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Legislature clears Noem’s change to county permit decisions

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Legislature has cleared a proposal from Gov. Kristi Noem to streamline the decision-making process for county permits.

The bill paves the way for feedlots and projects like wind farms.

It also makes it more difficult for people to contest permit decisions once they are made.

The Republican governor pitched the bill to lawmakers this year as a way to “set the rules of the game” for permit decisions and encourage economic growth in rural communities.

The House amended one line of the bill to stipulate that permit decisions have to be made by a majority of the county board.

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