Speaker’s Ruling: Rushing the Environmental Review for Mining Projects | A9 (House SF 4062)

House voted Yes
| April 28, 2022
About this Legislation
Chief Author

The environmental review process in mining approval is designed to ensure minimal impacts from mining operations and prevent unnecessary risks or harmful projects. Environmental review is a thorough exercise that, for controversial projects, can take several years to adequately complete. This amendment shortens the environmental review process by setting restrictions on approval timelines, potentially placing pressure on agencies to rush the assessment of environmental risks in metallic mining.

The A9 Amendment requires that the environmental review process for metallic mining projects must be conducted within 18 months for environmental assessment worksheets and within 3 years for environmental impact statements.

The A9 Amendment was ruled “out of order” on a lack of germaneness, meaning the amendment attempted to introduce an issue not included in the underlying bill, rather than to amend the existing language.


The amendment was ruled out of order. The ruling was upheld and language hastening environmental review for metallic mining was not included in the House Environment and Natural Resources Omnibus bill.

What a yes means

A "yes" vote upholds the ruling of the Speaker, declaring the amendment “not germane” and rejects requirements that hurry the environmental review for mining.

What a no would have meant

A "no" vote rejects the ruling of the Speaker, continues debate toward hurrying the environmental review for mining

Vote Tallies

All Votes R. DFL Ind.
Yes = 67 0 66 1
No = 63 61 2 0
Abstain = 0 0 0 0
Absent = 4 3 1 0
Votes by Member Name