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Legislative

The Legislature convened Tuesday, January 3, 2017. The Legislature adjourned sine die on May 26.

Minnesota Legislative Guide

 

2017 House Bill Introductions

HF 4:  Omnibus Tax Bill.
Status: Made up of various other bills, this is the Omnibus Tax bill. Passed House (80-52) 3/30/17. Passed Senate as amended (40-27) 4/3/17. House does not concur with Senate amendments; conference committee appointed 4/18/17. Conference committee: Representatives Davids, Drazkowski, McDonald, Hertaus and Marquart; Senators Chamberlain, Dahms, Miller, Senjem, and Rest. Conference committee report completed 5/10/17. Conference report adopted by House (76-57) 5/10/17. Conference report adopted by Senate (34-32) 5/15/17. Vetoed by Governor 5/15/17.

HF 6 (Fabian): A bill to require that Public Utilities Commissioners be elected rather than Governor-appointed.
Status: Introduced 1/5/17; referred to Government Operations & Elections Policy. Set for hearing 1/19/17. Amended and re-referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability on voice vote 1/19/17.Set for hearing 3/20/17. Amended and laid over for possible inclusion in Omnibus bill 3/21/17. See Omnibus Energy Bill SF 1937. Not included in Second Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill, SF 1456

HF 37 (Garofalo): A bill to repeal the statutory provisions regarding hydrogen energy sources. See also Companion Bill SF 180.
Status: Introduced 1/5/17; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability.

HF 61 (Quam): Requiring counties and cities to maintain policies and operations manuals and to make them publically available.
Status: Introduced 1/5/17; referred to Government Operations & Elections Policy.

HF 70 (Quam): A bill prescribing an email retention policy for political subdivisions. See also Companion Bill SF 123. 
Status: Introduced 1/5/17; referred to Government Operations and Election Policy.

HF 81 (Newberger): A bill to have WAPA power included for compliance with the state RES. See also Companion Bill SF 508.
Status: Introduced 1/9/17; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance.

HF 234 (Baker): A bill revising MPUC authority over electric cooperative activities. See also companion bill SF 141.
Status: Introduced 1/12/17; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability. Set for hearing 1/17/17. Passed on voice vote; re-referred to Ways and Means committee 1/17/17. Passed Ways and Means 1/26/17; referred to House floor. Amended to require that a pending docket on the methodology used by REAs shall be limited. Passed House (89-37) 2/9/17. Referred to Senate Finance committee. Committee reports Do Pass (9-4) 3/2/17. Set for vote on Senate floor 3/16/17. Passed Senate (39-26) 3/16/17. Governor Veto 3/20/17. See Omnibus Energy Bill SF 1937See Second Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill, SF 1456Passed in the final version of SF 1456. Signed by Governor 5/30/17.

HF 235 (O'Neill): Revising the Renewable Development Fund; terminating certain solar incentives. See also Companion Bill SF 214. 
Status: Introduced 1/12/17; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability. Set for hearing 1/17/17. Amended and re-referred to Ways and Means 1/17/17. Passed Ways and Means 1/26/17; referred to House floor. Amended and passed House (76-49) 2/9/17. Referred to Senate Finance. See Omnibus Energy Bill SF 1937. See Second Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill, SF 1456. Some revisions to the RDF and termination of Made in Minnesota were passed in final version of SF 1456. Signed by Governor 5/30/17.

HF 247 (Green): A bill to requiring that public entities that purchase property may not agree to pay more than assessed value. See also Companion Bill SF 343.
Status:  Introduced 1/17/17; referred to Government Operations & Elections Policy.

HF 275 (Bly): A bill to establish the Legislative Health and Climate Resiliency Commission. See also Companion Bill SF 1269.
Status:  Introduced 1/17/17; referred to Environment & Natural Resources Policy and Finance.

HF 299 (Swedzinski): A bill exempting certain construction material from sales and use taxes for public projects. See also Companion Bill SF 460.
Status: Introduced 1/17/17; referred to Government Operations and Elections Policy. Recalled and re-referred to Taxes 1/30/17. Laid over for possible inclusion in omnibus bill 2/7/17. See House Omnibus Tax Bill HF 4Failed to be included in Final Omnibus Tax Bill. 

HF 359 (Lucero): Repealing the prohibition against in-state building of nuclear generation. See also Companion Bill SF 1239.
Status: Introduced 1/19/17; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability. 

HF 392 (Newberger): A bill to give local government more authority over permitting of solar generation.
Status: Introduced 1/23/17; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance.

HF 393 (Newberger): A bill to count energy efficiency (CIP) savings towards the Renewable Energy Standard.
Status: Introduced 1/23/17; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance.

HF 394 (Newberger): Repeal language regarding transitioning Minnesota to an all-renewable future.
Status: Introduced 1/23/17; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance.

HF 456 (Freiberg): Exempting construction materials from sales and use taxes for certain public projects. See also Companion Bill SF 283.
Status: Introduced 1/23/17; referred to Government Operations and Elections Policy. Recalled and re-referred to Taxes 1/30/17. Laid over for possible inclusion in omnibus bill 2/7/17. See House Omnibus Tax Bill HF 4Failed to be included in Final Omnibus Tax Bill.

HF 527 (Hamilton): A bill revising the wind energy production tax. See also Companion Bill SF 411.
Status: Introduced 1/26/17; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability. Committee reports Do Pass; referred to Taxes 2/9/17. Re-referred to Property Tax and local Government Finance Division 2/20/17. Laid over for possible inclusion in omnibus bill 3/1/17. See House Omnibus Tax Bill HF 4.

