The following two bills, which had been introduced previously, have been acted upon by the General Assembly since the last Legislative Activity Update:

PA House Bill 1325 – Amendments to Second Class Township Code Regarding Storm Water Facilities

Sponsor: Mark Mustio (Republican – part of Allegheny County [Pittsburgh])
Overview: Allows board of supervisors to enact and enforce ordinances to govern and regulate the planning, management, implementation, construction, and maintenance of storm water facilities.

Allows township to assess fees based in whole or in part on the characteristics of the subject property.

Amendments: Printer’s Number 2554:
Changes provision relating to fees by defining classes of properties which may be assessed a fee.

Provides that fee must be used for purposes of funding the construction, maintenance, and operation of storm water management facilities, systems, and management plans.
Printer’s Number 2611:

Removes language referring to Storm Water Management Act as basis for assessing fees.

Current Status: Printer’s Number 2611 passed by House of Representatives (150-47) on December 9, 2015.

Referred to the Senate Committee on Local Government on December 17, 2015.

 

PA House Bill 1394 – Amendments to Borough Code Regarding Storm Water Facilities

Sponsor: Mark Mustio (Republican – part of Allegheny County [Pittsburgh])
Overview: Allows borough to enact and enforce ordinances to govern and regulate the planning, management, implementation, construction, and maintenance of storm water facilities.

Allows borough to assess fees based in whole or in part on the characteristics of the subject property.

Amendments: Printer’s Number 2555:Changes provision relating to fees by defining classes of properties which may be assessed a fee.

Provides that fee must be used for purposes of funding the construction, maintenance, and operation of storm water management facilities, systems, and management plans.

Printer’s Number 2612:

Removes language referring to Storm Water Management Act as basis for assessing fees.

Current Status: Printer’s Number 2612 reported by House of Representatives (152-45) on December 9, 2015.

Referred to the Senate Committee on Local Government on December 17, 2015.

 

The following five bills and one resolution have been introduced since the last Legislative Activity Update:

 

PA House Bill 1661 – Amendments to First Class Township Code Regarding Storm Water Facilities

Sponsor: Mark Mustio (Republican – part of Allegheny County [Pittsburgh])
Overview: Allows township to plan, design, construct, assemble, install, and alter facilities, including, but not limited to, inlets, outlets, systems of piping, diversion terraces, grass waterways, energy dissipaters, storm water retention devices, and natural or artificial infiltration areas, to manage surface water runoff.

Allows township to purchase or acquire by eminent domain all or part of any existing system or facility for management of surface water runoff.Requires township to comply with Storm Water Management Act and any watershed storm water management plan approved by the Department of Environmental Protection (“Department”).

Amendments: Printer’s Number 2557
:

Changes provision relating to fees by defining classes of properties which may be assessed a fee.Provides that fee must be used for purposes of funding the construction, maintenance, and operation of storm water management facilities, systems, and management plans.

Current Status: Printer’s Number 2557 reported unanimously out of the House Committee on Local Government on November 18, 2015.

 

PA House Bill 1704 – Amendments to Engineer, Land Surveyor and Geologist Registration Law

Sponsor: Mark Mustio (Republican – part of Allegheny County [Pittsburgh])
Overview: Provides for use of current term “Engineer Intern” for predecessor title of “Engineer-in-Training.”

Allows for distance learning to complete continuing professional competency requirements so long as course relates to professional practice and units awarded are verifiable and measurable by actual hours of instruction.

Current Status: Referred to the House Committee on Professional Licensure on November 16, 2015.

 

PA House Bill 1731 – Keyston Energy Enhancement Act

Sponsor: Mike Turzai (Republican, Speaker of the House – part of Allegheny Count [Pittsburgh])
Overview: Establishes Keystone Energy Authority (“KEA”) and provides for appointment of members thereto.

Provides that purpose of KEA is to “further[] the development of manufacturing business, petrochemical business and other downstream business opportunities through the increased use of natural gas produced in this Commonwealth.  The [KEA] shall work to increase job creation and capital investments in manufacturing, petrochemical and other downstream businesses in this Commonwealth.”

Directs KEA to cooperate with industrial development agencies, local authorities and the Department of Community and Economic Development, Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Revenue, Public Utility Commission, and other agencies.

Directs KEA to facilitate the proliferation of transmission and distribution pipelines for the transportation of natural gas and natural gas liquids by identifying corridors for safe and efficient transmission and distribution pipelines and coordinating with regulatory agencies.

Provides for establishment by KEA of no more than twenty (20) Keystone Energy Enhancement Zones (“Zones”), each not to exceed 500 acres, comprised of “deteriorated property.”

Individuals and businesses within a Zone are entitled to tax exemptions, deductions, abatements, or credits as provided in Act.

Provides that individuals, businesses, or political subdivisions may apply to have a property designated as a Zone, and must include in the application a detailed strategic plan as described in the Act.

Extensive description of tax benefits for qualified businesses, including job creation tax credit of up to $1,250 per job after 2020.

Establishes Keystone Energy Enhancement Fund.

Current Status: Referred to House Committee on Commerce on December 3, 2015.

 

PA House Bill 1743 – Natural Gas Severance Tax

Sponsor: James R. Santora (Republican – part of Delaware County [outside Philadelphia])
Overview: Extensive severance tax bill, with rate of “4% of the gross value of units severed at the wellhead during a reporting period.”

Repeals sunset provision of Oil & Gas Act that would have terminated the impact fee upon passage of a severance tax, allowing imposition of both an impact fee and severance tax.

Current Status: Referred to the House Committee on Environmental Resources and Energy on December 6, 2015.

 

 

PA Senate Bill 1044 – Rural Pennsylvania Pipeline Safety Act

Sponsor: Lisa Baker (Republican – Pike, Wayne, and Wyoming Counties and parts of Luzerne and Susquehanna Counties [northeast Pennsylvania])
Overview: Defines “rural pipeline operator” as “a person that owns or operates one or more gathering pipelines or pipeline facilities within” Pennsylvania.

Directs Public Utility Commission (“PUC”) to establish and maintain a registry of all rural pipeline operators, and permits the PUC to charge a registration and annual renewal fee.

Requires rural pipeline operator to disclose country of origin for all tubular steel products used in the exploration, gathering, or transportation of natural gas or hazardous liquids.

Failure to register subjects operator to civil penalties.

Current Status: Referred to the Senate Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure on October 26, 2015.

 

PA Senate Resolution 247 – Crude by Rail Shipments

Sponsor: John C. Rafferty (Republican – parts of Berks, Chester, and Montgomery Counties [outside Philadelphia])
Overview: Urges United States Department of Transportation to work with tank car manufacturers and owners, crude oil shippers, and the rail industry in adopting a higher pool fire survivability standard and provide federal funds to sustain the training of emergency first responders.
Current Status: Referred to Senate Committee on Transportation on November 20, 2015.