OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5861

AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROCESSING OF MUNICIPAL APPLICATIONS FOR STATE PERMITS.

SUMMARY:

This bill requires the environmental protection (DEP), public health (DPH), and transportation (DOT) commissioners and the State Traffic Commission, within 60 days after receiving a formal petition, application, or request for a permit from a municipality, to (1) determine whether the municipality has submitted enough information to determine compliance with the applicable standards and criteria and (2) request and notify the municipalities of any deficiencies in writing. (In the case of DEP permits, the bill applies only to applications required by law. ) DEP and DPH, but not DOT, must act within available appropriations. If any of the commissioners or the commission fails to notify the municipality of any deficiencies by the deadline, the petition, application, or request must be considered complete. The bill takes priority over laws requiring otherwise.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2009

BACKGROUND

Legislative History

The House referred the bill (File 322) to the Environment Committee, which reported it favorably, and the and Appropriations Committee, the latter which added the requirement that DEP and DPH act within available appropriations.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Planning and Development Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

19

Nay

0

(03/11/2009)

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

22

Nay

3

(04/14/2009)

Appropriations Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

51

Nay

0

(04/27/2009)