HF 545 (Gruenhagen): A bill to prohibit public funds from being spent on ballot measures. See also Companion Bill SF 581.  
Status: Introduced 1/26/17; referred to Government Operations and Elections Policy.

HF 702 (O'Driscoll): A bill to provide for judicial review of decisions of the MPCA, including certain water quality rulemakings. Providing for expert and peer review of MPCA rulemakings. See also Companion Bill SF 695. 
Status:  Introduced 2/1/17; referred to Environment & Natural Resources Policy & Finance. See Omnibus Environment and Natural Finance Bill HF 888. See Second Omnibus Environment and Natural Resources Bill, SF 844Not included in Final Omnibus Environment and Natural Resources Bill.

HF 739 (Hoppe): A bill to collocate small wireless facilities on utility poles. See Companion Bill SF 561. 
Status:  Introduced 2/2/17; referred to Commerce & Regulatory Reform. Set for hearing 2/28/17. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended, referred to Government Operations & Elections Policy 3/2/17. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended, referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability 3/8/17. Set for hearing 3/14/17. Laid over for possible inclusion in Omnibus Bill 3/15/17. Removed from House Omnibus Energy Bill SF 2209 3/29/17. Set for hearing in Ways and Means committee 5/17/17. See Second Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill, SF 1456Amended and passed in the final version of SF 1456. Signed by Governor 5/30/17.

HF 819 (Koznick): Prohibiting school employees from engaging in lobbying activities in certain circumstances. See also Companion Bill SF 1534.
Status: Introduced 2/6/17; referred to Education Innovation Policy.

HF 888: Omnibus Environment and Natural Resources Bill.
Status: Made up of various other bills, this is the Omnibus Environment & Natural Resources bill. Passed House (80-53) 3/30/17. Passed Senate as amended (37-29) 4/3/17. House does not concur with Senate amendments; conference committee appointed 4/18/17. Conference committee: Representatives Fabian, Heintzeman, Swedzinski, Uglem, and Ecklund; Senators Ingebrigtsen, Ruud, Westrom, Mathews, and Tomassoni. Conference committee report completed 5/9/17. Conference report adopted by House (79-55) 5/9/17. Conference report adopted by Senate (34-33) 5/9/17. Vetoed by Governor 5/12/17. See Second Omnibus Environment and Natural Resources Bill, SF 844Signed by the Governor 5/30/17.

HF 892: The House Bonding Bill.
Status: Introduced 2/6/17; referred to Capital Investment. Amendment for bonding bill filed 5/1/17. Committee reports Do Pass as amended, referred to Ways and Means 5/8/17. Committee reports Do Pass as amended 5/17/17. Second reading on House floor 5/17/17.

HF 923 (Knoblach): A bill to revise the award of attorney fees. See also Companion Bill SF 1210.
Status: Introduced 2/9/17; referred to civil law and Data Practices Policy. Set for hearing 2/21/17. Committee reports Do Pass as amended 2/22/17. Referred to House floor.

HF 1007 (Howe): State agency requirements before the state agency may sue a political subdivision for non-compliance with a rule. See also Companion Bill SF 905.
Status: Introduced 2/9/17; referred to Government Operations and Elections Policy.

HF 1036 (P. Anderson): A bill to exempt energy consumed by pipelines from the energy savings (CIP) base calculations for utilities.
Status: Introduced 2/9/17; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance. See Omnibus Energy Bill SF 1937See Second Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill, SF 1456Failed to be included in the Final Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill.    

HF 1038 (Mahoney): A bill to establish a Legislative Renewable Energy Council to make funding recommendations to the legislature related to the energy fund account (RDF fund). See also Companion Bill SF 1111.
Status: Introduced 2/9/17; referred to Government Operations and Elections Policy. Committee reports Do adopt as amended; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability 2/16/17. Amended and laid over for possible inclusion in omnibus bill 2/15/17. See Omnibus Energy Bill SF 1937A separate Council was not created; revisions were made to the RDF to provide more legislative oversight and included in the final version of the Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill SF 1456. Signed by Governor 5/30/17.

HF 1065 (Thissen): A bill to subject the legislature to the state Data Practices Act. See also Companion Bill SF 1393.
Status: Introduced 2/9/17; referred to Civil Law and Data Practices Policy.

HF 1081 (Garofalo): A bill to fund various departments in state government (including Department of Commerce); increases CIP to 2%, and adds state CHP goal of 800 MW by 2025. See also companion Bill SF 942.
Status: Introduced 2/13/17; referred to Rules and Legislative Administration. Laid over for possible inclusion in Omnibus bill 3/21/17.

HF 1105 (Howe): A bill to redefine what constitutes a "meeting", relating it to a quorum present. See also Companion Bill SF 1715.
Status: Introduced 2/13/17; referred to Government Operations and Elections Policy. Set for hearing 3/9/17. Committee reports Do Pass 3/13/17; Second reading on House Floor. 

HF 1146 (Vogel): A bill pertaining to cities permitting a utility to operate/setting franchise fees. See also Companion Bill SF 2092.
Status: Introduced 2/13/17; referred to Government Operations and Elections Policy. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended; referred to Taxes 3/9/17. Re-referred by Chair to Property Tax and Local Government Finance Divisions 3/9/17.  Laid over for possible inclusion in Omnibus bill 3/13/17. See House Omnibus Tax Bill HF 4

HF 1185 (Scott): A bill setting forth public records retention policies under the Data Practices Act. See also Companion Bill SF 1719.
Status: Introduced 2/13/17; referred to Civil Law and Data Practices Policy. Set for hearing 3/8/17. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended, referred to State Government Finance 3/9/17.

