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Rep. John Persell of Bemidji on Thursday said that Gov. Mark Dayton did the right thing when he ordered environmental permits to be issued quicker, but a Legislature-passed bill went too far. Pioneer Photo/Don Davis

Governor signs bill speeding up permits

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's environmental permitting process soon will speed up, with a goal of producing more jobs.

Gov. Mark Dayton signed a permit speed-up bill Thursday, following up on an earlier executive order he wrote to do many of the same things.

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