ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill that aims to speed up the environmental permit applications process for businesses and local governments.
Under the new law, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Department of Natural Resources will be free to act on any permit application within 150 days of submission. Previously, an application had to be "substantially completed" for consideration. The law will also lengthen permit cycles for feedlots and allow some construction projects to start before permits are issued.
Another provision will let businesses privately hire businesses to do the review as long as they have 10 years of experience in permitting. Critics had argued that could allow applicants to essentially write their own permits.
The bill passed the Legislature with bipartisan support last week.
Dayton also signed the following bills into law today:
· Chapter 146, Senate File 1917, related to the use of prone restraint in schools. This bill passed the House with bipartisan support and the Senate with unanimous support.
· Chapter 148, House File 2253, allows out-of-state residential mental health treatment for children who are deaf and have additional special needs. This bill passed both bodies of the legislature with unanimous support.
· Chapter 149, House File 1903, allows Veterans Service Organizations to receive reimbursement for Honor Guard services in a timely manner. This bill passed both bodies of the legislature with unanimous support.