HF 1280 (Garafalo): Establishment of a Ratepayer Advocacy Office. See also Companion Bill SF 674.
Status: Introduced 2/15/17; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance.

HF 1285 (Pugh): Requiring legislative approval of some rulemakings. See also Companion Bill SF 769.
Status: Introduced 2/15/17; referred to Government Operations & Elections Policy. Committee laid over for possible inclusion in Government Operations and Elections omnibus bill 3/3/17. See Omnibus Environment and Natural Resources Finance Bill HF 888. See Second Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill, SF 1456Was not included in final Omnibus Environment and Natural Resources Finance Bill or Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill.

HF 1291 (Fabian): Reforming and expediting environmental permitting; elimination the EQB and reassigning duties. See also Companion Bill SF 1087.
Status:
Introduced 2/16/17; referred to Environment & Natural Resources Policy & Finance. Set for hearing 3/1/17. Committee reports Do Pass as amended; referred to Civil Law and Data Practices Policy 3/1/17. Committee reports Do Pass; referred to Government Operations and Election Policy 3/6/17. Committee reports Do Pass as amended, referred to Ways and Means 3/9/17. See Omnibus Environment and Natural Finance Bill HF 888. See Second Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill, SF 1456EQB membership was revised and passed as part of the Omnibus Environment and Natural Resources Bill SF 844. Signed by Governor 5/30/17.

HF 1309 (Rarick): A bill to tie economic growth and job growth to the "rate reasonableness" and rulemaking process in energy rules/areas; tie consideration of renewable energy resource to job/economic growth. See also Companion Bill SF 1177.
Status: Introduced 2/16/17; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance. Recalled and referred to Government Operations and Elections Policy. Re-referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance. See Omnibus Energy Bill SF 1937Not included in Second Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill, SF 1456. Revised to require MPUC to consider impacts on jobs and economic growth when approving IRPs. Passed in final Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill SF 1456. Signed by Governor 5/30/17.

HF 1316 (Lesch): Clarifying that video and audio recordings of government employees, independent contractors or volunteers are not public data.
Status: Introduced 2/16/17; referred to Civil Law and Data Practices Policy. Amended and laid over for possible inclusion in data practices omnibus bill. Laid over for possible inclusion in Omnibus Bill 2/21/17. Laid over for possible inclusion in Data Practices Omnibus bill 2/21/17.

HF 1330 (Bly): A bill to establish a Standard Renewable Rate that utilities must pay for renewables (Feed In Tariff).
Status: Introduced 2/16/17; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance. Set for hearing 3/20/17. Removed from committee agenda 3/20/17.

HF 1334 (Maye Quade): Modifying energy auditor standards; requiring "qualified professional."
Status: Introduced 2/16/17; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance.

HF 1344 (West): A bill allowing publication of certain notices on an political subdivision's website instead of newspaper publication. See also Companion Bill SF 1295.
Status: Introduced 2/16/17; referred to Government Operations & Elections Policy.

HF 1377 (O'Driscoll): A bill to revise PACE financing, create a stakeholder group to establish consumer protections. See also Companion Bill SF 1088.
Status: Introduced 2/16/17; referred to Commerce & Regulatory Reform. Committee reports Do Pass as amended; referred to Government Operations and Elections Policy 3/1/17. Committee reports Do Pass as amended; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance 3/7/17. Set for hearing 3/20/17. Amended and laid over for possible inclusion in Omnibus bill 3/20/17. See Omnibus Energy Bill SF 1937See Second Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill, SF 1456Passed in the final version of SF 1456. Signed by Governor 5/30/17.

HF 1433 (Kresha): A bill to repeal some environmental assessment worksheets and impact statement review; rule oversight by legislature increased, notice of rulemaking requirements modified, substantial economic impacts revised, SONAR requirements modified.
Status: Introduced 2/20/17; referred to Government Operations & Elections Policy. Laid over for possible inclusion in Omnibus bill 2/23/17. Referred to Rules and Legislative Administration 3/23/17.

HF 1487 (P. Anderson): A bill stating that wind easements, options or leases do not expire after 7 years if the project does not begin commercial operation. See also Companion Bill SF 1672.
Status: Introduced 2/20/17; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance. See Omnibus Energy Bill SF 1937See Second Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill, SF 1456Not included in final version of Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill.

HF 1495 (Miller): Tax break for biofuel CHP systems. See also Companion Bill SF 1788.
Status: Introduced 2/20/17; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability. Hearing set 3/13/17. Committee reports Do Pass; referred to Taxes 3/14/17.  

HF 1497 (Davids): Rebates for energy storage, solar thermal, wind and geothermal heat pump systems. See also Companion Bill SF 1174.
Status: Introduced 2/20/17; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance. Committee reports Do Pass; laid over for possible inclusion in omnibus bill. 

HF 1518 (West): A bill to allow some public officials to electronically store some documents rather than retain the hard-copy of the document. See also Companion Bill SF 1398.  
Status: Introduced 2/22/17; referred to Transportation and Regional Governance Policy. Committee reports Do Pass; referred to Civil Law and Data Practices Policy. Set for hearing 3/7/17. Committee reports Do Pass as amended; referred to Transportation Finance 3/13/17. Set for hearing 3/20/17. Committee report, Do Pass as amended; referred to Rules and Legislative Administration 3/23/17.

