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2017 Senate Bill 653: Create environmental permit appeal panel
Introduced in the Senate on November 8, 2017
To create a state environmental permit appeal panel comprised of certain officials and representatives of specified interests. The bill would establish a process by which a permit applicant who is aggrieved by a decision of the Department of Environmental Quality could appeal to the panel, which would the authority to revise or reject the DEQ's decision or conditions on a permit.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Natural Resources Committee on November 8, 2017
Reported in the Senate on December 7, 2017
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered in the Senate on January 24, 2018
To define as a disqualifying conflict of interest an appeals panel member having an ownership interest in a firm with an appeal, or having worked for the firm within the previous three years.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on January 24, 2018
Amendment offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on January 25, 2018
To remove the proposed panel's power to reverse or modify DEQ permit decisions and conditions.
The amendment failed 11 to 26 in the Senate on January 25, 2018.
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Amendment offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on January 25, 2018
To also allow local governments to make appeals to the proposed panel.
The amendment failed 13 to 24 in the Senate on January 25, 2018.
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Amendment offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on January 25, 2018
To prohibit participation in an appeal by a member of the proposed panel who is in the same industry as the party making the appeal.
The amendment failed 12 to 25 in the Senate on January 25, 2018.
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Amendment offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on January 25, 2018
To prohibit a member of the proposed panel from taking a job with the party making the appeal for three years, with violations subject to 90 days in jail.
The amendment failed 16 to 21 in the Senate on January 25, 2018.
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Amendment offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on January 25, 2018
To require members of the proposed appeals panel to be a resident of the state.
The amendment failed 17 to 20 in the Senate on January 25, 2018.
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Amendment offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on January 25, 2018
To make individual members of the proposed appeals panel personally liable for any injuries or environmental damage, including clean up costs, that result from a decision to modify permit "in a manner that is less protective of the environment or public health".
The amendment failed 12 to 25 in the Senate on January 25, 2018.
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Passed 26 to 11 in the Senate on January 25, 2018.
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(same description)
To create a state environmental permit appeal panel comprised of certain officials and representatives of specified interests. The bill would establish a process by which a permit applicant who is aggrieved by a decision of the Department of Environmental Quality could appeal to the panel, which would the authority to revise or reject the DEQ's decision or conditions on a permit.
Received in the House on January 25, 2018
Referred to the House Natural Resources Committee on January 25, 2018

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