OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5861 (as amended by House "A")*

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 that must be submitted to these officials, to conduct a preliminary review solely to determine whether the submission is acceptable for filing. The official must notify the municipality of the results of the review. The bill does not preclude the officials from requesting additional information after sending this notice. The officials must do their review within available appropriations. The bill takes priority over laws requiring other procedures.

*House Amendment “A” eliminates provisions in the original bill that (1) required the officials to notify the municipality of any deficiencies in its submission and (2) deemed a submission to be complete if the officials failed to respond to the municipality by the deadline. It explicitly allows the officials to request additional information. It requires all the agencies, not just DEP and DPH, to act within available appropriations and makes minor changes.

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 Appropriations Committee, 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)