HF 1530 (Scott): A bill to require that task forces must comply with state open meetings laws. Bill only applies to a state Child Support Envorcement Task Force. See also Companion Bill SF 1716.
Status: Introduced 2/22/17; referred to Government Operations & Elections Policy. Set for hearing 3/2/17. Committee reports Do Pass; sent to House floor 3/7/17. Second reading 3/7/17.

HF 1544 (Pugh): A bill to modify the requirements that political subdivisions must meet before denying a data request. See also Companion Bill SF 1718. 
Status: Introduced 2/22/17; referred to Civil Law and Data Practices Policy. Laid over for possible inclusion in Omnibus bill 2/28/17.

HF 1596 (Scott): A bill delaying the expiration of the current legislative commission on data practices. See also Companion Bill SF 1568.
Status: Introduced 2/22/17; referred to Civil Law and Data Practices Policy. Set for hearing 3/7/17. Committee reports Do Pass as amended, referred to State Government Finance 3/9/17.

HF 1701 (Omar): A bill pertaining to definitions of electronic data collections by third parties for governmental entities. See also Companion Bill SF 2026. 
Status: Introduced 2/23/17; referred to Civil Law and Data Practices Policy. Set for hearing 3/2/17. Laid over for possible inclusion in Data Practices Omnibus bill 3/2/17.

HF 1727 ( Zerwas): Requiring schools to track energy consumption. See also Companion Bill SF 1510.
Status: Introduced 2/27/17; referred to Education Innovation Policy.

HF 1742 (Runbeck): A bill to require a study on the vulnerability of the electric grid to solar storms; appropriate money.
Status: Introduced 2/27/17; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance committee.

HF 1772 (Maye Quade): Establish a 50% Renewable Energy Standard. See also Companion Bill SF 1531.
Status: Introduced 2/27/17; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance committee.

HF 1814 (Thissen):  To require an interim study on making more legislative records and information available to the public. See Companion Bill SF 1553.
Status: Introduced 2/27/17; referred to Civil Law and Data Practices Policy. Laid over for possible inclusion in Omnibus bill 3/7/17.

HF 1815 (Newberger): A bill for utility tax reform. 
Status: Introduced 2/27/17; Referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance.

HF 1882 (West): A bill to modify the solar energy standard for IOUs; modifying the compliance amount that must come from small DG. See also Companion Bill SF 1649.
Status: Introduced 3/1/17; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance. Set for hearing 3/20/17. Amended and laid over for possible inclusion in Omnibus bill 3/20/17. See Omnibus Energy Bill SF 1937Passed in final Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill SF 1456. Signed by Governor 5/30/17. 

HF 1923 (Wagenius): Providing tax credits for solar energy system purchases and installation costs. See also Companion Bill SF 1863.
Status: Introduced 3/1/17; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability. Committee reports Do Pass; referred to Taxes.

HF 1985 (Davids): A bill to revise the taxes on generation, transmission and distribution property of electric utilities. See also Companion Bill SF 2193.
Status: Introduced 3/2/17; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance. Committee reports Do Pass; referred to Taxes 3/13/17.

HF 2004 (Garofalo): A bill to allow for a reduced tax rate on electricity, gas, propane and water sold to restaurants.
Status: Introduced 3/2/17; referred to Taxes.

HF 2009 (Lesch): A bill prohibiting government access to electronic communication held by a service provider or other third party without certain procedures. See also Companion Bill SF 2037.
Status: Introduced 3/2/17; referred to Civil Law and Data Practices Policy.

HF 2038 (Scott): A bill stating that if a public employee receives part of his/her salary from another entity, it must be disclosed under public records laws. See also Companion Bill SF 1717.
Status: Introduced 3/2/17; referred to Civil Law and Data Practices Policy.

HF 2052 (Schomacker): A bill backed by wind on the wires to exempt certain large wind projects from certificate of need provisions; bypasses some local permitting. See also Companion Bill SF 1706.
Status: Introduced 3/2/17; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance. Set for hearing 3/20/17. Amended and laid over for possible inclusion in Omnibus bill 3/20/17. See Omnibus Energy Bill SF 1937See Second Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill, SF 1456. Signed by Governor 5/30/17.

HF 2170 (Drazkowski): Set back requirements set for wind; establishes a procedure for wind turbine noise complaints. See also Companion Bill SF 1906.
Status: Introduced 3/6/17; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance.

HF 2202 (Howe): A bill to modify the IOU electric vehicle charging tariffs to require a highway user charge (tax) to be applied and collected on electric vehicles.
Status: Introduced 3/7/17; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance.

HF 2233 (Anselmo): A bill to increase the department of commerce assessment on utilities to pay for technical assistance/staff for CIP evaluations/compliance. See also Companion Bill SF 1907.
Status: Introduced 3/8/17; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy & Finance.

HF 2248 (Bahr): A bill to allow large electrical customers (any retail customer taking service at 69kV) to choose its electric provider; requires wheeling; third party provider will NOT be considered a public utility. See also Companion Bill SF 2054.
Status: Introduced 3/8/17; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy & Finance. Set for hearing 3/20/17. Laid over for possible inclusion in Omnibus bill 3/20/17.

HF 2249 (Rarick): A bill to appropriate $100,000 for the commissioner of employment and economic development to update the "Clean Energy Economy Profile" that was done in 2014. See also Companion Bill SF 1972.
Status: Introduced 3/8/17; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy & Finance.

