PRIOR PRINTER'S NO. 757
PRINTER'S NO. 1315
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY SCARNATI, SOLOBAY, YUDICHAK, COSTA, WAUGH, ERICKSON, YAW, GREENLEAF, TOMLINSON, MENSCH, WARD, ARGALL, VULAKOVICH, VOGEL, ALLOWAY, BAKER, WHITE, FONTANA, KASUNIC, BREWSTER, TARTAGLIONE, SCHWANK, FERLO, BOSCOLA AND BROWNE, MARCH 20, 2013
SENATOR VANCE, PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE, AS AMENDED, JUNE 28, 2013
5Section 1. Short title.
8Section 2. Definitions.
14"Department." The Department of Health of the Commonwealth.
15(c) <-Legislative appointments Appointments.--
1(4) Legislative appointees must collectively have
2expertise or substantial experience in public health, earth
3and mineral sciences, environmental studies and shale gas
4extraction and natural gas use.
9(2) Must be residents of this Commonwealth and
10collectively have expertise or substantial experience in
11public health, earth and mineral sciences, environmental
12studies and shale gas extraction and natural gas use.
13(3) Shall serve a two-year term.
18(ii) must be residents of this Commonwealth.
19(3) Both legislative and gubernatorial appointees shall
20each collectively have expertise or substantial experience in
21public health, earth and mineral sciences, environmental
22studies, shale gas extraction and natural gas use.
<-23(e) (d) Quorum.--Five members of the advisory panel shall
24constitute a quorum. The adoption of a resolution or other
25action of the advisory panel shall require a majority vote of
26the members of the advisory panel.
<-27(f) (e) Compensation.--The members of the advisory panel
28shall not be entitled to <-no compensation for their services as
29members of the advisory panel but shall be entitled to
30reimbursement by the department for all necessary and reasonable
3(g) (f) Initial appointment and vacancy.--<-Appointing
4authorities shall appoint initial advisory panel members <-Initial
5appointments shall be made within 30 days of the effective date
6of this section. Whenever a vacancy occurs on the advisory
7panel, <-the appointing authority shall appoint a successor member
<-8shall be appointed within 30 days of the vacancy. Any
9appointment to fill a vacancy shall be for the unexpired term.
10Members so appointed to fill the unexpired term of an initial
11appointee shall be subject to the provisions of subsection <-(h)
24Section 4. Duties.
25(a) General rules.--The advisory panel shall:
26(1) Meet as often as necessary but at least biannually.
3(4) Consult with experts conducting research and studies
4meeting the peer review requirements of the department
5regarding potential public health effects from shale gas
6extraction and public health benefits from the use of natural
8(5) Evaluate public health data regarding the extraction
9and use of natural gas and information regarding the
10techniques and procedures for shale gas extraction in order
11to provide <-Pennsylvania-elected elected officials, regulators
12and the general public with information and analyses
13regarding the safe, efficient and environmentally responsible
14extraction and use of natural gas reserves in this
18(b) Actions.--Actions by the advisory panel are a
19determination of public policy and public interest and shall not
20be considered adjudications under 2 Pa.C.S. Chs. 5 Subch. A
21(relating to practice and procedure of Commonwealth agencies)
22and 7 Subch. A (relating to judicial review of Commonwealth
23agency action) and shall not be appealable to the department or
24a court of law.
25Section 5. Expiration.
28Section 6. Effective date.
29This act shall take effect in 30 days.