2021 House Bill Introductions

HF 10 (Stephenson): Clean Energy First. This bill revises the Integrate Resource Plan process to require utilities to pick “clean” or carbon-free energy first before other resources. Also amended into House Omnibus Energy Bill, HF 2110.
Status: Introduced 1/07/2021; referred to Climate and Energy Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 2/11/2021. Passed as amended (10-7) and referred to House floor.

HF 43 (Quam): This bill would prohibit the aggregation of contiguous property in an eminent domain proceeding. See companion bill SF 322.
Status: Introduced 1/11/2021; referred to Judiciary Finance and Civil Law.

HF 52 (Nash): This bill requires that open meetings offer a public comment period, including meetings conducted by electronic means. See companion bill SF 180.
Status: Introduced 1/11/2021; referred to State Government Finance and Elections.

HF 66 (Bahner): This bill creates a Legislative Commission on Cybersecurity to review policies and practices of state agencies along with recommendations for security enhancement. See companion bill SF 1174.
Status: Introduced 1/11/2021; referred to State Government Finance and Elections. Set for hearing 2/4/2021. Laid over for consideration into an omnibus bill.

HF 70 (Freiberg): This bill creates a revolving loan fund with funding from the Renewable Development Fund for energy conservation on state buildings. See companion bill SF 543.
Status: Introduced 1/11/2021; referred to Climate and Energy Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 2/4/2021. Passed committee (10-7) and was re-referred to State Government Finance and Elections. Set for hearing 2/25/2021. Passed (8-4) re-referred to Climate and Energy Finance and Policy 2/25/2021. Amended into House Omnibus Energy Bill, HF 2110.

HF 129 (Novotny): This bill clarifies and strengthens the definitions and penalties for trespassing, recruiting, or educating individuals to trespass on or damage critical infrastructure. See companion bill SF 1378.
Status: Introduced 1/14/2021; referred to Committee on Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy.

HF 164 (Stephenson): The bill establishes the Energy Conservation and Optimization Act. This bill would revise current energy efficiency laws and pave the way for more beneficial electrification. See companion bill SF 227. Also amended into House Omnibus Energy Bill, HF 2110.
Status: Introduced 1/19/2021; referred to Climate and Energy Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 1/26/2021. Passed committee (10-7) and was moved to the general register 1/26/2021. Passed committee (10-7); referred to House floor. Set for hearing 4/12/2021.

HF 168 (Lee): This bill would require the PUC to consider the cumulative effects of pollution before issuing new or renewed permits. See companion bill SF 186.
Status: Introduced 1/19/2021; referred to Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 2/16/2021. Passed as amended, laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill 2/16/2021.

HF 215 (Lislegard): Seeks to exclude load management equipment from state inspections as long as it was installed by an electrician. See companion bill SF 181.
Status: Introduced 1/21/2021; referred to Labor, Industry, Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy.

HF 225 (Quam): This bill would create a loan pool or grant system to assist with repairs of damage to critical infrastructure following a disaster.
Status: Introduced 1/21/2021; referred to Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy.

HF 248 (Wazlawik): Requires the commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency to hold public hearings before finalizing a stipulation agreement or consent decree. See companion bill SF 606.
Status: Introduced 1/21/2021; referred to Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 3/11/2021. Passed as amended, laid over for possible inclusion into an omnibus bill 3/11/2021.

HF 254 (Lueck): Modifies critical infrastructure definitions and outlines fines for violating those protections. See companion bill SF 386.
Status: Introduced 1/25/2021; referred to Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy.

HF 257 (Wazlawik): This bill would disallow homeowners associations from prohibiting solar installations.
Status: Introduced 1/21/2021; referred to Climate and Energy Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 2/4/2021. Passed committee (10-7) and was re-referred to Judiciary Finance and Civil Law. Set for hearing 3/11/2021. Passed as amended (10-6), re-referred to Climate and Energy Finance and Policy 3/11/2021.

