2018 House Bill Introductions



HF 2723 (West): A bill to require the Public Utilities Commission to approve rate-refunds to customers based on the tax reductions that the IOUs received under the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. 
Status: Introduced 2/9/18; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability.

HF 2751 (Garofalo):  Regulating electric vehicle charging station parking. See also Companion Bill SF 3165.
Status:  Introduced 2/20/18; referred to Transportation and Regional Governance Policy. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended; referred to Public Safety and Security Policy and Finance 4/9/18.

HF 2819 (Runbeck):  A bill to require an interim study on the impact of solar storms and the vulnerability of the electric grid. See also Companion Bill SF 2840.  
Status: Introduced 2/9/18; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability. See Supplemental Omnibus Finance Bill SF 3656. Failed to be included in final Conference Committee Report.

HF 2953 (Scott):  A bill to transfer certain Data Practices Act enforcement to the Office of Administrative hearings. See also Companion Bill SF 3016.
Status:  Introduced 2/22/18; referred to Civil Law and Data Practices Policy. Set for hearing 3/20/18. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended; referred to Government Operations and Elections Policy 3/21/18. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended; referred to State Government Finance 3/26/18. Amended and laid over for possible inclusion in Omnibus bill 4/12/18. See Supplemental Omnibus Finance Bill SF 3656. Failed to be included in final Conference Committee Report.

HF 2954 (Lesch):  A bill to require that certain Data Practices rules apply to the Legislature.
Status Introduced 2/22/18; referred to Civil Law and Data Practices Policy.

HF 3001 (Poston):  A bill to add service cooperatives to the list of entities that may take advantage of the Joint Powers Agreement statute. See also Companion Bill SF 2641.
Status Introduced 2/22/18; referred to Government Operations and Elections Policy. Set for hearing 3/20/18. Committee recommends Do Pass; referred to Education Finance 3/21/18. Laid over for possible inclusion in Omnibus bill 3/22/18

HF 3003 (Bahr):  A bill to add carbon free resources to the eligible technologies that count towards the Renewable Energy Standard.
Status:  Introduced 2/22/18; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability.  

HF 3034 (S. Anderson):  A bill to make public entity settlement agreements public; report to be filed with Legislature. See also Companion Bill SF 2491. 
Status:  Introduced 2/26/18; referred to Government Operations and Elections Policy.

HF 3110 (Newberger):  Eliminating the requirement of including an assessment of environmental risks in Certificate of Need applications. See also Companion Bill SF 3902.
Status:  Introduced 2/26/18; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability. 

HF 3111 (Wagenius):  A bill to require utilities to report the cost of their ancillary services to the Public Utilities Commission. See also Companion Bill SF 2709.
Status:  Introduced 2/26/18; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability. 

HF 3112 (Wagenius):  A bill to establish criteria for cost recover for IOUs for energy storage pilot projects. See also Companion Bill SF 2714. 
Status:  Introduced 2/26/18; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability. See Omnibus Energy Bill HF 4289. See Supplemental Omnibus Finance Bill SF 3656.  

HF 3113 (Wagenius):  A bill to develop a grant program to develop a pilot project for energy storage systems at critical health care facilities. See also Companion Bill SF 2712.
Status:  Introduced 2/26/18; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability. See Omnibus Energy Bill HF 4289. See Supplemental Omnibus Finance Bill SF 3656.   

HF 3114 (Wagenius):  To establish a preference for energy storage systems in IRPs. See also Companion Bill SF 2710.
Status:  Introduced 2/26/18; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability.

HF 3115 (Wagenius):  A bill to establish a state energy storage mandate. See also Companion Bill SF 2711.
Status:  Introduced 2/26/18; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability.

HF 3116 (Wagenius):  A bill to establish a process in which IOUs may apply for Advanced Determination of Prudence for the construction of/investment in energy storage systems. See also Companion Bill SF 2713.
Status:  Introduced 2/26/18; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability. See Supplemental Omnibus Finance Bill SF 3656

HF 3146 (Omar):  A bill to establish a Legislative Environmental Justice Commission consisting of 12 members; focusing on the high or adverse impacts of environmental pollution on communities of color, national origin, or economic status. See also Companion Bill SF 2808. 
Status:  Introduced 2/26/18; referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance. 

HF 3232 (O’Neill):  Modifying the funding for the solar energy incentive program (Xcel Energy). See also Companion Bill SF 2696.
Status:  Introduced 3/1/18; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability. Set for hearing 3/20/18. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended; referred to Ways and Means 3/22/18. Committee reports Do Pass as amended; second reading on House floor 3/28/18. See Omnibus Energy Bill HF 4289. See Supplemental Omnibus Finance Bill SF 3656.  

