Rep. Ortitay introduces minimum gas royalty landowner protection bill

Rep. Ortitay introduces minimum gas royalty landowner protection bill

Since the natural gas extraction boom hit Pennsylvania, some landowners who lease their properties to gas companies for drilling purposes have become the target of bare minimum payments by those very gas companies legally bound to pay them their fair share of a royalty check.

State lawmakers have heard numerous examples of drilling companies drawing gas from leased properties then paying the mineral owners next to nothing after deducting their share of the costs of piping and processing the gas for market.

In an effort to increase fairness and transparency for landowners who receive natural gas royalties, state Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington) has recently proposed legislation that would define what post-production costs are and what is considered to be an acceptable deduction. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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Taxpayer Caucus hears opposition to Senate-passed revenue plan

Taxpayer Caucus hears opposition to Senate-passed revenue plan

The legislative taxpayer caucus, met in Allegheny County at a hearing hosted by caucus member Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington) this week to discuss the state Senate’s most recent budget revenue proposal to balance Pennsylvania’s $31.99 billion budget for the FY 2017-18.  


The caucus heard from a panel of utility officials, natural gas industry suppliers and workers, as wells as taxpayers who were mostly critical of the plan that would place an extraction tax on Marcellus Shale drillers and a gross receipts tax on natural gas customers, as well as a tax hike on electricity and phone bills.  

Wednesday, August 16, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
House committee examines need for updates to voting machines, election law

House committee examines need for updates to voting machines, election law

The House State Government Committee gathered Tuesday to discuss potential upgrades to soon-to-be obsolete voting machines throughout the commonwealth and changes to the election laws governing how elections are conducted.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Legislation introduced to ban inmates from posting for “pen pals”

Legislation introduced to ban inmates from posting for “pen pals”

Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington) and Rep. Dom Costa (D-Allegheny) have come together to introduce legislation that would ban Pennsylvania inmates from posting advertisements on websites in search for “pen pals.”

According to information provided by the sponsors, the issue arose after inmate Richard Poplawski –who was convicted of murdering three Pittsburgh police officers—advertised on the website called Convictpenpal.com searching for “friendship” and “legal help,” which led to a concern that this activity might be common among inmates.

Thursday, June 2, 2016/Author: Kara Barmoy
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