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42 Pa.C.S.A. § 8143: Open-end mortgages

1990
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania General Assembly
An open-end mortgage can secure payment of an obligation that has not come into existence yet. The excerpt from the Unofficial Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes from West regarding open-end mortgages as well as Pennsylvania Senate Bill 693 enacted as Act 126 of 1990 are included here.
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Act 109 of 2010 (amends Clean & Green)

2010
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania General Assembly
Act 109 of 2010 (HB 1394) allows landowners who participate in Pennsylvania's Clean and Green program to use their land for commercial wind production where more than half of the produced energy is sold and used off of the tract of land. The portions of the land used for wind production are subject to rollback taxes.
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Act 115 of 2013 (amending Pennsylvania's Open Space Law)

2013
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania General Assembly
Act 115 amends Act 442 of 1967, as amended, to provide that in addition to acquiring land and easements, dedicated open space taxes may now be used to develop, improve, design, engineer and maintain open space acquired with dedicated open space taxes in order to provide open space benefits. It also clarifies that voter created open space taxes may only be repealed by voter referendum.
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Act 149 of 1988 (amends Agricultural Area Security Law)

1988
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania General Assembly
An Act amending the act of June 30, 1981 (P. L. 128, No. 43), known as the "Agricultural Area Security Law," further providing for agricultural areas, public hearings, evaluation criteria, decisions and reviews of proposed areas, appeals, limitation on local agencies, policy of Commonwealth agencies, limitations on exercise of eminent domain and purchases of development easements in agricultural areas; authorizing the issuance of bonds for the purchase of agricultural conservation easements; making an appropriation; and making editorial changes. House Bill No. 442.
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Act 154 of 2006 (land trust-local government partnerships)

2006
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania General Assembly
Pennsylvania Act 154 of 2006 facilitates local government partnerships with land trusts. Act 154 was passed unanimously by both the Senate and House, then signed into law by the Governor on November 29, 2006. (The act amends Pennsylvania's open space law.)
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Act 15 of 1999

1999
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania General Assembly
Act 15 of 1999 establishes the Supplemental Agricultural Easement Purchase program, which provides technical assistance funds to eligible counties regarding long-term installment purchases of agricultural conservation easements and funds to reimburse land trusts for expenses incurred to acquire agricultural conservation easements.
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Act 44 of 2011 (Repeal of ACE 25-Year Clause)

2011
Organizations/Sources: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Act 44 of 2011, signed into law by Governor Corbett on July 7, amends the Agricultural Area Security Law to repeal the provision allowing for the extinguishment of agricultural conservation easements after 25 years.
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Act 4 of 2006 (millage freeze; amends the open space law)

2006
Organizations/Sources: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Act 4 provides a process for freezing the millage on open space properties. It amends the act of January 19, 1968 (1967 P.L.992, No.442), entitled, as amended, "An act authorizing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the local government units thereof to preserve, acquire or hold land for open space uses," defining "municipal corporation"; further providing for property acquired in fee simple and for local taxing option; and making an editorial change.
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Act 54 of 1987

Enacted a referendum asking voters if they would approve a $100 million to establish the Agricultural Conservation Easement Purchase Program to conserve farmland. The referendum was placed on the ballot in November 1987 and passed with 68% approval.
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Act 67 of 2013 (amends Title 15: Corporations and Unincorporated Associations)

2013
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania General Assembly
Amends Titles 15 (Corporations and Unincorporated Associations) and 54 (Names) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in Title 15, making extensive revisions, additions and deletions to preliminary material on general provisions; to corporation material on general provisions, on incorporation, on corporate powers, duties and safeguards, on officers, directors and shareholders, on fundamental changes, on registered corporations, on insurance corporations, on benefit corporations, on foreign business corporations, on incorporation and on foreign nonprofit corporations; to material on limited liability companies; to material on unincorporated associations; and to material on business trusts; in Title 54, further providing for general provisions and for corporate and other association names; and making related repeals.
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Act 84 of 2016 (expands transfer tax exclusions)

2016
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania General Assembly
Act 84 of 2016 adds several types of transfers of conservation and recreational easements to the list of real estate transactions excluded from paying Pennsylvania's realty transfer tax. The Act covers a great number of taxation matters but the realty transfer tax portion may be found starting at page 45.
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Act 85 of 2012 (PA tax code amendment)

2012
Organizations/Sources: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Act 85 of 2012, signed by Governor Corbett on 7/2/2012, amends the Tax Reform Code of 1971. Among its many provisions is an expansion of inheritance tax exemptions associated with farming and agricultural preservation. Can be found as House Bill 761 (session of 2011) in the records of the PA General Assembly. 139 pp.
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Act 88 of 2010 (amends Clean & Green)