HF 3243 (Rarick):  Allowing rate recovery for certain pension expenses (IOUs). See also Companion Bill SF 3879.
Status:  Introduced 3/1/18; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability. Set for hearing 3/15/18. Committee reports Do Pass; second reading on House floor 3/15/18. Placed on floor debate calendar for 4/16/18. Also see Supplemental Omnibus Finance Bill SF 3656.  

HF 3249 (Davids):  A bill to require slowing a vehicle to pass an emergency or utility vehicle. See also Companion Bill SF 2977.
Status:  Introduced 3/1/18; referred to Transportation and Regional Governance Policy. Set for hearing 3/15/18. Committee reports Do Pass; referred to Public Safety and Security Policy and Finance. Set for hearing 3/20/18. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended; second reading on House floor 3/21/18. Passed House (124-0) 4/19/18. Received by the Senate and compared to companion bill SF 2977. Substituted on Senate floor for SF 2977 4/25/18. Passed Senate (55-8) 5/9/18. Presented to Governor 5/16/18. Approved by Governor 5/19/18.

HF 3314 (Bahr):  A bill to repeal the Right of First Refusal law pertaining to regionally planned multi-purpose high-voltage transmission lines. 
Status:  Introduced 3/5/18; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability.

HF 3333 (Scott):  A bill to basically require “decommissioning” of solar panels, providing for waste disposal/recycling. 
Status:  Introduced 3/5/18; referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance.

HF 3473 (Schomacker):  A bill to exempt high voltage transmission lines in excess of 200 kV from the Certificate of Need process if the applicant shows all right-of-way agreements are in place. See also Companion Bill SF 3110.
Status:  Introduced 3/8/18; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability. See Omnibus Energy Bill HF 4289. Failed to be included in final Omnibus Bill.  

HF 3497 (O’Neill):  A bill limiting application fees for wireless facilities. See also Companion Bill SF 3166.
Status:  Introduced 3/8/18; referred to Government Operations and Elections Policy. Informational hearing held 5/15/18. 

HF 3675 (Wagenius):  A bill appropriating funds for a public school district solar energy system.  See also Companion Bill SF 3129.
Status:  Introduced 3/12/18; referred to Education Finance. Committee laid over for possible inclusion in Omnibus Bill 3/15/18. See Supplemental Omnibus Finance Bill SF 3656. Failed to be included in final Conference Committee Report.

HF 3685 (Albright):  A bill to allow third party sales of electricity behind the meter. See also Companion Bill SF 2919.
Status:  Introduced 3/12/18; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability. Hearing set 3/28/18. Laid over 3/18/18.

HF 3688 (O’Driscoll):  A bill to modify the PACE program for residential customers. See also Companion Bill SF 3245.
Status:  Introduced 3/12/18; referred to Commerce & Regulatory Reform. Set for hearing 3/20/18. Hearing set 3/28/18. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended, referred to Taxes 4/9/18. Referred to committee Chair to Property Tax and Local Government Finance Division 4/12/18. Recalled to Taxes committee 4/17/18. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended; second reading on House floor 4/19/18. Motion to re-refer the bill to House Ways and Means; motion prevailed 4/23/18. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended 5/7/18; second reading on House floor. House substituted Senate Bill 3245 for House bill 5/8/18. Placed on calendar for debate on 5/14/18. Senate version passed House (123-0) 5/14/18. Approved by Governor 5/19/18.  

HF 3693 (Smith):  A bill to make trespass or damage to critical infrastructure or encouraging trespass or damage to critical infrastructure a felony. See also Companion Bill SF 3463.
Status:  Introduced 3/12/18; referred to Civil Law and Data Practices Policy. Set for hearing 3/20/18. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended; referred to Public Safety and Security 3/21/18. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended; referred to House floor 3/29/18. Second reading on House floor 3/29/18. House substituted Senate Bill 3463 for House bill 5/9/18.  See SF 3463.

HF 3708 (O’Neill):  A bill to allow for a Certificate of Need for a “carbon reduction facility.” See also Companion Bill SF 3504.
Status:  Introduced 3/12/18; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability. Set for hearing 4/16/18. Laid over for possible inclusion in Omnibus bill 4/16/18. See Omnibus Energy Bill HF 4289. See Supplemental Omnibus Finance Bill SF 3656 for an amended version of this bill.

