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File No. 466

    February Session, 2018

Substitute Senate Bill No. 265

Senate, April 12, 2018

The Committee on Commerce reported through SEN. HARTLEY, J. of the 15th Dist. and SEN. FRANTZ, L. of the 36th Dist., Chairpersons of the Committee on the part of the Senate, that the substitute bill ought to pass.

AN ACT CONCERNING EXPEDITED PERMITTING PROCEDURES 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, physical 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, physical 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, physical 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

CE

Joint Favorable Subst.

 

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 19 $

FY 20 $

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

GF - Potential Cost

Up to 100,000

None

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill requires the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to modify all electronic and hard-copy permit application and renewal forms, including a check box for applicants to indicate certain information.

This may result in a cost to DEEP of up to $100,000 in FY 19 for: (1) reprogramming the agency's Site Information Management System (SIMS) electronic permitting and licensing computer program, and (2) reprinting all permit application and renewal forms.1

The Out Years

There is no annualized ongoing fiscal impact as the costs would only occur in FY 19.

OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 265

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

SUMMARY

This bill requires Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) permit application and renewal forms to include a prominently-displayed check box for applicants to indicate whether the application is required for a specified business purpose (i.e., starting a new business, physically expanding a business location, or producing a new product). The bill requires the DEEP commissioner, by October 1, 2018, to modify all such forms, both hard copy and electronic, to implement these changes.

Within 30 days after receiving an application indicating that the permit or permit renewal is required for a specified business purpose, the DEEP commissioner must (1) make all reasonable efforts to schedule a meeting with the applicant, (2) identify any additional information he needs to process the application, and (3) provide the applicant with an estimated final application decision date. The commissioner must take such actions regardless of any other statutory provision.

Beginning by February 15, 2019, the DEEP commissioner must annually report the following information to the Commerce and Environment committees:

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2018, except the provision requiring DEEP to modify its forms is effective upon passage.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Commerce Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

20

Nay

0

(03/22/2018)

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1 SIMS is DEEP's agency-wide, primary enterprise information system and permitting database.