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

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

Sponsor: Mark Mustio (Republican – part of Allegheny County [outside 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.

Amendments: Printer’s Number 2972:

Minor typographical changes.

Current Status: Printer’s Number 2972 reported unanimously out of the House Committee on Professional Licensure on March 16, 2016.

Printer’s Number 2972 reported unanimously out of the House Appropriations Committee on May 18, 2016.

Printer’s Number 2972 passed by House (187 to 3) on May 18, 2016.

Printer’s Number 2972 referred to Senate Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure on May 26, 2016.

The following bills have been introduced since the last Legislative Activity Update:

PA Senate Bill 1273 – Amendment to Unconventional Well Report Act
Sponsor: Elder A. Vogel, Jr. (Republican – Lawrence County and parts of Beaver and Butler Counties [north of Pittsburgh])
Overview: Adds section to Unconventional Well Report Act requiring semi-annual disclosure by operator of amount and type of waste produced by unconventional well and method and location of waste disposal or reuse.

Waste information submitted to Department of Environmental Protection in accordance with statute shall be deemed to satisfy the residual waste biennial reporting requirements of 25 Pa. Code § 287.52.

Current Status: Referred to Senate Committee on Environmental Resources and Energy on May 25, 2016.

 

PA House Bill 2103 – Natural Gas Severance Tax
Sponsor: P. Michael Sturla (Democrat – part of Lancaster County [south central Pennsylvania])
Overview: Extensive severance tax bill, with rate varying based upon market price of natural gas:

  • 4% when market price of gas is between $0 and $0.99 per mcf;
  • 5% when market price of gas is between $1.00 and $1.99 per mcf;
  • 6% when market price of gas is between $2.00 and $2.99 per mcf;
  • 7% when market price of gas is between $3.00 and $3.99 per mcf;
  • 8% when market price of gas is between $4.00 and $4.99 per mcf;
  • 9% when market price of gas is above $5.00 per mcf.

Current impact fee would remain, but credit against severance tax would be given for amounts paid as a result of impact fee.

Current Status: Referred to House Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on May 25, 2016.