Minnesota 2018 Senate Bill Introductions


SF 2473 (Bakk):  A bill regarding the VW settlement money distribution.
Status:  Introduced 2/20/18; referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance.

SF 2491 (Nelson):  A bill to require public entity settlement agreements be public. See also Companion Bill HF 3034.
Status:  Introduced 2/20/18; referred to State Government Finance and Policy and Elections. Committee reports Do Pass as amended and referred to Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended; referred to Rules and Administration 3/27/18. Set for hearing 5/8/18. Committee reports Do Pass bill as amended; second reading on Senate floor 5/9/18.

SF 2516 (Mathews):  A bill to have the legislature approve of the plans of the MPCA regarding the VW settlement money. 
Status:  Introduced 2/20/18; referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance. See Senate Omnibus Bill SF 3656. 

SF 2641 (Ruud):  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 HF 3001.
Status:  Introduced 2/26/18; referred to Local Government. Set for hearing 3/13/18. Committee reports Do Pass; second reading on Senate floor 3/14/18.

SF 2696 (Osmek):  A bill to modify Xcel’s solar energy incentive. See also Companion Bill HF 3232.
Status:  Introduced 2/26/18; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 2/26/18. Committee reports Do Pass as amended; second reading 3/8/18. See Senate Omnibus Bill SF 3656.

SF 2709 (Dibble):  To require each electric utility to report its cost of ancillary services to the MPUC. See also Companion Bill HF 3111.
Status:  Introduced 2/26/18; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 2710 (Dibble):  A bill to require that storage be part of the preference in IRP planning. See also Companion Bill HF 3114.
Status:  Introduced 2/26/18; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. See Senate Omnibus Bill SF 3656.

SF 2711 (Dibble):  A bill to establish an energy storage standard. See also Companion Bill HF 3115
Status:  Introduced 2/26/18; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 2712 (Dibble):  A bill to establish an energy storage pilot project. See also Companion Bill HF 3113. 
Status:  Introduced 2/26/18; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. See Senate Omnibus Bill SF 3656. 

SF 2713 (Dibble):  A bill to establish an Advanced Determination of Prudence procedure for the IOUs for energy storage systems. See also Companion Bill HF 3116.
Status:  Introduced 2/26/18; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 4/12/18. Withdrawn from hearing. See Supplemental Omnibus Finance Bill SF 3656.

SF 2714 (Dibble):  A bill to set up a cost recovery method for IOUs for energy storage systems. See also Companion Bill HF 3112.
Status:  Introduced 2/26/18; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. See Senate Omnibus Bill SF 3656.

SF 2817 (Newton):  Requiring adoption of federal appliance and lighting efficiency standards.
Status:  Introduced 3/1/18; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 2840 (B. Anderson):  A bill to study the impact of solar storms on the electric grid. See also Companion Bill HF 2819.
Status:  Introduced 3/1/18; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 3/20/18. Committee recommends Do Pass; referred to Finance 3/20/18. See Senate Omnibus Energy Bill SF 3870. Failed inclusion in Senate Omnibus Bill SF 3656.

SF 2879 (Jasinski):  Allowing rate recovery for certain pension expenses (IOUs). See also Companion Bill HF 3243.
Status:  Introduced 3/1/18; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Committee Reports Do Pass 3/8/18; second reading. See Senate Omnibus Bill SF 3656.

SF 2919 (Pratt):  A bill to state that no person is a public utility solely as a result of furnishing consumers with electricity or heat generated from wind or solar on the consumer’s property, provided the equipment is owned or operated by a third party. See also Companion Bill HF 3685.
Status:  Introduced 3/5/18; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 2962 (Bigham):  Establishing a 50 percent by 2030 Renewable Energy Standard.
Status:  Introduced 3/5/18; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 2977 (Goggin):  A bill to require slowing a vehicle to pass an emergency or utility vehicle. See also Companion Bill HF 3249.
Status:  Introduced 3/5/18; referred to Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended; referred to Transportation Finance and Policy 3/26/18. Committee recommends Do Pass 4/9/18; second reading on Senate floor. Withdrawn in favor of Companion Bill HF 3249 4/25/18.  HF 3249 Approved by Governor 5/19/18.

SF 3016 (Limmer):  A bill to transfer data practices enforcement to the office of administrative hearings.  See also Companion Bill HF 2953.
Status:  Introduced 3/5/18; referred to Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy.

SF 3110 (Weber):  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 HF 3473.
Status:  Introduced 3/8/18; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 3129 (Dibble):  A bill appropriating funds for a public school district solar energy system. See also Companion Bill HF 3675.
StatusIntroduced 3/8/18; referred to Capital Investment. See Senate Omnibus Bill SF 3656.   

SF 3132 (Dibble):  A bill to allow energy conservation loans to be used for air conditioner repairs, geothermal heat pumps, or on-site solar or energy storage systems. Such loans may be integrated with the utility’s on-bill repayment program. See also Companion Bill HF 3966.
Status:  Introduced 3/8/18; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 3165 (P. Anderson):  A bill to regulate electric vehicle charging station parking. See also Companion Bill HF 2751.
Status:  Introduced 3/12/18; referred to Transportation Finance and Policy.

