PA House Bill sacks ability of local governments to regulate or charge for plastic bags

PA House Bill sacks ability of local governments to regulate or charge for plastic bags

A bill that would prohibit Pennsylvania’s political subdivisions from regulating or charging a fee for the use of recyclable plastic bags typically used at grocery stores and other retail establishments passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives this week.

 

The bill, which has bipartisan sponsorship by Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks) and House Minority Whip Mike Hanna (D-Clinton), was couched by supporters as a preemptory strike against municipalities that might be inclined to enact such regulations or fees and potentially hurt the statewide economy.

Thursday, April 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Adoption of new session’s House Rules draws controversy

Adoption of new session’s House Rules draws controversy

While normally a day of ceremony, the sole piece of legislation voted on by the House during Tuesday’s swearing-in session day—two resolutions that provide for the implementation of the internal operating rules of the House of Representatives for the two year session—drew controversy from lawmakers.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Natural gas minimum royalty legislation advances to House floor

Natural gas minimum royalty legislation advances to House floor

Legislators from the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee advanced House Bill 1391 to the full House Monday along a bipartisan 20-7 vote.

The bill amends the Oil and Gas Lease Act, which would require the payment of the minimum royalty of 12.5 percent without the deduction of post-production costs by well operators.

Monday, June 27, 2016/Author: Kyle Maguire
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House starts process to scuttle new oil and gas regulations

House starts process to scuttle new oil and gas regulations

In an exceedingly rare move Tuesday, the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee began the legislative process of killing revised oil and gas regulations recently approved by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission.

The regulations developed by the Department of Environmental Protection have been controversial in relation to their impact on the conventional and unconventional drilling industries as well as in the process used to develop them.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Legislative committees use oversight authority to disapprove DEP’s new oil and gas regulations

Legislative committees use oversight authority to disapprove DEP’s new oil and gas regulations

In a rare move Tuesday, both the House and Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committees took the step of voting to disapprove regulations promulgated by the Department of Environmental Protection that would put new requirements on Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industries.

The regulations are due to be considered by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission next Thursday, and while Tuesday’s action by the committee does not stop the regulations from moving forward, it does start the process of allowing the legislature to take the formal step of moving a disapproval resolution should the commission approve the regulations next week.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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