2010
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania General Assembly
Under Act 88, land subject to preferential assessment under PA Clean and Green may be used for exploration for, and removal of, gas and oil. Roll-back taxes will be imposed upon only those portions of land actually devoted to these activities, excluding land devoted to subsurface transmission or gathering lines. Act 88 also allows for the development and use of Tier I alternative energy on any land use category of Clean and Green to be kept under preferential assessment as long as more than half of the energy annually generated is used on the tract of land.
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Act 8 of 2011 (private transfer fees)

2011
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania General Assembly
Pennsylvania’s Act 8 of 2011 (House Bill 442) prohibits private transfer fees but provides exceptions for fees payable to nonprofit corporations in association with conservation easements as well as for fees payable to governments.
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Act of Jan. 19, (1968) 1967, P.L. 992, No. 442 "Preserving Land for Open Air Spaces"

Organizations/Sources: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
(As amended through 2006) an act authorizing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the local government units thereof to preserve, acquire or hold land for open space uses. It is the purpose of this act to clarify and broaden the existing methods by which the Commonwealth and its local government units may preserve land in or acquire land for open space uses.
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Agricultural Area Security Law (as amended through 2013)

2013
This is a copy of Act 43, which created the Agricultural Security Area program. The document reflects all revisions to this statute, through Act 19 of 2013.
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Conservation and Preservation Easements Act

2001
Organizations/Sources: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Conservation and Preservation Easements Act, the act of June 22, 2001 (P.L. 390, No. 29) (32 P.S. §§5051-5059) was enacted in its final form as House Bill 975, PN 2294. It is Pennsylvania's enabling act for conservation easements (excluding agricultural conservation easements created under the Agricultural Area Security Law.)
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Guide to the Conservation and Preservation Easements Act: Pennsylvania Act 29 of 2001

2016
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania Land Trust Association
Conservation organizations can avoid many potential difficulties in conservation easement stewardship by ensuring that their conservation easement documents are drafted to conform with the Conservation and Preservation Easements Act.
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Inheritance and Estate Tax Act (PA)

Organizations/Sources: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Daniel B. Evans describes the recent history of the Pennsylvania Inheritance and Estate Tax Act as "rather confusing". The text of the act and his notes can be found at the evans-legal.com website.
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Institutions of Purely Public Charity Act, 1997, Nov. 26, P.L. 508, No. 55

1997
Organizations/Sources: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
The act standardizes the application of eligibility standards for charitable organization tax exemptions in Pennsylvania.
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Local Government Unit Debt Act

The Local Government Unit Debt Act (LGUDA) provides the procedure for Pennsylvania's local government units to issue debt and tax anticipation notes. The Act also provides the borrowing limits for the local government units.
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Open Meetings: The Sunshine Act

2010
The Pennsylvania Sunshine Act requires all public agencies to take all official actions and conduct all deliberations leading up to official actions at public meetings. The Act covers all such actions by municipal governing bodies, committees of these governing bodies and municipal boards and commissions. This guide includes extensive guidance on the Act as well as the text of the Act.
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Pennsylvania Act 177 of 1996

1996
Legislation authorizing municipalities to create environmental advisory councils.
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Pennsylvania Farmland and Forest Land Assessment Act of 1974: Act 319

1974
The Pennsylvania Farmland and Forest Land Assessment Act, commonly known as “Clean and Green” or Act 319, provides for lower property tax assessments of land capable of producing wood products, agricultural land, and open space land open to the public.
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Pennsylvania Land Use Law Library

This website provides information on proposed legislation, state statutes, and land use case law rulings.
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Feb 10, 2010
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Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (Act 247, as reenacted and amended)

2015
The MPC (Act of 1968, P.L.805, No.247) empowers counties and municipalities, individually or jointly, to plan their development and to govern the same by zoning, subdivision and land development ordinances and additional tools.
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Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act

Organizations/Sources: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Counties, townships and other municipal entities and instrumentalities can assert immunity under the Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act Users should confirm whether the Act has been recently updated before using the posted file or link.
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Preserved Farmland Tax Stabilization Act

1994
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania General Assembly
Act 91 of 1994 (PL 605) requires that land subject to agricultural conservation easements be assessed at the land’s restricted farmland value.
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Project 70 Land Acquisition and Borrowing Act

1964
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania General Assembly
Pennsylvania's Project 70 Land Acquisition and Borrowing Act (Act 8 of 1964) authorized Commonwealth indebtedness of $70 million for the acquisition of lands for recreation, conservation and historical purposes.
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Jun 01, 2011
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Sovereign Immunity Act

1976
Organizations/Sources: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania can assert immunity under the Sovereign Immunity Act. Users should confirm whether the Act has been recently updated before using the posted file or link.
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Who Has Standing? Conservation Easements in Pennsylvania Courts

2013
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania Land Trust Association
Who can assert claims and be heard in Pennsylvania’s courts if a dispute heats up over the management of a conservation easement?
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