HF 2278 (Baker): Exemption cooperatives with fewer than 5,000 customers and municipals with fewer than 1,000 customers from certain CIP requirements. See also Companion Bill SF 2054.
Status: Introduced 3/9/17; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance. Set for hearing 3/20/17. Laid over for possible inclusion in Omnibus bill 3/20/17. See Omnibus Energy Bill SF 1937See Second Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill, SF 1456. Signed by Governor 5/30/17.

HF 2291 (Bahr): A bill to revise the state's greenhouse gas emissions goals to a single goal to reduce emissions in an affordable manner.
Status: Introduced 3/9/17; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance.

HF 2295 (Thissen): A bill that defines what constitutes accessibility to public records and establishing a complaint process for inaccessibility.
Status: Introduced 3/9/17; referred to Civil Law and Data Practices Policy.

HF 2300 (Garofalo): A bill to repeal the state's biomass mandate.  
Status: Introduced 3/9/17; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance. Set for hearing 3/20/17. Amended and laid over for possible inclusion in Omnibus bill 3/20/17. Passed in final Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill SF 1456. Signed by Governor 5/30/17.

HF 2330 (Loeffler): Establishing a Green Roof Advisory Task Force; reporting to legislature required. See also Companion Bill SF 316.
Status: Introduced 3/13/17; referred to Environment & Natural Resources.

HF 2355 (Thissen): Increasing the maximum cap on community solar gardens under 216B.1641 to 5 MW.
Status: Introduced 3/13/17; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability.

HF 2383 (A. Carlson): A bill to include manufacturers of clean energy technologies as eligible for certain loans.
Status: Introduced 3/13/17; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability.

HF 2386 (O'Neill): Modifying the state's energy policy goals under 216C.05 to include the goal of retail electric rates being at least 5 percent below the national average.
Status: Introduced 3/13/17; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability. See Omnibus Energy Bill SF 1937See Second Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill, SF 1456. Signed by Governor 5/30/17.

HF 2421 (Backer): A bill to exempt all sales of electricity from sales and use taxes, regardless of customer class or time of year.
Status: Introduced 3/15/17; referred to Taxes.

HF 2426 (Whelan): A bill to establish a Legislative Property Tax Reform Property Task Force; report of the Task Force due to legislature February 2018.
Status: Introduced 3/15/17; referred to Government Operations & Elections Policy. Set for hearing 3/21/17. Committee reports Do Pass as amended; referred to Taxes 3/21/17. Re-referred to Rules and Legislative Administration 3/23/17.

HF 2455 (Garofalo): A bill to have four members of the MPUC appointed by the legislature and one member by the Governor. See also Companion Bill SF 2226.
Status: Introduced 3/20/17; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability. See Omnibus Energy Bill SF 1937Not included in Second Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill, SF 1456. Failed to be included in final version of Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill.

HF 2460 (Quade): A bill allowing IOU cost recovery for certain alternative fuel vehicle programs.
Status: Introduced 3/20/17; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability.

HF 2543 (Torkelson): Requiring an expert panel review of certain agency actions/rulemakings (includes MPCA).
Status: Introduced 3/27/17; referred to Government Operations and Elections Policy.

HF 2579 (Thissen): A bill prohibiting the collection of personal information without a customer's written consent. See also Companion Bill SF 2309.
Status: Introduced 4/4/17; referred to Commerce & Regulatory Reform.

HF 2695 (Pugh): A bill to study electric grid vulnerability to solar storms or electric magnetic pulse.
Status: Introduced 5/19/17; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy & Finance.

 

2017 Senate Bill Introductions

SF 45 (Rest): A comprehensive bill for various tax updates/reforms.
Status: Introduced 1/9/17; referred to Taxes.

SF 141 (Weber): A bill modifying MPUC regulation over cooperatives. See also companion bill HF 234. 
Status: Introduced 1/17/17; referred to Energy & Utilities Finance & Policy. Set for hearing 1/31/17. Passed committee; referred to Finance 1/31/17. Set for hearing 2/15/17. Re-set for hearing 3/2/17. HF 234 substituted in committee for SF 141. See HF 234. See Senate Omnibus Energy Bill SF 1937See Second Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill, SF 1456. Signed by Governor 5/30/17.

SF 180 (Osmek): A bill to repeal the special hydrogen energy incentives. See also Companion Bill HF 37.
Status: Introduced 1/19/17; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance & Policy. Set for hearing 2/14/17. Committee amended and recommends Do Pass; referred to State Government Finance & Policy & Election 2/21/17. Committee reports Do Pass as amended; referred to Senate floor 2/22/17.

SF 210 (Senjem): Refiling of the 2016 Bonding Bill. See also Companion Bill HF 892.
Status: Introduced 1/19/17; referred to Capital Investment.  Committee recommends Do Pass; referred to Finance. Referred to Transportation Finance & Policy. Committee reports Do Pass; re-referred to Finance 2/22/17. Committee amends and recommends Do Pass 3/7/17. Referred to Senate floor; second reading 3/8/17.

SF 214 (Osmek): A bill to modify the Renewable Development Fund; repurpose incentives. See also Companion Bill HF 235.
Status: Introduced 1/19/17; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance & Policy. Set for hearing 2/9/17. Committee recommends Do Pass; referred to Finance committee 2/9/17. See Senate Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill SF 1937See Second Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill, SF 1456Some revisions to the RDF and termination of Made in Minnesota were passed in final version of SF 1456. Signed by Governor 5/30/17. 

SF 316 (Dziedzic): A bill to establish a green roof advisory task force. See also Companion Bill HF 2330.
Status: Introduced 1/23/17; referred to Energy & Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 2/28/17. Heard in committee 2/28/17; laid over.

