2019 Senate Bill Introductions


SF 100 (Osmek): A bill to amend the IRP statute to require that IOU IRPs include a pilot program on storage and allow IOUs to recover cost from ratepayers. See also Companion Bill HF165.
Status: Introduced 1/14/2019; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 1/15/2019; Committee recommends To Pass as amended 1/19/2019 and re-referred to Finance. Committee reports To Pass as amended 1/28/19. Second reading on Senate floor.

SF 105 (Little): A bill requiring solar garden owners to provide prospective subscribers a disclosure checklist standard form. See also Companion Bill HF 1125.
Status:  Introduced 1/14/2019; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 157 (Jensen): A proposed amendment to the Minnesota Constitution to reducing the size of the legislature.
Status: Introduced 1/17/2019; referred to State Government Finance and Policy and Elections.

SF 172 (Latz): A revision to data practices law to authorize disclosure of certain personnel information to a person who made a sexual harassment complaint. See also Companion Bill HF 798.
Status: Introduced 1/17/2019; referred to Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy. 

SF 182 (Lang): Establishing an account and temporary process to compensate businesses for loss of business resulting from sale and closure of a biomass energy plant.
Status: Introduced 1/17/2019; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Hearing held 1/22/19; laid over for possible inclusion in omnibus bill.

SF 248 (Limmer): A bill expanding the notification requirements for a data security breach. See also Companion Bill HF 54.
Status: Introduced 1/17/2019; referred to Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 2/11/2019. Hearing held 2/11/19; laid over for possible inclusion in omnibus bill.

SF 385 (Bigham): A revision to modify and increase the renewable energy standard to 50% by 2030.
Status: Introduced 1/22/2019, referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy 1/22/2019.

SF 425 (Marty): A process to reestablish a planning strategy for a sustainable energy future in Minnesota’s by limiting the contribution of Green House Gas. Empowering the Minnesota Department of Commerce Division of Energy Resources to develop a framework for stakeholder input.
Status: Introduced 1/24/2019; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. 

SF 488 (Osmek): A bill to require more consumer protection and disclosure in regards to solar garden contracts and marketing materials. 
Status: Introduced 1/24/2019; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing on 2/19/2019. Hearing held 2/19/2019; amended, laid over for possible inclusion in omnibus bill.

SF 514 (Osmek):This would require a solar garden owner to provide prospective subscribers with a disclosure checklist at least ten days prior to the execution of a contract.

Status: Introduced 1/28/2019; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy 1/28/2019.

SF 582 ( Rest): A bill to establish an advisory commission to draw new legislative district lines after the 2020 Census. See also Companion Bill HF 1018.
Status: Introduced 1/28/19; referred to State Government Finance and Policy and Elections.

SF 603 (Utke): Reduces the threshold for requesting a public hearing on a proposed agency rulemaking. See Companion Bill HF 53.
Status: Introduced 1/28/19; referred to State Government Finance and Policy and Elections. Set for hearing 2/14/19. Laid over for possible inclusion in omnibus bill.

SF 627 (Marty): A bill to reinstate the MPCA Citizens Board. See also Companion Bill HF 973.
Status: Introduced 1/28/19; referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance. 

SF 633 (Osmek): This would abolish the prohibition against a utility requesting a license for adding additional storage casks for spent nuclear fuel.
Status: Introduced 1/31/2019; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 713 (Goggin): This bill would sunset the requirements for a public utility to provide support for solar gardens within their service territory. See also Companion Bill HF 588.
Status: Introduced 1/31/2019; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 2/14/2019. Laid over for possible inclusion in omnibus bill 2/14/19.

SF 802 (Limmer): This will extend the expiration date for the Legislative Commission on Data Practices and Personal Data Privacy until 2026 and appropriate funding for fiscal year 2020 and 2021. See also Companion Bill HF 804.
Status: Introduced 2/4/19: referred to Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 2/12/19. Committee recommends Do Pass and re-referred to State Government Finance and Policy and Elections 2/12/19. Committee recommends Do Pass; re-referred to State Government Finance and Policy and Elections 2/12/19.

SF 848 (Goggin):  The bill would redefine the setback requirements for wind turbine siting, and create a resolution process for the evaluation, investigation and ultimate resolution of noise complaints of wind energy conversion systems. See also Companion Bill HF 894.
Status: Introduced 2/4/19; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. 

SF 850 (Frentz): This bill would increase the renewable energy standard for all electric utilities to 55 percent by 2030, 80 percent by 2035 and 100 percent carbon free by 2050. Owners of a nuclear generating facility would increase to 55 percent in 2025, 60 percent by 2030, 85 percent by 2035 and also be 100 percent carbon free by 2050. Additionally it would remove solid waste or refuse solid waste as a renewable resource. See also Companion Bill HF 700.
Status: Introduced 2/4/19; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. 

