2021 First Special Session Senate Bills

SF 19 (Dahms): The Senate Commerce and Energy Omnibus Bill. It sets the budget for the Department of Commerce and Public Utilities Commission. It also includes various energy policy including extension of the cold weather rule, creates a new Energy Transition Office to assist communities losing a large plant (coal) due to early closures, and includes a solar on schools state-funded loan/grant program. See companion bill HF 6.
Status: Introduced 6/14/2021; referred to Finance. Passed committee by voice vote; referred to Senate floor 6/16/2021.

2021 Senate Bill Introductions

SF 51 (Rest): This bill would create a carbon tax on carbon-based fuels, including on electric generation that emits carbon. See companion bill HF 2407.
Status: Introduced 1/11/2021; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 65 (Cwodzinski): This bill would set a 60 legislative day timeline for the Senate to reject the Governors appointment of commissioners.
Status: Introduced 1/14/2021; referred to State Government Finance and Policy and Elections.

SF 180 (Benson): This bill requires that open meetings offer a public comment period, including meetings conducted by electronic means. See companion bill HF 52.
Status: Introduced 1/19/2021; referred to Local Government Policy.

SF 181 (Rarick): Seeks to exclude load management equipment from state inspections as long as it was installed by an electrician. See companion bill HF 215.
Status: Introduced 1/19/2021; referred to Labor and Industry Policy. Set for hearing 2/10/2021. Laid over.

SF 186 (Champion): This is a bill to expand the authority of the Minnesota Pollution Control agency to consider cumulative emissions before issuing air quality permits. See companion bill HF 168.
Status: Introduced 1/19/2021; referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance.

SF 204 (Ingebrigtsen): Establishes setback requirements for new solar generating systems. See companion bill HF 1211.
Status: Introduced 1/21/2021; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 3/25/2021. Removed from agenda.

SF 216 (Rarick): 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 HF 768.
Status: Introduced 1/21/2021; referred to Taxes. Set for hearing 2/4/2021. Passed, laid over for possible inclusion into an omnibus bill 2/4/2021.

SF 225 (Kiffmeyer): This bill would repeal the prohibition on nuclear power in Minnesota. See companion bill HF 1473.
Status: Introduced 1/21/2021; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 2/23/2021. Passed, laid over for possible inclusion into an omnibus bill 2/23/2021. Amended into Senate Omnibus Commerce Policy and Finance Bill, SF 972.

SF 227 (Rarick): This 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 HF 164.
Status: Introduced 1/21/2021; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 2/11/2021. Passed as amended by voice vote and referred to Senate floor.

SF 301 (Kiffmeyer): 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 HF 1556.
Status: Introduced 1/25/2021; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 2/25/2021. Passed, laid over for possible inclusion into an omnibus bill 2/25/2021.

SF 322 (Senjem): This bill would prohibit the aggregation of contiguous property in an eminent domain proceeding. See companion bill HF 43.
Status: Introduced 1/25/2021; referred to Civil Law and Data Practices Policy.

SF 336 (Dibble): Increases data privacy terms and conditions for electronic communications when requested by law enforcement.
Status: Introduced 1/25/2021; referred to Civil Law and Data Practices Policy.

SF 338 (Dibble): This bill would modify the renewable energy standard to increase the renewable goals, establish new timelines, remove mixed municipal solid waste as a renewable fuel and set new carbon-free standards.
Status: Introduced 1/25/2021; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance Policy.

SF 355 (Mathews): Modifies critical infrastructure definitions to include solar facilities, expands the definition of persons committing the trespass and outlines fines for trespassing on critical infrastructure.
Status: Introduced 1/28/2021; referred to Civil Law and Data Practices Policy.

SF 381 (Fateh): Would clarify the rights and restrictions of homeowners within a homeowners association to install solar generation on their homes.
Status: Introduction 1/28/2021; referred to Civil Law and Data Practices Policy.

SF 386 (Ruud): This bill would prohibit homeowners associations from prohibiting solar installations. See companion bill HF 254.
Status: Introduced 1/28/2021; referred to Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy.

SF 543 (Frentz): This bill creates a revolving loan fund with funding from the Renewable Development Fund for energy conservation on state buildings. See companion bill HF 70.
Status: Introduced 2/1/2021; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 2/16/2021. Amended, laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill 2/16/2021.

SF 606 (Chamberlin): Requires the commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency to hold public hearings before finalizing a stipulation agreement or consent decree. See companion bill HF 248.
Status: Introduced 2/4/2021; referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance. Set for hearing 2/17/2021. Laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill 2/17/2021.

