The Check Stub Bill is HB 4270. It is still pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee after having passed the house on 2-15 and then passed out of the Senate Energy committee on 2-28.It is actually on the Judiciary agenda for their 3pm meeting today.Tracking: http://www.wvlegislature.gov/Bill_Status/bills_History.cfm?input=4270&year=2018&sessiontype=rsThe Bill: http://www.wvlegislature.gov/Bill_Text_HTML/2018_SESSIONS/RS/bills/HB4270%20SUB.pdfAlso of note, the Legislature has passed and the governor is expected to sign SB 360, amending the portion of code which prohibits granting well permits to flat rate leases (the law that requires a minimum of 1/8 be paid on old flat rate leases). The law will now require that no permits may be issued on the old flat rate leases unless the royalty to be paid is 1/8 free of post-production costs.This does not apply to all leases, however, only to the older leases which call for flat rate payments.SB 360: http://www.wvlegislature.gov/Bill_Status/bills_History.cfm?input=360&year=2018&sessiontype=rs
I think that is why it was written the way that it was originally.It doesn't invalidate flat rate leases. It doesn't say that I can't keep paying you the flat rate on the old wells on the property. It just says that the DEP cannot issue permits for wells to be drilled under flat rate provisions.