HF 278 (Long): Increases the Renewable Energy Standard, introduces a Clean Energy Standard, adds new labor practices and modifies the Public Utility Commissions authority. See companion bill SF 643.
Status: Introduced 1/25/2021; referred to Climate and Energy Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 2/4/2021. Rescheduled TBD. Amended into House Omnibus Energy Bill, HF 2110.

HF 347 (Scott): This modifies the definition of an unauthorized security breach. See companion bill SF 1127.
Status: Introduced 1/28/2021; referred to Judiciary Finance and Civil Law.

HF 359 (Quam): Supports the creation of a revolving loan pool for dredging to improve hydroelectric projects.
Status: Introduced 2/1/2021; referred to Climate and Energy Finance and Policy.

HF 420 (Lucero): The bill would repeal the prohibition of new nuclear power in Minnesota.
Status: Introduced 1/28/2021; referred to Climate and Energy Finance and Policy.

HF 503 (Lee): This bill would require public hearings to allow public input on nonexpiring air-emission permits. See companion bill SF 769.
Status: Introduced 1/28/2021; referred to Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 2/16/2021. Passed as amended, laid over for possible inclusion into an omnibus energy bill 2/16/2021.

HF 647(Lee): Expands water pollution control statutes to monitor a three-year window for repeated violations. See companion bill SF 770.
Status: Introduced 2/1/2021; referred to Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Policy.

HF 665 (Backer): This bill would repeal the tax exemption on electricity used for heating. See companion bill SF 1787.
Status: Introduced 2/4/2021; referred to Taxes.

HF 746 (Hornstein): This bill would disqualify landfill gas and refuse-derived fuels as clean energy. See companion bill SF 922.
Status: Introduced 2/4/2021; referred to Climate and Energy Finance and Policy.

HF 751 (Acomb): This would promote beneficial electrification in residential and commercial buildings. See companion bill SF 936.
Status: Introduced 2/4/2021; referred to Climate and Energy Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 2/25/2021. Passed as amended and laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus energy bill 2/25/2021. Passed as amended, laid over for possible inclusion into an omnibus energy bill 2/25/2021. Amended into House Omnibus Energy Bill, HF 2110.

HF 768 (Swedzinski): This bill would exempt taxes on construction materials purchased by contractors and used on public facilities such as schools, healthcare, libraries and local government. See companion bill SF 216.
Status: Introduced 2/4/2021; referred to Taxes. Set for hearing 2/16/2021. Laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill 2/16/2021.

HF 802 (Morrison): Increases the Renewable Energy Standard, introduces a Clean Energy Standard, adds new labor practices and modifies the Public Utility Commission's authority. See companion bill SF 1713.
Status: Introduced 2/8/2021; referred to Climate and Energy Finance and Policy.

HF 820 (Koegel): Expands public access from a remote location to participate in open meetings. Clarifies that until the end of the pandemic (7/1/2021) members of a public body may meet remotely. See companion bill SF 852.
Status: Introduced 2/8/2021; referred to State Government Finance and Elections. Set for hearing 2/26/2021. Passed as amended (9-0) referred to State Government Finance and Elections 2/24/2021. Passed (11-1) and referred to House floor. Set for hearing 3/25/2021. Passed floor (124-7) 3/25/2021.

HF 851 (Demuth): Expands data practices statutes to include all city and county employees. See companion bill SF 620.
Status: Introduced 2/8/2021; referred to Judiciary Finance and Civil Law.

HF 877 (Green): A bill to eliminate the rulemaking authority of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Department of Natural Resources.
Status: Introduced 2/8/2021; referred to Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Policy.

HF 878 (Green): This bill would require interagency meetings, including executive sessions, to be open to the public.
Status: Introduced 2/8/2021; referred to State Government Finance and Elections.

HF 912 (Acomb): A bill to expand the cold weather rule by two weeks in the fall and two weeks in the spring.
Status: Introduced 2/10/2021; referred to Climate and Energy Finance and Policy.

HF 977 (Acomb): A bill to create a revolving loan pool for energy conservation on state buildings.
Status: Introduced 2/10/2021; referred to Commerce Finance and Policy.