HF 3729 (Garofalo):  A bill to move the MPUC office to Virginia, MN.
Status:  Introduced 3/14/18; referred to Government Operations and Elections Policy. See Omnibus Energy Bill HF 4289. Bill language stripped from Supplemental Omnibus Finance Bill.

HF 3749 (Mahoney):  A bill to create a grant program and to fund it for a program to remove the emerald as borer. See also Companion Bill SF 3577.
Status:  Introduced 3/14/18; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability. Set for hearing 3/21/18. Laid over for possible inclusion in Omnibus Bill 3/21/18. See Omnibus Energy Bill HF 4289. See Supplemental Omnibus Finance Bill SF 3656. Failed to be included in final Conference Committee Report.

HF 3760 (Wagenius): A bill to establish a program to give grants to public schools across the state to install solar. See also Companion Bill SF 3628.
Status: Introduced 3/14/18; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability. Set for hearing 3/20/18. Laid over for possible inclusion in Omnibus Bill 3/20/18. See Supplemental Omnibus Finance Bill SF 3656.  

HF 3792 (Swedzinski):  A bill to require that certain wind generation turbines install an aircraft detection lighting system. See also Companion Bill SF 3400.
Status:  Introduced 3/14/18; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability.

HF 3794 (C. Bahr):  A bill to change the definition of a large customer facility that may opt out of energy efficiency programs.  Facilities that impose a peak electrical demand on an electric utility’s system of not less than 10,000 kW may opt out. See also SF 3872.
Status:  Introduced 3/14/18; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability.

HF 3839 (Poston):  A bill to require that any utility facilities in or near the right of way be labeled with the facility owner’s or operator’s name, phone number and other relevant contact information to ensure an emergency responder can quickly obtain the owner/operator information.
Status:  Introduced 3/15/18; referred to Public Safety and Security Policy and Finance.

HF 3841 (Nash):  A bill to increase the public bidding threshold from $100,000 to $175,000. See also Companion Bill SF 3399.
Status:  Introduced 3/15/18; referred to Government Operations and Elections Policy. Set for hearing 3/22/18. Committee reports Do Pass; second reading on House floor 3/26/18. Set for floor debate calendar for 4/16/18. Passed House (124-1) 4/16/18. First reading in Senate; referred to Rules and Administration for comparison with Companion Bill 4/19/18. Substituted for SF 3399 on Senate floor 4/23/18. Passed Senate (66-0) 4/25/18. Approved by Governor 4/26/18.

HF 3880 (Hortman):  Allowing schools to grant persons promoting skilled trade careers access to secondary students in the same manner the school grants access to traditional colleges.
Status:  Introduced 3/15/18; referred to Education Innovation Policy.

HF 3891 (Knoblach):  Allowing the legislature to petition the court for funding in certain circumstances.
Status:  Introduced 3/15/18; referred to State Government Finance. Set for hearing 4/17/18. Laid over by committee 4/17/18.

HF 3904 (Lohmer):  A bill to allow a licensed solar PV installer to supervise up to 5 unlicensed installers. See Companion Bill SF 3483.
Status:  Introduced 3/15/18; referred to Commerce and Regulatory Reform 

HF 3946 (C. Bahr):  A bill modifying the solar energy standard for IOUs; exempting large industrial customers from the calculation of the kWh installed requirement. See also SF 3871.
Status:  Introduced 3/15/18; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability. See Omnibus Energy Bill HF 4289. See Supplemental Omnibus Finance Bill SF 3656.  

HF 3966 (Hornstein):  A bill to allow energy conservation loans to be used for air conditioner repairs, geothermal repairs and other items; such loans may also be used for on-site solar. See also Companion Bill SF 3132.
Status: Introduced 3/19/18; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability. See Supplemental Omnibus Finance Bill SF 3656.  Failed to be included in final Conference Committee Report

HF 3993 (Baker): A bill to establish a stakeholders group regarding the CIP reporting software used by the state; assessment to the utilities. See also Companion Bill SF 3558.
Status:  Introduced 3/19/18; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability. Set for hearing 3/21/18. Removed from hearing schedule. See Supplemental Omnibus Finance Bill SF 3656

HF 3996 (Gunther):  A bill to modify the Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (PACE); placing some financing restrictions, contractor requirements, and reporting requirements. 
Status:  Introduced 3/19/18; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability.

HF 4037 (McDonald):  A bill exempting purchases of food of $15 or less from the state gift law ban. See also Companion Bill SF 3669.
Status:  Introduced 3/19/18; referred to Government Operations and Elections Policy.

