ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s Senate majority leader says he’s worried a Republican push to make a special session contingent on a PolyMet project pledge could do more harm than good.

Democratic Sen. Tom Bakk told The Associated Press on Friday that requiring Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration to promise a smoother regulatory review of the project could provoke legal trouble. House Speaker Kurt Daudt has sought the Dayton assurance as part of negotiations over a possible special session on steelworker unemployment assistance.

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Bakk is a leading legislative proponent of the PolyMet copper-nickel mine, which would be located in the northeastern Minnesota area he represents. The project is in critical stages of environmental review.

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He says any shortcuts “could potentially weaken the state’s position in a lawsuit” challenging permits.

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