SF 620 (Howe): Expands data practices statutes to include all city and county employees. See companion bill HF 851.
Status: Introduced 2/4/2021; referred to Civil Law and Data Practices Policy. Set for hearing 3/11/2021. Passed as amended 3/11/2021.

SF 643 (Frentz): Increases the Renewable Energy Standard, introduces a Clean Energy Standard, adds new labor practices and modifies the Public Utility Commissions authority. See companion bill HF 278.
Status: Introduced 2/4/2021; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 769 (Dziedzic): This bill would require public hearings to allow public input on non-expiring air-emission permits. See companion bill HF 503.
Status: Introduced 2/8/2021; referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance.

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

SF 852 (Jasinski): Clarifies that until the end of the pandemic (7/1/2021) members of a public body may meet remotely. See companion bill HF 820.
Status: Introduced 2/11/2021; referred to Local Government Policy. Set for hearing 2/16/2021. Passed and referred to Senate floor 2/16/2021.

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

SF 936 (Dibble): This would promote beneficial electrification in residential and commercial buildings. See companion bill HF 751.
Status: Introduced 2/11/2021; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 955 (Senjem): Clean Energy First — A bill to require utilities to prioritize Clean Energy in the IRP process.
Status: Introduced 2/11/2021; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 3/4/2021. Passed as amended, laid over for possible inclusion into an omnibus bill 3/4/2021.

SF 972 (Dahms): Senate Commerce and Energy Omnibus Bill. This bill was originally a bill pertaining to Department of Commerce and Public Utilities Commission activities. It is now the Senate Commerce and Energy and Utilities Omnibus Bill. See companion Omnibus Bill HF 1031.
Status: Introduced 2/11/21; referred to Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy. Amended to become Commerce Omnibus; referred to Finance. Set for hearing 4/12/202. Passed as amended to become Senate Omnibus Commerce and Energy and Utilities Omnibus bill; referred to Senate floor. Passed as amended (39-28); referred to House. Passed as amended; referred to Senate 4/14/2021. Senate not concur; conference committee appointed: Sens. Dahms, Senjem, Utke, Mathews, Frentz. Reps. Stephenson, Long, Hollins, Acomb, O'Driscoll 4/26/2021.

SF 992 (Mathews): A bill to repeal the Conservation Improvement Program (CIP) requirements.
Status: Introduced 2/15/2021; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 2/25/2021. Passed, laid over for possible inclusion into an omnibus bill 2/25/2021.

SF 1015 (Lang): This bill would establish a funding stream to compensate businesses affected by the closure of biomass energy facilities. See companion bill HF 1070.
Status: Introduced 2/15/2021; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 1127 (Limmer): This modifies the definition of an unauthorized security breach. See companion bill HF 347.
Status: Introduced 2/17/2021; referred to Civil Law and Data Practices Policy.

SF 1174 (Koran): 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 HF 66.
Status: Introduced 2/18/2021; referred to Technology and Reform Policy. Set for hearing 2/25/2021. Passed committee and referred to State Government Finance and Policy and Elections 2/25/2021. Passed committee, re-referred to State Government Finance and Policy and Elections 2/25/2021. Set for hearing 3/17/2021. Passed as amended by voice vote, referred to Rules and Administration 3/17/2021. Set for hearing 3/22/2021. Passed, re-referred to State Government Finance and Policy and Elections 3/22/3021. Amended into the State Government Omnibus bill, SF 1831.

SF 1378 (Ingebrigtsen): 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 HF 129.
Status: Introduced 2/22/2021; referred to Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy.

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

SF 1467 (Limmer): A bill to reestablish a Legislative Commission on Data Practices and Personal Data Privacy. See companion bill HF 1488.
Status: Introduced 2/25/2021; referred to Civil Law and Data Practices Policy. Set for hearing 3/9/2021. Passed by voice vote; referred to State Government Finance and Policy and Elections 3/9/2021. Passed committee, re-referred to State Government Finance and Policy and Elections 2/9/2021. Set for hearing 3/17/2021. Passed as amended by voice vote, referred to Rules and Administration 3/17/2021. Set for hearing 3/26/2021. Passed committee, referred to Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy 3/26/2021.

SF 1544 (Jasinski): Expands the options and technologies for participation in open meetings. See companion bill HF 1140.
Status: Introduced 3/1/2021; referred to Local Government Policy. Set for hearing 3/9/2021. Passed as amended by voice vote; referred to Senate Floor 3/9/2021.

