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General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 265

February Session, 2018

 

LCO No. 1834

 

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Referred to Committee on COMMERCE

 

Introduced by:

 

(CE)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING EXPEDITED PERMITTING BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION FOR BUSINESS INITIATION, EXPANSION OR NEW PRODUCTION.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2018) (a) Each form, hard copy and electronic, associated with the application for a permit or permit renewal from the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection shall include a check box, displayed prominently, for applicants to designate whether such application is required for the initiation of a new business, expansion of an existing business or production of a new product.

(b) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, not later than thirty days after receiving an application for a permit or permit renewal designated by the applicant as being required for the initiation of a new business, expansion of an existing business or production of a new product, the commissioner shall make all reasonable efforts to schedule a meeting with the applicant, identify any additional information required to process such application and provide the applicant with an estimated date by which the commissioner anticipates the issuing of a final decision on such application.

(c) Not later than February 15, 2019, and annually thereafter, the commissioner shall submit a report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the environment and commerce. Such report shall include (1) the number of applications received in the previous year designated by applicants as being required for the initiation of a new business, expansion of an existing business or production of a new product; (2) the average estimated time provided to applicants pursuant to subsection (b) of this section; and (3) the average actual time for a final decision on such applications.

Sec. 2. (Effective from passage) Not later than October 1, 2018, the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection shall modify all forms, hard copy and electronic, associated with the application for a permit or permit renewal from the commissioner, in accordance with section 1 of this act.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2018

New section

Sec. 2

from passage

New section

Statement of Purpose:

To establish a process for expedited permitting by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for permits required for business initiation, physical expansion or production of new products.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]