Minnesota

The Legislature convened on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015.

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Minnesota Legislative Guide

 

2015 House Bill Introductions

HF 1 (Kresha, Baker):  A bill to revise rule-making of state agencies; increasing the agency burden of proof and legislative oversight. See also Companion Bill SF 584.
Status:  Introduced 1/8/15; referred to Greater Minnesota Economic & Workforce Development Policy committee. Laid over 1/22/15.  

HF 93 (Quam, Pierson): A bill to establish a revolving loan fund for the dredging  of lakes to support hydro-electric power. See also Companion Bill SF 1166.
Status:   Introduced 1/12/15; referred to Job Growth & Energy Affordability Policy & Finance.

HF 95 (Scott, Fabian, Dill):  A bill to remove the cap on hydro-electric under the Renewable Energy Standard; counts WAPA sales in the retail sales calculation. See also companion bill SF 69.
Status:  Introduced 1/12/15; referred to Job Growth & Energy Affordability Policy & Finance.

HF 106 (Garofalo):  A bill to expand the Buy the Farm statutes to high speed rail. See also Companion Bill SF 130.
Status:   Introduced 1/12/15; referred to Agriculture Policy.  

HF 208 (Gruenhagen): A bill to prohibit public funds from being spent to oppose/support a ballot measure. See also Companion Bill SF 327.
Status: Introduced 1/15/15; referred to Government Operations & Elections Policy. Set for hearing 2/2/15. Heard in committee; laid over.

HF 333 (Newberger, O’Neill):   A bill requiring that the state implementation plan required under the federal Clean Power Plan be subject to legislative approval.  See also Companion bill SF 231.
Status
Introduced 1/26/15; referred to Job Growth & Energy Affordability. Committee passed (12-7) 3/9/15. Referred to Ways and Means Committee. Motion to recall and re-refer to Environment and Natural Resources committee; Motion Failed 3/10/15.

HF 338 (O’Neill, Newberger) A bill allow for a new nuclear generation unit to be constructed at Monticello. See also Companion Bill SF 536.
Status:  Introduced 1/26/15; referred to Job Growth & Energy Affordability.     

HF 341 (Swedzinski, Metsa):   A bill exempting natural gas generation units that do not sell power to utilities in state from the Certificate of Need process.  See also Companion Bill SF 237.
Status:  Introduced 1/26/15; referred to Job Growth & Energy Affordability. Set for hearing 2/25/15. Held over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill. 

HF 400 (Swedzinski): A bill to limit who can testify as an expert in stray voltage/dairy cases. See also Companion Bill SF 563.
Status: Introduced 1/29/15; referred to Job Growth & Energy Affordability Policy & Finance. 

HF 408 (Torkelson): Clarifying that wind and solar production taxes are not subject to levy limits. See also Companion Bill SF 413.
Status: Introduced 1/29/15; referred to Job Growth & Energy Affordability Policy & Finance. 

HF 468 (Miller): A bill to allow discharge of a portion of an easement acquired by condemnation if it is not being used. See also Companion Bill SF 116.
Status: Introduced 1/29/15; referred to Government Operations & Elections Policy. 

HF 492 (Newberger): Modifying the assessments on utilities used by the Legislative Energy Commission; requiring non-utility owners of renewable energy to contribute; requiring an accounting of spending. See also Companion bill SF 726.
Status: Introduced 1/29/15; referred to Government Operations & Elections Policy. 

HF 508 (Bly): Requring Buy the Farm type providions for pipeline impacts on landowners. See also Companion Bill SF 1059.
Status: Introduced 2/23/15; referred to Job Growth & Energy Affordability.

HF 572 (Hackbarth): Utility fees for crossing public lands and waters. See also Companion Bill SF 945.
Status: Introduced 2/5/15. Referred to Environment & Natural Resources. Set for hearing 3/3/15. Laid over for possible inclusion in omnibus energy bill 3/3/15.

HF 639 (Newberger): A bill to limit the state prohibition on new fossil fuel fired generation to only that generation built in Minnesota; eliminates the ban on importation of coal-fired generation. See also companion bill SF 725.  
Status:  Introduced 2/5/15; referred to Job Growth & Energy Affordability. Heard in committee 2/16/15; laid over. Passed committee 2/18/15.  Pending on House floor.

HF 655 (Fabian): A bill to change net metering for coops and munis to allow for avoided cost; also allows customer choice on how bill is credited for surplus power. See also companion bill SF 808.
Status:  Introduced 2/5/15; referred to Job Growth & Energy Affordability. 

