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Reminder:This info maybe forwarded as long as PA Legislative Services and the PFSC are given credit for providing this info.



It has been an extremely busy week at the Capitol. The budget has kept everyone on their toes. First, I would like to thank everybody who contacted their elected officials opposing the 20% Small Games of Chance Tax. It looks like our voices were heard, and this proposal is off the table. This is great news. Thanks, to everyone who stood up to this outrageous proposal.



On the other side of the coin (no pun intended), SB 211, as summarized below, would give groups who rely on small games of chance the ability to vary their prized and gain some much needed revenue.



SB 211-Folmer (R)(PN 217) Amends the Local Option Small Games of Chance Act further providing for definitions; increases individual prize limits from $500 to $1,000; increases weekly limit from $5,000 to $20,000; authorizes progressive games with a maximum cash value of $5,000; allows a licensed eligible organization to sell the raffle tickets of another licensed eligible organization; allows more than one organization to use the same location; increases license fee for an organization from $100 to $500; increases license fee for limited occasion licenses from $10 to $30 and changes the license renewal from annually to biannually; requires an annual financial report limited to the operation of games of chance detailing gross profit and background check in the application process; and sets advertising regulations.



The other very pressing issue is still in a state of flux. A severance tax on Marcellus Shale is still a little murky. It appears the Levdansky Amendment to HB 1489, which would have raised the amounts going to our resource agencies from 2% to 3%, has hit a snag. The news coming out of the Capitol concerning this is changing constantly. What I will say about it is this; thanks to everyone who has called their elected officials, and please, keep up the pressure; our voices are being heard.



HB 1489 – George (D)(PN 2241) Amends Title 72 (Taxation and Fiscal Affairs) adding the Natural Gas Severance Tax Act, which imposes a natural gas severance on every producer in the amount of 5% of the gross value of units severed at the wellhead during a reporting period, plus 4.7 cents per unit severed. The tax shall not be imposed on units severed from a stripper well. The bill provides for registration of natural gas producers with the Department of Revenue. The bill provides for duties of the Department of Revenue, for tax assessments and tax liens; imposes penalties; provides for service of process, for rulemaking, for cooperation with other governments and for bonds; and makes an appropriation. The Natural Gas Severance Tax Fund is established to receive revenue from the natural gas severance tax and penalties. The state treasurer shall make the following transfers from the fund on a quarterly basis commencing on the first business day of January 2010: (1) 60% to the General Fund; (2) 3% to the Department of Public Welfare to provide cash and crisis grants to low-income households under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP); (3) 15% to the Environmental Stewardship Fund; (4) 4% to the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Fund; (5) 5% to the Liquid Fuels Tax Fund for the reconstruction, maintenance and repair of state roadways and bridges, to be in addition to normal funds and distributed evenly among all 67 counties. Additionally, the following distributions shall be made from the fund: (1) 4.5% to municipalities where natural gas has been severed and taxed under this chapter in the previous quarter, determined on a pro rata basis and used solely for certain projects outlined in the bill; (2) 4.5% to counties where natural gas has been severed and taxed under this chapter in the previous quarter, determined on a pro rata basis; (3) 2% to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, which shall be used for the commission's operational, administrative and enforcement costs; and (4) 2% to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, which shall be used for the commission's operational, administrative and enforcement costs. Counties and municipalities receiving money from the fund shall annually report to the Department of Transportation, which would in turn report to the General Assembly and Governor. (Prior Printer Number: 1853)

(PN 1853) Amends Title 72 (Taxation & Fiscal Affairs) providing a privilege tax on every producer who severs natural gas; the tax shall be 5% of the gross value of units severed at the wellhead during a reporting period, plus 4.7 cents per unit severed. The bill requires every producer to file a return with the Department of Revenue reporting all severed natural gas resources per reporting period and the tax due; providing guidelines for natural resource severance tax registration; providing producer shall provide for and maintain a discrete wellhead and sales meters; providing assessments; providing for bulk and action sales.



