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Posted: 2011-02-11 00:00:00
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NEWS RELEASE

MINNESOTA HOUSE APPROVES PERMITTING IMPROVEMENT BILL


ST. PAUL – On February 10, the Minnesota House approved a measure that will hopefully create greater job opportunities for Minnesota’s workforce. State Representative Bob Gunther (R-Fairmont) voted for the plan, which will streamline Minnesota’s business permitting process.

“Thanks to our outdated permitting process, the Iron Range has been waiting six years for a mining facility to be built which would provide 400 jobs,” Gunther said. “There are stories like this across Minnesota, and by approving this bill we are one step closer to making this state a better place to grow your business.”

As part of the legislation, businesses permits would have to be approved within 150 days by the MPCA and DNR, or else the agencies would be forced to address why they are delaying the process.

“In Iowa, permits are approved in 60 days,” Gunther said. “When Iowa falls behind on the permitting process, it actually assigns a case worker to work on the specific permit so it meets deadline. With that in mind, Minnesota should be able to meet a 150 day deadline as this bill specifies.”

Gunther said the permitting bill now awaits approval by the Minnesota Senate.

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