HF 813 (Loonan):  Exempting Combined Heat and Power facilities from the prohibition of building new carbon-emitting facilities in the state. See also Companion Bill SF 1357.
Status:  Introduced 2/12/15; referred to Job Growth & Energy Affordability.Set for hearing 3/23/15. Laid over for possible inclusion in omnibus bill.

HF 831 (Scott):  Eliminates the restriction on disclosure of data related to a complaint or charge against certain public employees.
Status:  Introduced 2/12/15; referred to Civil Law & Data Practices.

HF 891 (Newberger): A bill to allow local authorities (counties) to have authority over permit applications by large solar systems; it also requires surety bonds for large solar installations. See also Companion Bill SF 1096.
Status: Introduced 2/16/15; referred to Job Growth & Energy.

HF 963 (Hamilton): A bill setting forth requirements before utility may cross rail lines. See also companion bill SF 877.
Status: Introduced 2/16/15; referred to Job Growth & Energy. 

HF 1117 (Bly) Making municipal power agencies subject to data practices and open meeting laws. See also SF 978.
Status: Introduced 2/23/15; referred to Job Growth & Energy Affordability.

HF 1133 (Newberger): A bill to revoke the study of and transition to an all-renewable Minnesota energy future. See also Companion Bill SF 1759.
Status: Introduced 2/23/15; referred to Government Operations & Elections. Set for hearing 3/17/15. Committee recommends Do Pass; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability committee.

HF 1210 (Newberger): A bill relating to the renewable energy standard and rate increases. See also Companion Bill SF 1758.
Status: Introduced 2/25/15; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability.

HF 1261 (Kresha): A bill to change the definition of substantial economic impact for the purposes of agency rule-making. See also Companion Bill SF 1329.
Status: Introduced 2/26/15; referred to Government Operations and Elections Policy. Passed committee 3/5/15; referred to Civil Law and Data Practices. Committee recommends Do Pass; re-referred to State Government Finance.

HF 1311 (Pugh): Exempting local joint powers boards from state sales taxes.
Status: Introduced 3/2/15; referred to Government Operations and Elections. 

HF 1315 (Garofalo): A bill to change the way IOUs recover from ratepayers to a performance-based rate design (E21).
Status: Introduced 3/2/15; referred to Job Growth & Energy Affordability.

HF 1320 (O'Neill): A bill to count electric energy storage as part of CIP; creating a made in Minnesota energy storage rebate program. See Companion Bill SF 1178.
Status: Introduced 3/2/15; referred to Job Growth & Energy Affordability.

HF 1335 (Kiel): Renewable tax credits for qualified facilities.
Status: Introduced 3/2/15; referred to Job Growth & Energy Affordability.

HF 1378 (Lucero): A bill to increase utility assessments for market accelerator lab funding. See also Companion Bill SF 984.
Status: Introduced 3/2/15; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability.

HF 1395 (Schomacher): A bill to increase the Renewable Energy Standard to 40% by 2030. See also Companion Bill SF 1077.
Status: Introduced 3/2/15; referred to Job Growth & Energy Affordability.

HF 1400 (Lucero):   A bill to repeal the nuclear generation prohibition. See also Companion Bill SF 306.
Status:  Introduced 3/4/15; referred to House Job Growth and Energy. 

HF 1421 (Swedzinski):  A bill to allow supply side savings to count for the first 1 percent of CIP savings. See also Companion Bill SF 602.
Status:  Introduced 3/4/15; referred to House Job Growth and Energy.

HF 1505 (Newberger):  A bill to delete the percentage reductions of the state greenhouse gas reduction goals and have the state goal to reduced greenhouse gases in an affordable manner.
Status:  Introduced 3/5/15; referred to House Job Growth and Energy.

HF 1621 (Scott): Repealing statutes to promote hydrogen as an energy source.
Status:  Introduced 3/9/15; referred to House Job Growth and Energy.

HF 1622 (Newberger):  A bill to have a local hearing at the facility site before a Certificate of Need is approved.
Status:  Introduced 3/9/15; referred to House Job Growth and Energy.

HF 1678 (Hortman):  Establishing a 40% RES, 2% CIP, and changing the energy assurance plan. See also Companion Bill SF 1431.
Status:  Introduced 3/10/15; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability. Set for hearing 3/25/15. Laid over for possible inclusion in omnibus bill.

