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Pennsylvania’s House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee on Oct. 23 passed bills to promote the dairy industry and increase government transparency.

Sprinkler systems and wedding barn safety have been a sticking point in other states, including New York and Maryland, so what happens in Pennsylvania could have a ripple effect.

Among the seven ag bills the PA Senate passed this week are measures to create a tax credit for landowners who sell or lease to beginning farmers, clarify rules for preserved farms, and form a task force to examine the dairy industry’s struggles.

Wedding barns would be exempted from certain building code requirements under a bill that has passed a Pennsylvania Senate committee.