SF 901 (Rest): A bill to allow additional conditions for tax refunds on construction materials. This would allow contractors to apply for the tax refund for materials used on exempt projects. See also Companion Bill HF 670.
Status: Introduced 2/7/2019; referred to Taxes. Set for hearing 2/20/19.

SF 1013 (Dibble):  This bill would increase the renewable energy standard for all electric utilities to 55 percent by 2030, 80 percent by 2035 and 100 percent carbon free by 2050. Owners of a nuclear generating facility would increase to 55 percent in 2026, 60 percent by 2030, 85 percent by 2035 and also be 100 percent carbon free by 2050. Additionally it would remove solid waste or refuse solid waste as a renewable resource.
Status: Introduced 2/7/2019; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. 

SF 1078 (Torres Ray): This bill would increase the renewable energy standard for all electric utilities to 55 percent by 2030, 80 percent by 2035 and 100 percent carbon free by 2050. Owners of a nuclear generating facility would increase to 55 percent in 2026, 60 percent by 2030, 85 percent by 2035 and also be 100 percent carbon free by 2050. Additionally it would remove solid waste or refuse solid waste as a renewable resource.
Status: Introduced 2/11/2019; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 1142 (Laine): A bill to modify the Data Practices Act and Open Meeting Law to include the legislative branch.
Status: Introduced 2/11/2019; referred to Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy. 

SF 1193 (Osmek): A bill to increase the authority of the Public Utilities Commission in regulating community solar gardens. See also Companion Bill HF 1561.
Status: Introduced 2/14/2019; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.  Set for hearing 2/19/19. Laid over for consideration in omnibus bill.

SF 1246 (Jasinski): This bill would allow open meetings by local government additional conditions for attendance by interactive television. See also Companion Bill HF 281.
Status: Introduced 2/14/2019; referred to Local Government.

SF 1264 (Anderson, P): A bill to create a Legislative Commission on Cybersecurity. The commission would provide oversight and policy leadership for Minnesota’s cybersecurity infrastructure.
Status: Introduced 2/14/2019; referred to State Government Finance and Policy and Elections. Set for hearing 2/21/2019.

SF 1372 (Mathews): A bill to eliminating the size limitation on hydropower sources that may satisfy the renewable energy standard.
Status: Introduced 2/18/2019; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 1423 (Senjem): A bill to modify the Xcel’s solar energy incentive program by extending the life of the program and increasing the transfer of funds from their renewable development account. See also Companion Bill HF 1022.
Status: Introduced 2/18/2019; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 1424 (Dibble): A bill to establish a loan fund for “Solar on Schools” projects. The bill would allow developers to bypass service territory agreements and prohibit the incumbent utility from recovering costs within future rate cases. See also Companion Bill HF 1133.
Status: Introduced 2/18/2019; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing on 2/21/2019. 

SF 1426 (Mathews): This bill would terminate the ongoing payments for storage of nuclear waste and limit the expenditures made from the renewable development account to previous legislative mandates. See also Companion Bill HF 902.
Status: Introduced 2/18/2019; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 1430 (Dibble): A bill to regulate the use of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) by law enforcement. The bill defines the limitations and exceptions to their use. See also Companion Bill HF 1236.
Status: Introduced 2/18/2019; referred to Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy.

SF 1432 (Dibble): A bill to protect an applicant for employment or an existing employee’s personal usernames and passwords from access by an employer. See also Companion Bill HF 1196
Status: Introduced 2/18/2019; referred to Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy. 

SF 1456 (Senjum): A bill that would strengthen the requirement for the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to give preference for renewable or carbon-free energy when reviewing any Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). Additionally, the PUC is charged with considering the impacts of local job creation or job loss when choosing a generation resource. See also Companion Bill HF 1405.
Status: Introduced 2/18/2019; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. 

SF 1480 (Rarick): Appropriating funding for the remaining “Made in Minnesota” incentives.
Status: Introduced 2/21/2019; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 1489 (Torres Ray):  A bill to require utilities to submit an annual diversity report. 
Status: Introduced 2/21/2019; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 1503 (Goggin): Requiring public schools required to maintain monthly utility consumption data and enter that data into the B3 benchmarking tool. See also Companion Bill HF1369.
Status: Introduced 2/21/2019; referred to E-12 Finance and Policy.

SF 1549 (Nelson): Appropriation to update Minnesota’s “Clean Energy Economy Profile”
Status: Introduced 2/21/2019; referred to Jobs and Economic Growth Finance and Policy. 

SF 1608 (Osmek): A bill to amend the IRP statute to require that IOU IRPs include a pilot program on storage and allow IOUs to recover cost from ratepayers. See also Companion Bill HF1165.
Status: introduced 2/21/2019; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. 


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