HF 1679 (Yarusso):  Allowing publication of certain notices on city/local government websites. See also companion bill SF 1660.
Status:  Introduced 3/10/15; referred to Government Operations and Elections.

HF 1721 (Newberger):  A bill to allow CIP to count towards the RES.
Status:  Introduced 3/10/15; referred to Job Growth & Energy Affordability.

HF 1745 (Swedzinski):  A bill to have setback standards and drainage system evaluations for solar and transmission projects. See also Companion Bill SF 1744.
Status:  Introduced 3/11/15; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability. Set for hearing 3/19/15. Bill author moved the bill be recalled from Job Growth & Energy and re-referred to Government Operations committee 3/16/15. Following testimony, the bill was re-referred to Job Growth & Energy 3/19/15. Hearing set 3/25/15.  Laid over for possible inclusion in omnibus bill.

HF 1782 (Anzelc):  A bill to allow competitive electric rates for energy-intensive, trade-exposed utility customers. See also companion bill SF 1312.
Status:  Introduced 3/12/15; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability. Set for hearing 3/16/15. Laid over for possible inclusion in omnibus energy bill.

HF 1870 (Loonan): A bill to require IOUs do an additional energy optimization CIP goal, raising the state CIP goal to 2%.  See also Companion Bill SF 1098.
Status: Introduced 3/16/15; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability.

HF 1977 (Vogel): Requiring Commissioner of Labor to adopt certain IECC building codes.
Status: Introduced 3/17/15; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability.

HF 2007 (Scott): A bill changing the determination of CIP cost-effectiveness.
Status: Introduced 3/18/15; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability.

HF 2008 (Laine): Requiring designation of the newspaper with the highest circulation in the local government's area to be the paper of notice/minutes publication. See also SF 1856.
Status: Introduced 3/18/15; referred to Government Operations and Elections.

HF 2028 (Pugh): A bill regarding legislative approval of state agency rulemakings that will have local government impact of more than $10,000.  See also Companion Bill SF 1925.
Status: Introduced 3/19/15; referred to Government Operations & Elections.

HF 2032 (Garofalo): To create a state public power transmission and generation authority; authorizing retail sales by the authority.
Status: Introduced 3/19/15; referred to Job Growth and Energy.

HF 2033 (Newberger): A bill transferring some energy activities among state agencies—study required. 
Status: Introduced 3/19/15; referred to Job Growth and Energy.

HF 2081 (Garofalo): Requiring policies governing interconnection, rates and incentives by the IOUs for natural gas and electric vehicles. See also Companion Bill SF 1948
Status: Introduced 3/23/15; referred to Job Growth and Energy.

 

2015 Senate Bill Introductions

SF 69 (Benson, Osmek):  A bill to remove the cap on hydro-electric under the Renewable Energy Standard; counts WAPA sales in the retail sales calculation. See also companion bill HF 95.
Status:   Introduced 1/12/15; referred to Environment & Energy.

SF 86 (Latz): A bill to require inventory of surveillance equipment by political subdivisions. See also Companion bill HF 222.
Status:  Introduced 1/12/15; referred to Judiciary. Amended to apply only to license plate logs. Passed committee as amended; referred to Rules & Administration.

SF 95 (Osmek, B. Petersen):  A bill to repeal the moratorium on nuclear generation construction in the state.
Status:  Introduced 1/14/15; referred to Environment and Energy.

SF 116 (Koenen): A bill requiring the discharge of a non-used portion of an easement taken through eminent domain. See also Companion Bill HF 468.
Status: Introduced 1/15/15; referred to Judiciary. 

SF 130 (Thompson, Benson):  A bill applying “buy the farm” to light rail condemnation/eminent domain.  See also Companion Bill HF 106.
Status:  Introduced 1/15/15; referred to Transportation & Public Safety.

SF 231 (Brown, Osmek):  A bill to require legislative approval on the state implementation plan for the federal Clean Power Plan. See also Companion Bill HF 333.
Status:  Introduced 1/21/15; referred to Environment & Energy. Set for hearing 3/12/15. Laid over for possible inclusion in omnibus bill 3/12/15. Failed inclusion in Omnibus Bill.

SF 237 (Rosen, Saxhaug):  A bill exempting certain Natural Gas generation plants from Minnesota Certificate of Need requirements. See also Companion Bill HF 341.
Status:  Introduced 1/21/15; referred to Environment & Energy. Set for hearing 3/19/15. Held over for possible inclusion in Omnibus Bill.