SF 411 (Weber): A bill to revise the wind production tax. See also Companion Bill HF 527.
Status:
 Introduced 1/26/17; referred to Taxes. Heard in committee 2/6/17; passed by committee. Set for hearing 3/14/17. Laid over for possible inclusion in omnibus bill 3/14/17. See Omnibus Tax Bill HF 4.

SF 460 (Dahms): Tax exemptions for construction materials for municipal projects. See also Companion Bill HF 299.
Status: Introduced 1/30/17; referred to Taxes. Set for hearing 2/14/17. Set for hearing 2/14/17. Laid over for possible inclusion in omnibus bill 2/14/17. See Omnibus Tax bill HF 4Failed to be included in final version of Omnibus Tax Bill. 

SF 508 (Mathews): A bill to repeal the hydroelectric cap under the Renewable Energy Standard. See also Companion Bill HF 81.
Status: Introduced 2/2/17; referred to Energy & Utilities Finance & Policy. 

SF 561 (Osmek): A bill to collocate small wireless facilities on utility poles. See Companion Bill HF 739.
Status:
 Introduced 2/2/17; referred to Energy & Utilities Finance & Policy. Set for hearing 3/2/17. Committee reports Do Pass as amended; referred to Local Government 3/2/17. Amended and passed in the final version of SF 1456. Signed by Governor 5/30/17.

SF 581 (Koran): A bill to prohibit the use of public funds to promote or defeat a ballot measure.  See also Companion Bill HF 545.
Status:
 Introduced 2/2/17; referred to State Government Finance & Policy & Elections. Set for hearing 2/23/17. Held over 2/23/17. Committee recommends Do Pass 2/23/17. Pending on Senate floor.

SF 674 (Osmek): A bill to establish the Ratepayer Advocacy Office at the MPUC. See also Companion Bill HF 1280.
Status: Introduced 2/6/17; referred to Energy & Utilities Finance & Policy Committee. 

SF 695 (Newman): A bill for review of MPCA rule-makings/actions; prohibits enforcing un-adopted rules. See also Companion Bills HF 702. 
Status: Introduced 2/6/17; referred to Environment & Natural Resources Legacy and Finance committee. Set for hearing 2/13/17. Committee recommends Do Pass; referred to State Government Finance and Policy and Elections. Set for hearing 3/6/17. Committee reports Do Pass as amended; referred to Environment & Natural Resources Finance 3/7/17. Set for hearing 3/15/17. Committee amends and reports Do Pass; to be included in Environment & Natural Resources Omnibus bill 3/15/17. See Omnibus Environment and Natural Finance Bill HF 888. See Second Omnibus Environment and Natural Resources Bill, SF 844Not included in Final Omnibus Environment and Natural Resources Bill.

SF 769 (Kiffmeyer): A bill to require legislative approval before agency rules are adopted. See also Companion Bill HF 1285.
Status: Introduced 2/9/17; referred to State Government Finance & Policy & Elections committee. Set for hearing 3/9/17. Laid over for possible inclusion in omnibus bill 3/9/17. Not included in Final Omnibus Environment and Natural Resources Bill.

SF 829 (Marty): Establishing an electric vehicle promotion program for utilities.
Status: Introduced 2/9/17; referred to Energy & Utilities Finance & Policy.  

SF 839 (Kiffmeyer): A bill revising campaign finance rules; revising lobbyist reporting rules. See also Companion Bill HF 2419.
Status: Introduced 2/9/17; referred to State Government Finance & Policy & Elections committee. Set for hearing 2/21/17. Committee reports Do Pass as amended; referred to Finance 2/22/17. Committee reports Do Pass 5/4/17. Second reading on Senate floor 5/4/17. 

SF 905 (Fischbach): A bill to require state agencies meet certain requirements before pursuing lawsuits against local government. See also Companion Bill HF 1007.
Status: Introduced 2/13/17; referred to State Government Finance & Policy & Elections.

SF 910 (Relph): A bill to appropriate money for the training and technical assistance for local government units in compliance with State Data Practices law. See also Companion Bill HF 1606.
Status: Introduced 2/13/17; referred to Judiciary & Public Safety Finance & Policy. Withdrawn and referred to State Government Finance and Policy and Elections 3/9/17.

SF 1027 (Ruud): Renaming the MPCA to the department of environment. See also Companion Bill HF 1622.
Status: Introduced 2/15/17; referred to Environment & Natural Resources Policy & Legacy Finance.

SF 1087 (Ingebrigtsen): Reforming and expediting environmental permitting; elimination the EQB and reassigning duties. See also Companion Bill HF 1291.
Status: Introduced 2/16/17; referred to Environment & Natural Resources Policy & Legacy Finance. Set for hearing 3/1/17. Committee reports Do Pass; referred to Judiciary & Public Safety Finance & Policy 3/1/17. Set for hearing 3/10/17. Committee reports Do Pass, referred to State Government Finance & Policy & Elections 3/10/17. Set for hearing 3/13/17. Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Finance; set for hearing 3/15/17. Amended; committee reports Do Pass; referred to Finance 3/16/17. See Omnibus Environment and Natural Resources Finance Bill HF 888. See Second Omnibus Environment and Natural Resources Bill, SF 844. Signed by Governor 5/30/17.