SF 1602 (Howe): This bill would impose a tax on electricity used to charge an electric vehicle. See companion bill HF 1878.
Status: Introduced 3/1/2021; referred to Transportation Finance and Policy.

SF 1612 (Mathews): This bill would requires a utility retiring electric generating facility to identify worker impacts and solutions within their IRP.
Status: Introduced 3/1/2021; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Passed as amended, referred to Senate Floor 3/11/2021.

SF 1621 (Frentz): A bill to expand intervener compensation for investor-owned utility proceedings before the PUC. See companion bill HF 1289.
Status: Introduced 3/1/2021; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 3/25/2021. Passed committee, laid aside for possible inclusion into an omnibus bill 3/26/2021.

SF 1667 (Rarick): 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 HF 1256.
Status: Introduced 3/4/2021; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 3/16/2021. Passed as amended, laid over for possible inclusion into an omnibus bill 3/16/2021.

SF 1713 (Isaacson): 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 HF 802.
Status: Introduced 3/4/2021; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 1746 (Torres Ray): 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 HF 1445.
Status: Introduced 3/4/2021; referred to Environment and Natural Resources Finance.

SF 1747 (Torres Ray): 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 HF 1592.
Status: Introduced 3/4/2021; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 1787 (Westrom): This bill would repeal the tax exemption on electricity used for heating. See companion bill HF 665.
Status: Introduced 3/4/2021; referred to Taxes.

SF 1840 (Port): A bill to expand the cold weather rule by two weeks in the fall and two weeks in the spring.
Status: Introduced 3/8/2021; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 1891 (Carlson): Specifies that new or remodeled state-owned buildings meet a minimum of 2 percent of their energy from renewable resources.
Status: Introduced 3/8/2021; referred to State Government Finance and Policy and Elections. Set for hearing 3/17/2021. Laid over for further deliberation 3/17/2021.

SF 1997 (Johnson Stewart): This bill would require the development of a revolving loan pool for energy conservation on state owned buildings.
Status: Introduced 3/11/2021; referred to State Government Finance and Policy and Elections.

SF 1999 (Senjem): The bill would create a Minnesota Green Finance Authority which would finance and manage energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. See companion bill HF 2044.
Status: Introduced 3/11/2021; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 3/16/2021. Passed as amended, laid over for possible inclusion into an omnibus bill 3/16/2021.

SF 2026 (Frentz): 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 HF 1850.
Status: Introduced 3/11/2021; referred to Taxes.

SF 2027 (Senjem): A bill to create a clean fuels standard to reduce the carbon intensity for the transportation industry by 20%. Electricity is specified as a transportation fuel. See companion bill HF 2083.
Status: Introduced 3/11/2021; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 2075 (Senjem): Senate Energy Omnibus Bill. This bill was originally a bill pertaining to IOU reporting requirements. It is now the Senate 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 requirement to have a plan to mitigate job impacts due to plant closures, and requiring the PUC to create a methodology to calculate carbon intensity for energy efficiency, and other innovative technologies (e.g. hydrogen fuel cells, renewable natural gas, carbon capture). See companion Omnibus bill HF 2110.
Status: Introduced 3/15/21; referred to Senate Energy and Utilities. Amended to become Omnibus Energy vehicle 4/6/21. Set for hearing 4/7/2021. Passed as amended. Amended into Senate Omnibus Commerce Policy and Finance Bill, SF 972.

SF 2090 (Dornink): A bill to create a ratepayer relief fund for natural gas customers of an Investor Owned Utility.
Status: Introduced 3/15/2021; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 2132 (Senjem): 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 HF 2216.
Status: Introduced 3/17/2021; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 3/18/2021. Passed as amended, referred to Senate Finance. Re-referred to Rules and Administration 3/24/2021. Set for hearing 3/26/2021. Passed committee; referred to Senate Finance 3/26/2021.

SF 2144 (Miller): A bill to promote and provide grants for solar on schools. See companion bill HF 1427.
Status: Introduced 3/17/2021; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Amended into Senate Omnibus Commerce Policy and Finance Bill, SF 972.

SF 2329 (Limmer): A bill to define all towns as political subdivisions and subject to the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act.
Status: Introduced 4/6/2021; referred to Civil Law and Data Practices Policy.

SF 2382 (Rarick): A bill to allow large industrial customers of an IOU to seek market-based power (deregulation).
Status: Introduced 4/7/2021; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 2421 (Senjem): A bill to allow for-profit private entities to develop public infrastructure. Investments in public infrastructure by the private entity would be recovered through user fees.
Status: Introduced 4/15/2021; referred to State Government Finance and Policy and Elections.


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