HF 1070 (Baker): This bill would establish a funding stream to compensate businesses effected by the closure of bio-mass energy facilities. See companion bill SF 1015.
Status: Introduced 2/11/2021; referred to Climate and Energy Finance and Policy.

HF 1140 (Elkins): Expands the options and technologies for participation in open meetings. See companion bill SF 1544.
Status: Introduced 2/15/2021; referred to State Government Finance and Elections. Set for hearing 2/26/2021. Passed as amended (9-0) referred to State Government Finance and Elections 2/24/2021. Passed (12-0) and referred to House floor.

HF 1172 (Lippert): This bill would require the PUC to develop incentives to encourage public utilities to invest in upgrades for distributed generation.
Status: Introduced 1/18/2021; referred to Climate and Energy Finance and Policy. Amended into House Omnibus Energy Bill, HF 2110.

HF 1211 (Ecklund): Establishes setback requirements for new solar generating systems. See companion bill SF 204.
Status: Introduced 2/18/2021; referred to Climate and Energy Finance and Policy.

HF 1226 (Acomb): The bill would repeal a least-cost pricing requirement for eligible net-metered generation.
Status: Introduced 2/18/2021; referred to Climate and Energy Finance and Policy. Passed, laid over for consideration into an energy omnibus bill 2/23/2021.

HF 1256 (Acomb): The bill would allow the Department of Commerce to encourage cutting edge energy-efficiency pilot programs for investor-owned utility CIP filings. See companion bill SF 1667.
Status: Introduced 2/18/2021; referred to Climate and Energy Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 2/25/2021. Passed as amended and laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus energy bill 2/25/2021. Passed as amended, laid over for possible inclusion into an energy omnibus bill 2/25/2021. Amended into House Omnibus Energy Bill, HF 2110.

HF 1289 (Hollins): A bill to expand intervener compensation for investor-owned utility proceedings before the PUC. See companion bill SF 1621.
Status: Introduced 2/18/2021; referred to Climate and Energy Finance and Policy. Amended into House Omnibus Energy Bill, HF 2110.

HF 1323 (Acomb): This would create a revolving loan pool for solar installations on state buildings.
Status: Introduced 2/18/2021; referred to Capital Investment. Set for hearing 3/9/21. Heard as an informational bill 3/9/2021.

HF 1427 (Acomb): A bill to promote and provide grants for solar on schools. See companion bill SF 2144.
Status: Introduced 2/23/2021; referred to Climate and Energy Finance and Policy. Amended into House Omnibus Energy Bill, HF 2110.

HF 1428 (Acomb): A bill to require state government to achieve aggressive net-zero carbon reduction by 2050.
Status: Introduced 2/22/2021; referred to climate and Energy Finance and Policy.

HF 1445 (Hansen): An appropriation to the MPCA for a climate resiliency program study and plan for long-term impacts on storm-water and waste-water infrastructure. See companion bill SF 1746.
Status: Introduced 2/22/2021; referred to Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Policy.

HF 1473 (Franson): This bill would repeal the prohibition on nuclear power in Minnesota. See companion bill SF 225.
Status: Introduced 2/22/2021; referred to Climate and Energy Finance and Policy.

HF 1488 (Scott): A bill to reestablish a Legislative Commission on Data Practices and Personal Data Privacy. See companion bill SF 1467.
Status: Introduced 2/22/2021; referred to State Government Finance and Elections. Set for hearing 3/18/2021. Passed, referred to House Judiciary Finance. Amended into the Judiciary Finance & Civil Law Omnibus bill, HF 1030.

HF 1492 (Elkins): Cited as the “Minnesota Consumer Data Privacy Act,” the bill defines various consumer rights concerning their private data. See companion bill SF 1408.
Status: Introduced 2/22/2021; referred to Commerce Finance and Policy.