SF 306 (Kiffmeyer, Dahms, Anderson): A bill repealing the prohibition on nuclear plant construction. See also Companion Bill HF 1400. 
Status:  Introduced 1/26/15; referred to Environment & Energy. Laid over for possible inclusion in omnibus bill 3/3/15.

SF 327 (Newman): A bill to prohibit public funds from being spent to oppose/support a ballot measure. See also Companion Bill HF 208.
Status: Introduced 1/26/15; referred to Rules and Administration. Set for hearing 3/19/15. Informational hearing held; no action taken.

SF 413 (Koenen): Application of levy limits to wind and solar generation production taxes. See also Companion Bill HF 408.
Status: Introduced 1/29/15; referred to Taxes. Laid over for possible inclusion in omnibus bill 2/26/15.

SF 536 (Anderson):  A bill to allow expansion at Monticello nuclear generation plant. See also Companion Bill HF 338.  
Status:  Introduced 2/5/15; referred to Environment & Energy. Set for hearing 3/3/15. Laid over for possible inclusion in omnibus bill 3/3/15.

SF 563 (Koenen):  A bill stating expert witness qualification requirements in certain dairy cases. See also Companion Bill HF 400.
Status:
 Introduced 2/5/15; Referred to Judiciary.

SF 584 (Westrom): A bill to revise rule-making of state agencies; increasing the agency burden of proof and legislative oversight. See also Companion Bill HF 1.
Status: Introduced 2/5/15; referred to Jobs, Ag & Rural Development. 

SF 602 (Benson):  A bill to allow supply side energy management to count towards the state Conservation Improvement Program. See also Companion Bill HF 1421.
Status:  Introduced 2/5/15; referred to Environment & Energy.

SF 725 (Brown):  A bill to remove the moratorium on the importation of electricity from new coal-fired plants. See also companion bill HF 639.
Status:  Introduced 2/12/15; referred to Environment & Energy.

SF 726 (Brown):  A bill modifying the funding of the Legislative Energy Commission. See also companion bill HF 492.
Status:  Introduced 2/12/15; referred to Environment & Energy.

SF 808 (Koenen): A bill to modify net metering, changing payments by utilities to be based on avoided costs. See also companion bill HF 655.
Status:  Introduced 2/12/15; referred to Environment & Energy.

SF 877 (Sparks):  Pertaining to fees paid by utilities for right of way crossing of railroads. See also companion bill HF 963.
Status:  Introduced 2/16/15; referred to Transportation & Public Safety. Set for hearing 3/16/15. Committee reports Do Pass as amended; referred to Environment & Energy 3/18/15. Included in Transportation Omnibus Bill (Dibble) (SF 1647).

SF 945 (Skoe): Utility licenses for crossing public lands.  See also Companion Bill HF 572.
Status: Introduced 2/23/15; referred to Environment & Energy. Committee reports Do Pass; referred to Finance. Set for hearing 3/25/15.

SF 978 (Dahle):  Making municipal power agencies subject to data practices and open meetings laws. See also HF 1117.
Status:  Introduced 2/19/15; referred to Judiciary. Set for hearing 3/13/15. Pulled off agenda for 3/13/15 hearing.

SF 984 (Dibble) A bill to fund an energy lab to market accelerator program. See also Companion Bill HF 1378.
Status: Introduced 2/19/15; referred to Environment & Energy. Committee passed as amended 3/12/15; referred to Finance.

SF 1059 (Dahle): Requring Buy the Farm type provisions for pipeline impacts on landowners. See also Companion Bill HF 508.
Status: Introduced 2/23/15; referred to Environment & Energy. 

SF 1077 (Dahle): Increasing the Renewable Energy Standard to 25% by 2020, 32% by 2025, and 40% by 2030. (Changes Xcel Energy's mandate to 35% by 2025 and 40% by 2040). See also Companion Bill HF 1395.
Status: Introduced 2/23/15; referred to Environment & Energy. Set for hearing 3/5/15.  Laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill. See Senate Omnibus Energy Bill SF 1431.

SF 1096 (Benson): Allowing for local government units to approve of permits for large solar developments. See also Companion Bill HF 891.
Status: Introduced 2/23/15; referred to Environment & Energy. See Senate Omnibus Energy Bill SF 1431.

