A bill in the state House of Representatives, and a companion bill in the state Senate, are intended to remove a potentially expensive hurdle from the path of natural gas drillers and other developers. The so-called "Endangered Species Coordination Act" is making its way through the state House, intended to smooth the process for those and other developers to gain permits.

The House bill would, according to Rep. Dan Moul, R-91, add review by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission to the process of designating any species for protection. If the bill becomes law, it would begin with a review and recertification of the current list.

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