SF 1088 (Pratt): A bill to revise PACE financing, create a stakeholder group to establish consumer protections. See also Companion Bill HF 1377.
Status:
Introduced 2/16/17; referred to Energy & Utilities Finance & Policy. Committee reports Do Pass as amended; referred to State Government Finance and Policy & Elections 3/7/17. Set for hearing 3/10/17. Committee reports Do Pass as amended; second reading on Senate floor 3/13/17. Stricken and re-referred to Finance committee 3/14/17. See Senate Omnibus Energy Bill SF 1937See Second Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill, SF 1456. Signed by Governor 5/30/17.

SF 1111 (Mathews): Establishing a legislative renewable energy council. See also Companion Bill HF 1038.
Status: Introduced 2/16/17; referred to Energy & Utilities Finance & Policy. Set for hearing 2/21/17. Committee amended and recommends Do Pass; referred to State Government Finance & Policy & Elections 2/21/17. See Senate Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill SF 1937See Second Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill, SF 1456Not included in Final Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill.

SF 1174 (Miller): Rebates for energy storage, solar thermal, wind and geothermal heat pump systems. See also Companion Bill HF 1497.
Status: Introduced 2/20/17; referred to Energy & Utilities Finance & Policy. 

SF 1177 (Mathews): A bill to tie economic growth and job growth to the "rate reasonableness" and rulemaking process in energy rules/areas; tie consideration of renewable energy resource to job/economic growth. See also Companion Bill HF 1309.
Status: Introduced 2/20/17; referred to Energy & Utilities Finance & Policy. Laid over by committee 3/16/17. See Omnibus Energy Bill SF 1937Not included in Second Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill, SF 1456. Revised to require MPUC to consider impacts on jobs and economic growth when approving IRPs. Passed in final Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill SF 1456. Signed by Governor 5/30/17.

SF 1210 (Relph): A bill regarding just and reasonableness in determination of awarding attorney fees. See also Companion Bill HF 923.
Status: Introduced 2/20/17; referred to Judiciary & Public Safety Finance & Policy.

SF 1239 (Mathews): A bill to repeal the nuclear power moratorium. See also Companion Bill HF 359.
Status: Introduced 2/22/17; referred to Energy & Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 1251 (P. Anderson): A bill to establish a legislative commission on cyber security. See also Companion Bill HF 1896.
Status: Introduced 2/22/17; referred to State Government Finance & Policy & Elections. Set for hearing 3/9/17. Committee reports Do pass as amended; referred to Rules and Administration 3/9/17. Committee amends and report Do Pass 3/21/17. Second reading 3/23/17. Committee amends and report Do Pass 3/21/17. Second reading 3/23/17. Passed Senate (64-0) 5/1/17. Referred to House State Government Finance 5/4/17. See SF 1293.

SF 1269 (Dibble): A bill to establish a health and climate resiliency commission. See also Companion Bill HF 275.
Status: Introduced 2/22/17; referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance.

SF 1295 (Osmek): Allowing local governments to publish some notices on-line in lieu of newspaper publication. See also Companion Bill HF 1344.
Status: Introduced 2/22/17; referred to Local Government.

SF 1510 (Goggin): A bill requiring public schools to track energy usage. See Companion Bill HF 1727.
Status: Introduced 2/27/17; referred to E-12 Policy. Set for hearing 3/9/17. Laid over for possible inclusion in omnibus bill 3/9/17.

SF 1531 ( Frentz): A bill moving the Renewable Energy Standard to 50%. See also Companion Bill HF 1772.
Status: Introduced 2/27/17; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 1553 (Nelson): To require an interim study on making more legislative records and information available to the public. See Companion Bill HF 1814.
Status: Introduced 2/27/17; referred to State Government Policy and Elections. Set for hearing 3/7/17. Committee reports Do Pass; referred to Judiciary & Public Safety Finance & Policy 3/8/17.

SF 1649 (Ingebrigtsen): A bill to modify the solar energy standard for IOUs; changing certain compliance requirements. See also Companion Bill HF 1882.
Status: Introduced 3/1/17; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 3/7/17. Laid over 3/7/17. See Senate Omnibus Energy Bill SF 1937See Second Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill, SF 1456. Signed by Governor 5/30/17.

SF 1672 (Draheim): A bill to revise wind easement; extending the time before easement options lapse. See also Companion Bill HF 1487.
Status: Introduced 3/2/17; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 3/7/17. Committee recommends Do Pass 3/7/17. Referred to Senate floor; second reading 3/8/17. See Omnibus Energy Bill SF 1937See Second Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill, SF 1456Not included in Final Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill.

SF 1706 (Weber): Revising the Certificate of Need process for large wind facilities; clarifying local authority for siting of large wind. See also Companion Bill HF 2052.
Status: Introduced 3/2/17; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 3/9/17. Laid over 3/9/17. See Omnibus Energy Bill SF 1937See Second Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill, SF 1456. Signed by Governor 5/30/17.

SF 1715 (Limmer): A bill clarifying the need for a quorum to meet the definition of "meeting" under the Data Practices Act. See also Companion Bill HF 1105.
Status: Introduced 3/2/17; referred to Local Government.

SF 1716 (Limmer): A bill to require all open meetings laws to apply to a task force. Bill only applies to a state Child Support Enforcement Task Force. See also Companion Bill HF 1530.
Status: Introduced 3/2/17; referred to State Government Finance & Policy and Elections.

SF 1717 (Limmer): A bill stating that if a public employee receives part of his/her salary from another entity, it must be disclosed under public records laws. See also Companion Bill HF 2038.
Status: Introduced 3/2/17; referred to Judiciary & Public Safety Finance & Policy.

