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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: July 20, 2017 11:39 AM
From: Senator Andrew E. Dinniman
To: All Senate members
Subject: Legislation to Regulate Pipeline Land Agents
Based on the many pipelines slated to cross Pennsylvania and on numerous constituent calls my office has received concerning the behavior of pipeline land agents, I will soon introduce legislation to amend Pennsylvania's Real Estate Licensing and Registration Act (last session’s SB 991). The bill has been updated to include a broader definition of land agent and provides for the regulation of land agents through the following:

Defines Land Agent as: A person who, in the course and scope of the person’s business in this Commonwealth and on acting on the person’s own behalf or on behalf of a prospective lessee or buyer, has been engaged primarily in:
  • negotiating the acquisition or divestiture of oil, gas or mineral rights, including the acquisition or divestiture of land or oil, gas or mineral rights for a pipeline.
  • negotiating business agreements that provide for the exploration for or development of oil, gas or minerals.
  • determining ownership of oil, gas or minerals through research of public and private records.
  • reviewing the status of title, curing title defects, and otherwise reducing title risk associated with ownership of oil, gas or minerals.
  • managing rights or obligations derived from ownership of interests and oil, gas or minerals.
  • activities to secure the unitization or pooling of interests in oil, gas or minerals.

Requires Registration with the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission, allowing for public access to a listing of registered agents.

Requires criminal history background checks of agents and provides the Commission with authority to revoke or suspend registration certificates for a number of reasons such as fraud or misrepresentation.

I hope you will join me in sponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as SB835