be said for many young people, the ones who represent the future of the sport.”

Tobacco law hiking minimum age to 21 to take effect in July

A bill raising the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 will take effect in July.

Bills signed by Gov. Tom Wolf also categorize e-cigarettes and vaping products as tobacco products.

Military veterans and service members are exempt from the law.

“Numerous studies have shown tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes, are particularly harmful and addictive to youths and young adults,” Wolf said in a statement. “Raising the age to 21 in combination with barring e-cigarettes at our schools will help us prevent young Pennsylvanians from engaging in this dangerous behavior.”

Wolf nominates new PennDOT secretary

Gov. Tom Wolf appointed Yassmin Gramian as the acting secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, succeeding Leslie Richards, who is becoming general manager of SEPTA next month.

Gramian must be confirmed by the Senate to assume the role permanently.

Gramian currently serves as deputy director of PennDOT. She has worked on several large projects including Philadelphia’s Roosevelt Boulevard Multi-modal Corridor Program, SEPTA Subway Concourse Improvement Project and the PATCO Ben Franklin Bridge Track Rehabilitation.

“Yassmin Gramian has proven herself a capable leader and knowledgeable infrastructure planner in her more than 30 years of experience as a project engineer,” Wolf said in a statement.