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 1456Signed 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 1456Signed 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 1456Signed 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.


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