HF 4046 (Rarick):  A bill to require IOUs to add storage analysis to their IRP process. See also Companion Bill SF 3266.
Status:  Introduced 3/19/18; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability. See Omnibus Energy Bill HF 4289. See Supplemental Omnibus Finance Bill SF 3656

HF 4068 (Bahr):  A bill to repeal the Department of Commerce’s authority to assess utilities for the CIP program.
Status:  Introduced 3/21/18; referred Job Growth and Energy Affordability.

HF 4118 (Miller):  A bill to compensate the community for the closure of a biomass plant. See also Companion Bill SF 3290.
Status:  Introduced 3/21/18; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability. Set for hearing 4/30/18. Laid over by committee 4/30/18. See Supplemental Omnibus Finance Bill SF 3656

HF 4219 (Wagenius):  A bill to supply funds to cities for residential rental property energy efficiency. See also Companion Bill SF 3946.
Status:  Introduced 3/26/18; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability. 

HF 4257 (C. Bahr):  A bill to change how much utilities (IOUs) contribute to the Renewable Development Account. See also SF 3870.
Status:  Introduced 3/28/18; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability. See Omnibus Energy Bill HF 4289. See Supplemental Omnibus Finance Bill SF 3656.  

HF 4289 (Garofalo):  Omnibus Energy Bill. Companion bill SF 3870.
Status:  Introduced 3/29/18; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy an Finance. Set for hearing 4/20/18; committee recommends Do Pass. Referred to Ways and Means. Set for hearing 4/27/18. Amended into Supplemental Omnibus Finance bill SF 3656.  Passed House (77-49) 5/3/18.  Conference committee appointed:  Representatives Knoblach, Loon, Torkelson, Garofalo, and Peloski; Senators Rosen, Benson, Kiffmeyer, Limmer and Newman 5/7/18. See Conference Committee Report and bill SF 3656.  

HF 4340 (C. Bahr):  A bill exempting municipal electric utilities with less than 3,000 customers and cooperative electric associations with less than 15,000 customers from the CIP program. 
Status:  Introduced 4/9/18; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy an Finance.

HF  4385 (Davids):  The House Omnibus Tax bill. See also Senate Companion bill SF 3982.
Status:  Committee recommends Do Pass as amended 4//26/18; second reading on House floor. Passed House (90-38) 4/30/48. Referred to Senate Taxes committee. Committee reports Do Pass as amended 5/2/18; second reading on Senate floor 5/2/18. Passed Senate (34-32) 5/3/18. Returned from Senate with amendments 5/7/18. House refuses to concur with Senate amendments; conference committee appointed 5/7/18. Conference committee members:  Representatives Davids, McDonald, Hertaus, Erickson, and Marquart. Senate conferees:  Chamberlain, Dahms, P. Anderson, Pratt, Johnson. Committee report presented 5/15/18.  Conference Report re-passed by House (78-50) 5/15/18.  Conference Report re-passed by Senate (34-33) 5/16/18.  Governor Veto 5/17/18. See subsequent Omnibus School Aid and Tax bill and Conference Committee Report for HF 947.  Passed House (85-42) and Senate (34-33) 5/20/18.  Vetoed by Governor 5/23/18.

HF 4394 (West):  A bill requiring the PUC to consider employment opportunity growth when evaluating certificates of need. See also Companion Bill SF 3760.
Status:  Introduced 4/12/18; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability.

HF 4424 (Kiel):  A bill to establish a grant program for residential biomass heating systems. 
Status:  Introduced 4/18/18; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability. See Omnibus Energy Bill HF 4289. See Supplemental Omnibus Finance Bill SF 3656. Failed to be included in final Conference Committee Report.

HF 4478 (Lee):  A bill to require the MPCA to do a cumulative pollution analysis when considering the issuance of permits. See also Companion Bill SF 4082.
Status
Introduced 5/7/18; referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance.

HF 4490 (Haley):  Establishing the Prairie Island Net Zero Project. See also Companion Bill SF 4059.
Status:  Introduced 5/8/18; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance. See Conference Committee Report and bill SF 3656.  

HF 4514 (Theis):  A bill to require disclosing of conflicts of interest in certain public bidding for municipals. See also Companion Bill SF 4088.
Status:  Introduced 5/16/18; referred to Government Operations and Elections Policy.

HF 4517 (Bly):  A bill to establish a state carbon tax. See also Companion Bill SF 4086.
Status:  Introduced 5/16/18; referred to Job Growth and Energy Affordability.


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