HF 1556 (Mekeland): This would allow the commissioner of commerce to reduce the annual energy conservation program savings goal of a municipal, cooperative or public utility. See companion bill SF 301.
Status: Introduced 2/25/2021; referred to Climate and Energy Finance and Policy.

HF 1558 (Mekeland): This bill clarifies and strengthens the definitions and penalties for trespassing, recruiting, or educating individuals to trespass on or damage critical infrastructure.
Status: Introduced 2/25/2021; referred to Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy.

HF 1592 (Richardson): The bill would require that all utilities in the state of Minnesota develop diversity plans in order to improve the diversity of the utility workforce. See companion bill SF 1747.
Status: Introduced 2/25/2021; referred to Climate and Energy Finance and Policy. Laid over for possible inclusion into an omnibus energy bill 3/2/2021.

HF 1850 (Bierman): A bill that would provide a temporary tax credit for solar generating systems for taxpayers receiving service from a municipal utility or cooperative association. See companion bill SF 2026.
Status: Introduced 3/4/2021; referred to Climate and Energy Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 3/25/2021.

HF 1878 (Petersburg): This bill would impose a tax on electricity used to charge an electric vehicle. See companion bill SF 1602.
Status: Introduced 3/4/2021; referred to Transportation Finance and Policy.

HF 1987 (Long): A bill to require commercial and residential building to reduce energy use 50% by 2035.
Status: Introduced 3/8/2021; referred to Climate and Energy Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 3/11/2021. Passed, laid over for possible inclusion into an omnibus bill 3/11/21.

HF 2044 (Lippert): The bill would create a Minnesota Green Finance Authority which would finance and manage energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. See companion bill SF 1999.
Status: Introduced 3/9/2021; referred to Workforce and Business Development Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 3/15/2021. Passed committee (8-5); re-referred to Climate and Energy Finance and Policy 3/15/2021. Set for hearing in Commerce Finance and Policy 3/19/2021.Passed (10-7), re-referred to Climate and Energy Finance and Policy. Amended into House Omnibus Energy Bill, HF 2110.

HF 2052 (Lippert): A bill to allow solar development on prime farmland, which is currently restricted by statute.
Status: Introduced 3/9/2021; referred to Climate and Energy Finance and Policy. Amended into House Omnibus Energy Bill, HF 2110.

HF 2083 (Lippert): A bill to create a clean fuels standard to reduce the carbon intensity for the transportation industry by 20 percent. Electricity is specified as a transportation fuel. See companion bill SF 2027.
Status: Introduced 3/10/2021; referred to Commerce Finance and Policy. Set for hearing Climate and Energy Finance and Policy 3/11/2021. Passed committee, laid over for possible inclusion into an energy omnibus bill 3/11/2021.

HF 2110 (Long): House Energy Omnibus Bill. This bill was originally a bill pertaining to IOU reporting requirements. It is now the House Omnibus Energy Bill. It includes: a variety of spending provisions pertaining to the Renewable Development Account (IOU only); grants and application requirements for a solar on schools program; a renewable energy standard of 55% by 2035 and a clean energy standard of 100% by 2040; diversity reporting for utilities; a green bank proposal; and other issues. See companion Omnibus Bill SF 2075.
Status: Introduced 3/10/21; referred to House Climate and Energy committee. Amended to become Omnibus Energy vehicle 4/6/21. Set for hearing 4/14/2021.

HF 2200 (Vang): An appropriation to create a grant program for cities to create a “Climate Action Plan” to minimize the effects of climate change.
Status: Introduced 3/15/2021; referred to Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Policy.

HF 2216 (Long): A bill to provide $15 million in short-term loan assistance for municipal natural gas utilities and $100 million in funding to the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. See companion bill SF 2123.
Status: Introduced 3/15/2021; referred to Climate and Energy Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 3/17/2021. Passed as amended (15-1), referred to Ways and Means.

HF 2407 (Berg): This bill would create a carbon tax on carbon-based fuels, including on electric generation that emits carbon. See companion bill SF 51.
Status: Introduced 3/25/2021; referred to Climate and Energy Finance and Policy.


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