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STATE REAL ESTATE COMMISSION

May, 2011 www.dos.state.pa.us

BOARD MEETING DATES
May 24-25, 2011
June 22-23, 2011
July 26-27, 2011
Aug. 23-24, 2011
Sept. 12-13, 2011
Oct. 11-12, 2011

OTHER NEWS
Disciplinary Actions
A listing of disciplinary or corrective measures taken by the 29 professional licensing boards and commissions, Charitable Organizations and Notaries Public.
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Newsletter Preferences
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Newsletter Archive
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Carol Aichele Confirmed as Secretary of the Commonwealth




Carol Aichele was nominated by Governor Tom Corbett to serve as Secretary of the Commonwealth on January 18, 2011 and was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on April 26, 2011. 

In this role, she leads the Pennsylvania Department of State, which protects the public's health, safety and welfare by licensing over 800,000 business, health and real estate professionals; maintains registration and financial information for thousands of charities soliciting contributions from Pennsylvanians; administers Pennsylvania's electoral process; maintains corporate filings; and oversees professional boxing, wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts in the Commonwealth.

Before joining the state, Secretary Aichele served on the Chester County Board of Commissioners, where she was first elected in November 2003 and was re-elected in November 2007.  Under her leadership, the county was awarded three Triple-A bond ratings for its excellent financial management practices.

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Governor Corbett Names Katie True to Head Department of State’s Professional Licensing Bureau




Governor Tom Corbett recently named Katie True, of Lancaster County, to lead the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs within the Pennsylvania Department of State.

As commissioner, True will oversee the state’s professional and occupational hearing boards. The bureau provides administrative and legal support for all of the state’s licensing boards - which oversees professionals from medical doctors to accountants and funeral directors – while protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public from fraudulent and unethical practitioners.

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Heads Up on Fair Housing

by Gaetano Piccirilli, Esq., commission public member

Almost 50 years ago, “fair housing” centered around the preclusion of racial and religious minorities in our cities and suburbs.  In response, among other Civil Rights era legislation, Congress enacted the Fair Housing Act of 1968 (FHA).  States either had their own anti-discrimination statutes on the books or adopted them soon after.  Pennsylvania’s Human Relations Act (PHRA) is one such statute.  Since the enactment of the FHA and the PHRA, however, notions of what is considered “fair housing” and discriminatory practices have expanded.  It is important that licensees keep current on changes in anti-discrimination law in order to protect themselves from liability and discipline.

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Initial Licensure Fees

The State Real Estate Commission recently amended licensure fees by consolidating the initial licensure fee charged to new applicants from a two-tiered structure to a one-tier structure.  Instead of charging applicants in the first year of the licensure period 100% of the biennial renewal fee and applicants who apply in the second year of the licensure period 50% of the biennial renewal fee, the regulation consolidates these fees into one fee, which represents 75% of the biennial renewal fee.  Visit the commission’s website, www.dos.state.pa.us/estate, and click on “Fees” to view the new fee schedule.  


Introducing the Newsletter Preference Center

The Department of State is pleased to introduce the long-awaited newsletter preference center!  At the suggestion of several board members, licensees may now subscribe to multiple newsletters and more easily manage their subscriptions. The newsletter preference center will allow you to subscribe to as many board newsletters as you wish, unsubscribe from any newsletters you no longer wish to receive and update your email address.

The preference center also opens newsletter subscription to non-licensees who may be interested in a particular business or health care field.  We encourage you to share the preference center with your non-licensee colleagues so that they may also receive the benefits of the newsletters’ important updates and timely articles.

It is important to note that updating your email address on My License will not change the email address used for newsletter subscriptions.  You must use the preference center to change the email address at which you wish to receive newsletters, as well as to subscribe or unsubscribe from newsletters. 

Visit the preference center now or go the Department of State’s homepage, www.dos.state.pa.us, click on “Licensing,” then “Newsletters.”







State Real Estate Commission
P.O. Box 2649, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
717.783.3658 | ST-REALESTATE@pa.gov
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