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