SF 1718 (Limmer): A bill setting forth the circumstances and procedures for denying access to government entity's data. See also Companion Bill HF 1544.
Status: Introduced 3/2/17; referred to Judiciary & Public Safety Finance & Policy.

SF 1719 (Limmer): A bill regarding the minimum retention period of governmental documents. See also Companion Bill HF 1185.
Status: Introduced 3/2/17; referred to Judiciary & Public Safety Finance & Policy.

SF 1863 (Simonson): Establishing a new income tax credit for installation of solar energy system. See also Companion Bill HF 1923.
Status: Introduced 3/7/17; referred to Taxes.

SF 1906 (Goggin): A bill to require setbacks for wind turbines; setting up a process for wind turbine noise complaints. See also Companion Bill HF 2170.
Status: Introduced 3/8/17; referred to Energy & Utilities Finance & Policy.

SF 1907 (Goggin): A bill that increases the assessments allowed by the Department of Commerce to pay for CIP evaluations/staff. It increases the maximum assessments from $850,000 to $950,000. See also Companion Bill HF 2233. 
Status: Introduced 3/8/17; referred to Energy & Utilities Finance & Policy. Laid over by committee 3/16/17. 

SF 1937: Omnibus Jobs, Commerce, Energy, Labor and Industry bill.
Status: Made up of various other bills, this is the Omnibus Energy bill. Passed Senate (58-9) 3/29/17. Passed House as amended (76-55) 4/6/17. Senate does not concur with House amendments; conference committee appointed 4/18/17. Conference committee: Senators Miller, Dahms, Osmek, P. Anderson, and Champion; Representatives Garofalo, Newberger, Hoppe, O'Neill, and Mahoney. Conference committee report completed 5/10/17. Conference report adopted by Senate (34-30) 5/15/17. Conference report adopted by House (75-54) 5/15/17. Vetoed by Governor 5/15/17. Superseded by Second Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill, SF 1456.

SF 1972 (Nelson): A bill to appropriate $100,000 to update the Clean Energy Economy Profile for the state of MN and report to the legislature. See also Companion Bill HF 2249.
Status: Introduced 3/9/17; referred to Jobs and Economic Growth Finance & Policy.

SF 1976 (Marty): A bill to revise state legislature ethics, revise campaign contribution and reporting, and revising lobbyist rules and disclosures. See also Companion Bill HF 2503. 
Status: Introduced 3/9/17; referred to State Government Finance & Policy & Elections.

SF 2026 (Dziedzic): A bill defining electronic access data to include data received by the government from an outside entity under contract with the governmental entity. See also Companion Bill HF 1701.
Status: Introduced 3/13/17; referred to Judiciary and Public Safety.

SF 2037 (Dibble): Limiting employer access to a job applicant's social media accounts. See also Companion Bill HF 2116.
Status: Introduced 3/13/17; referred to Jobs and Economic Growth.

SF 2054 (Osmek): A bill to exempt some small municipals and cooperatives from the CIP goals. See also Companion Bill HF 2278.
Status: Introduced 3/13/17; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. See Omnibus Energy Bill SF 1937See Second Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill, SF 1456. Signed by Governor 5/30/17.

SF 2055 (Osmek): A bill to repeal the language from the Next Generation Energy Act that was found unconstitutional by the court.  See also Companion Bill HF 1845.
Status: Introduced 3/13/17; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. See Omnibus Energy Bill SF 1937. Amended into and passed in final Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill SF 1456. Signed by Governor 5/30/17.

SF 2085 (Pappas): Requiring a report from the State Board of Investment on the impacts of climate change on current fossil fuel investments. See also Companion Bill HF 2472.
Status: Introduced 3/13/17; referred to State Government Finance & Policy & Elections.

SF 2092 (Draheim): A bill allowing municipals with a public utility franchise to charge certain franchise fees. See also Companion Bill HF 1146.
Status: Introduced 3/13/17; referred to Local Government. Committee reports Do Pass as amended; referred to Taxes 3/16/17. See Omnibus Tax Bill HF 4.

SF 2155 (Chamberlain): A bill to require local government lobbying reporting to include dues/fees sent to lobbying groups (League, CGMC, etc.) See also Companion Bill HF 2187.
Status: Introduced 3/16/17; referred to Taxes.

SF 2156 (Chamberlain): A bill to establish a Legislative property tax reform task force; report due to legislature February 2018. See also Companion Bill HF 2114.
Status: Introduced 3/16/17; referred to Taxes.

SF 2193 (Chamberlain): A bill to reform electric utility generation, transmission and distribution property taxes. See also Companion Bill HF 1985.
Status: Introduced 3/20/17; referred to Taxes.

SF 2226 (Osmek): A bill to change how MPUC commissioners are appointed. See also HF 2455.
Status: Introduced 3/23/17; referred to Energy & Utilities Finance & Policy. See Omnibus Energy Bill SF 1937Not included in Second Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill, SF 1456Not included in Final Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill.

SF 2240 (Dahms): Exempting construction materials from sales and excise taxes when purchased for certain construction activities, including local government work, local hospitals and nursing homes; etc. See also Companion Bill HF 1853.
Status: Introduced 3/23/17; referred to Taxes.

SF 2309 (Latz): A bill prohibiting the collection of personal information without a customer's written consent. See also Companion Bill HF 2579.
Status: Introduced 4/6/17; referred to Energy & Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 2338 (Eken): A bill allowing certain exemptions from the environmental assessment worksheets. See also Companion Bill HF 2588.
Status: Introduced 4/24/17; referred to Environment & Natural Resources Policy & Legacy Finance.