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SB 367 - Authorizes Natural Resource Development - Key Vote

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Authorizes Natural Resource Development

Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (House) (136-62) - (Key vote)

Title: Authorizes Natural Resource Development

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with Senate amendments and pass a bill that authorizes natural resource development on state-owned lands.

Highlights:
  • Authorizes the Department of General Services of the Commonwealth to contract or lease state-owned and state system lands in order to mine and remove valuable resources including coal, oil, natural gas, coal bed methane and limestone from the land (Sec. 3).
  • Defines “state-owned land” as land owned by the Commonwealth excluding the following (Sec. 2):
    • Land administered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources;
    • Land administered by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission;
    • Land administered by the Pennsylvania Game Commission; and
    • State system land.
  • Defines “state system land” as land owned or controlled by the State System of Higher Education (Sec. 2).
  • Appropriates royalties from leases or contracts on state-owned land to the following (Sec. 5):
    • 60 percent of royalties to be deposited in the Oil and Gas Lease Fund;
    • 25 percent of royalties to be paid to the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority; and
    • 15 percent of royalties to be returned to the agency whose land the resources were found on.
  • Appropriates royalties from leases or contracts on state system land to the following (Sec. 5):
    • 50 percent of royalties are given to the university where the resources were found;
    • 35 percent of royalties to be allocated to state universities whose land has no contracts or leases; and
    • 15 percent of royalties to be given to all 14 state universities for the waiving of tuition and other related costs.
  • Requires all contracts exceeding $1000 to meet both of the following requirements (Secs. 3 & 5):
    • To be advertised once a week for 3 weeks in local newspapers before the contract or lease is granted; and
    • To be advertised for 3 weeks on the system’s publicly accessible internet website.
  • Prohibits the state from leasing or contracting state system university land without the written permission of the university president (Sec. 4).
Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (Senate) (46-3) -
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (House) (131-68) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (47-2) -
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Authorizes Natural Resource Development

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