PA Rep. Garth Everett Reintroduces Minimum Royalty Bill, 3rd Time

Third time’s the charm? The Pennsylvania General Assembly convenes for two-year sessions. Almost six years ago during the 2013-2014 session of the General Assembly, PA Rep. Garth Everett introduced “minimum royalty” legislation that would guarantee PA landowners would get minimum royalty payments of 12.5%–regardless of any kind of post-production expenses. It was called House Bill (HB) 1684 and it failed to even come to the floor for a vote (see PA Royalty Bill 1684 Off the Agenda, Likely for Rest of 2014). Everett re-introduced it during the 2015-2016 session, renamed HB 1391. Once again, near the end of the term, it failed to get a full vote (see PA Royalty Bill Dead for Another Year – Supporters Vow to Fight On). Everett is not giving up. Last Friday he re-introduced the bill for the third time, this time called HB 557. Does it stand a chance?…

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