SF 1098 (Dibble): Raising the CIP to 2%, requring an additional CIP-type program for IOUS called energy optimization projects. See also Companion Bill HF 1870.
Status: Introduced 2/23/15; referred to Environment & Energy. Set for hearing 3/10/15.  Laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill. See Senate Omnibus Energy Bill SF 1431.

SF 1166 (Senjem): Establishing a revolving loan program to facilitate the dredging of lakes for hydroelectric projects. See also Companion Bill HF 93.
Status: Introduced 2/26/15; referred to Environment and Energy.

SF 1178 (Hoffman, Rosen): A bill allowing energy storage systems to count as CIP; establishing a Made in MN energy storage rebate program. See also Companion Bill HF 1320.
Status: Introduced 2/26/15; referred to Environment & Energy. Set for hearing 3/19/15. Committee amended and referred to Finance committee with no recommendation 3/23/15.

SF 1312 (Tomassoni):  A bill to require a special rate schedule for IOUs to offer energy-intensive trade exposed industries (mines, paper mills, etc.). See also Companion Bill HF 1782.
Status:  Introduced 3/4/15; referred to Environment and Energy.

SF 1355 (Rosen):  A bill to streamline utility permitting; having more local approval of certain projects, exemption some transmission from certificates of need, and imposing permitting time limits.
Status:  Introduced 3/4/15; referred to Environment and Energy.

SF 1357 (Dibble):  A bill to exempt combined heat and power from the 216H greenhouse gas moratorium. See also Companion Bill HF 813.
Status: Introduced 3/4/15; referred to Environment and Energy.

SF 1431 (Marty):  A bill for a 40% RES, modifying solar permitting; and establishing an energy assurance and emergency conservation plan. See also Companion Bill HF 1678.
Status: Introduced 3/5/15; referred to Environment and Energy. Set for hearing 3/12/15. Laid over for possible inclusion in Omnibus bill 3/12/15. Senate Omnibus Energy Bill.  Re-heard in committee 3/23/15.  Passed on voice vote; referred to Senate floor.

SF 1636 (Skoe): A bill revising taxes on wind; repealing some generation facility tax incentives/breaks. 
Status:  Introduced 3/11/15; referred to Taxes.  Set for hearing 3/19/15. Laid over for possible inclusion in Omnibus Tax Bill 3/19/15.

SF 1657 (Dahle): Renewable DG system tax credit allowance for family farm businesses. See also Companion Bill HF 1455.
Status: Introduced 3/12/15; referred to Taxes. Amended and laid over for possible inclusion in Omnibus Tax Bill 3/23/15. 

SF 1660 (Dahle): A bill allowing website publication of city/local government notices. See also Companion Bill HF 1679.
Status: Introduced 3/12/15; referred to State and Local Government.

SF 1735 (Marty): A bill to revise IOU rate structure (Xcel energy E21). 
Status: Introduced 3/16/15; referred to Environment & Energy. Heard in committee 3/19/15; laid over for possible inclusion in Omnibus Energy bill.

SF 1744 (Dahms): Set back required for solar installations; ag drainage analysis required for certain siting.  See also Companion Bill HF 1745.
Status:  Introduced 3/16/15; referred to Environment & Energy.

SF 1758 (Benson): Delaying the compliance time for the Renewable Energy Standard upon 2% rate increase.  See also Companion Bill HF 1210.
Status: Introduced 3/16/15; referred to Environment & Energy. 

SF 1759 (Benson): A bill to repeal funding for a study to transition to an all-renewable economy.  See also Companion Bill HF 1133.
Status: Introduced 3/16/15; referred to Environment & Energy. 

SF 1851 (J. Pederson): Prohibiting state agencies from fining local governments for violations of state law.
Status: Introduced 3/18/15; referred to State and Local Government.

SF 1856 (Goodwin): Requiring certain notice publications in the newspaper with the highest circulation. See also Companion Bill HF 2008.
Status: Introduced 3/18/15; referred to State and Local Government.

SF 1948 (Marty): Requiring IOUs to provide incentives, rates, and policies supporting natural gas-fueled or electric-fueled vehicles.  See also Companion Bill HF 2081. 
Status: Introduced 3/23/15; referred to Environment & Energy.

 

Regulatory

C-BED

MRES cooperates with the effort of the State of Minnesota to develop community-based wind energy projects by communities within the state. This effort is known as Community-Based Energy Development or C-BED. To learn about MRES participation in C-BED, click here.