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HB 1928 – Creighton (R)(PN 2576) The Second Amendment Weekend Holiday Act provides a sales tax holiday for firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies for each calendar year on the first consecutive Friday through Sunday of September; providing exemptions and rain checks.



HB 2015 – Hutchinson (R)(PN 2731) Amends the "act requiring rents and royalties from oil and gas leases of Commonwealth lands to be placed in a special fund to be used for conservation, recreation, dams & flood control" adding language providing all rents and royalties from oil and gas leases of any land owned by an independent agency shall be placed in a special fund which shall be exclusively used for any purpose authorized by law for such independent agency and the moneys of such fund are appropriated to such independent agency for such purpose. Further provides the Governor shall determine whether moneys paid into the Oil and Gas Lease Fund are from lands used or occupied by an agency under the jurisdiction of the Governor, other than the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and such moneys shall be used by such agency to carry out the purposes of any law that provides for the power and duties of or any program administered by such agency and such moneys appropriated to such agency.



HB 2018 – Gergely (D) Amends Title 34 (Game) further providing for elk hunting licenses.



Passed the Senate

SB 535 – Fontana (D)(PN 542) Amends Title 34 (Game) further providing for license requirements, exempting mentored adult hunting programs.



All summarizes are provide by the Pennsylvania Legislative Services.



Have a great weekend!









Jeffrey R. Souders

PFSC Legislative Liaison

2426 North Second St.

Harrisburg, PA 17110

717-232-3480
 

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HB 2015 – Hutchinson (R)(PN 2731) Amends the "act requiring rents and royalties from oil and gas leases of Commonwealth lands to be placed in a special fund to be used for conservation, recreation, dams & flood control" adding language providing all rents and royalties from oil and gas leases of any land owned by an independent agency shall be placed in a special fund which shall be exclusively used for any purpose authorized by law for such independent agency and the moneys of such fund are appropriated to such independent agency for such purpose. Further provides the Governor shall determine whether moneys paid into the Oil and Gas Lease Fund are from lands used or occupied by an agency under the jurisdiction of the Governor, other than the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and such moneys shall be used by such agency to carry out the purposes of any law that provides for the power and duties of or any program administered by such agency and such moneys appropriated to such agency.

This one needs to exempt the game and fish commission. Under 50 CFR 80 section 3, its considered real property and funds SHALL NOT be diverted. Illegal and needs amended.

HB 2018 – Gergely (D) Amends Title 34 (Game) further providing for elk hunting licenses.

Citizens get to pick who gets the elk tag for auction? Nobody knows better than the Game Commission who their partners have been consistently.

Just silly.
 

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SB 211-Folmer (R)(PN 217) Amends the Local Option Small Games of Chance Act further providing for definitions; increases individual prize limits from $500 to $1,000; increases weekly limit from $5,000 to $20,000; authorizes progressive games with a maximum cash value of $5,000; allows a licensed eligible organization to sell the raffle tickets of another licensed eligible organization; allows more than one organization to use the same location; increases license fee for an organization from $100 to $500; increases license fee for limited occasion licenses from $10 to $30 and changes the license renewal from annually to biannually; requires an annual financial report limited to the operation of games of chance detailing gross profit and background check in the application process; and sets advertising regulations.


I can see a raise in the fee, but to increase it to $500 from $100 will hurt little organizations, especially those who only want to raise a small amount.
 

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Hi Gal, hope all is well with you.

I agree, the jump from $100 to $500 seems excessive on it's face. But one comment in response: wouldn't the "little guys" be more inclined to be on the "limited occasion" license? I am hoping that is the answer for the things I'm involved in.
 

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Not sayin its right and I'm sure it will hurt smaller organizations but that $500 raise from $100 is biannually now instead of annually. Correct?
Only a 250% increase......things that make ya go "Hmmmm"
 
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