SF 3166 (Hall):  A bill to limit wireless facility application fees. See also Companion Bill HF 3497. 
Status:  Introduced 3/12/18; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 4/12/18. Informational hearing only; bill laid over 4/12/18.

SF 3245 (Pratt):  A bill to modify the PACE program for residential customers. See also Companion Bill HF 3688.
Status:  Introduced 3/12/18; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 3/15/18. Committee report Do Pass as amended 3/15/18; referred to Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 3/21/18. Committee reports Do Pass; referred to Judiciary and Public Safety 3/21/18. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended; referred to Taxes. Set for hearing 4/12/18. Amended and recommend Do Pass; referred to Finance 4/12/18. Set for hearing 4/19/18. Committee reports Do Pass as amended; second reading on Senate floor 4/19/18. Passed Senate (65-1) 5/7/18. Substituted on the House floor for House bill HF 3688; second reading on House floor 5/9/18.  Set for House floor debate 5/14/18. Passed House (123-0) 5/14/18. Presented to Governor 5/16/18.  Approved by Governor 5/19/18.

SF 3266 (Osmek):  Requiring the IOUs include an assessment of energy storage systems in their IRPs; requiring the MPUC to establish energy storage deployment targets as a result of the IRP process. See also Companion Bill HF 4046.
Status:  Introduced 3/12/18; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 3/13/18. Amended and passed by committee 3/13/18; referred to Finance Committee. See Senate Omnibus Bill SF 3656.

SF 3290 (Lang):  A bill to compensate businesses in cities affected by biomass closures (Benson). See also Companion Bill HF 4118. 
Status:  Introduced 3/14/18; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Committee reports Do Pass as amended; referred to Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy 3/15/18. Set for hearing 3/20/18. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended; referred to State Government Finance and Policy and Elections 3/21/18. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended; referred to Finance 3/26/18. Committee reports Do Pass as amended; second reading on Senate floor 4/19/18. See Supplemental Omnibus Finance Bill SF 3656.    

SF 3299 (Mathews):  A bill to limit administrative spending as it pertains to the distribution of the VW settlement funds. See also Companion Bill HF 4241.
Status:  Introduced 3/14/18; referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance. Committee recommends Do Pass; referred to Finance 3/26/18. Procedural rules applied; bill re-referred to Rules and Administration 3/27/18. Amended into SF 3141, see Article 1, section 58. See also Senate Omnibus Bill SF 3656.

SF 3397 (Marty):  Modifying the solar energy incentive program; requiring its operation until 2023. 
Status:  Introduced 3/15/18; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. 

SF 3399 (Hall):  Increasing the public bidding threshold from $100,000 to $175,000. See also Companion Bill HF 3841.
Status:  Introduced 3/15/18; referred to Local Government. Committee recommends Do Pass; second reading on Senate floor 3/27/18. Withdrawn on Senate floor in favor of companion bill HF 3841 4/23/18.  

SF 3400 (Dahms):  Requiring that wind turbine generators install an aircraft detection lighting system. See also Companion Bill HF 3792.
Status:  Introduced 3/15/18; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 3/22/18. Withdrawn from committee hearing. 

SF 3441 (Lang):  A bill revising the one-call process; requiring the notification center to create a database of the utilities’ contact information. See also Companion Bill HF 2719. 
Status:  Introduced 3/15/18; referred to Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 3/23/18. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended; referred to Energy and Utilities. Committee recommends Do Pass 4/9/18; second reading on Senate floor. See Senate Omnibus Bill SF 3656.

SF 3463 (Utke):  A bill creating liability for trespass or damage to critical infrastructure. See also Companion Bill HF 3693.
Status:  Introduced 3/15/18; referred to Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 3/28/18. Committee recommends Do Pass 4/9/18; second reading on Senate floor. Passed Senate (37-28) 5/7/18. House substituted SF 3463 in place of HF 3693 on House floor 5/9/18.  Second reading 5/9/18. Set for floor debate in House 5/19/18. Passed House (77-46) 5/19/18.

SF 3483 (Housley):  Allowing a licensed solar PV installer to supervise up to five unlicensed solar PV installers. See also Companion Bill HF 3904.
Status:  Introduced 3/15/18; referred to Jobs and Economic Growth Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 3/21/18. Laid over 3/21/18.

SF 3504 (Mathews):  A bill allowing a rate rider for a “carbon reduction facility” for certain nuclear plants. See also Companion Bill HF 3708. 
Status:  Introduced 3/15/18; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 3/22/18. Re-set for hearing 3/27/18. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended; second reading on Senate floor. See Senate Omnibus Bill SF 3656.

SF 3558 (Goggin):  A bill to have the Dept. of Commerce to develop a utility stakeholder group to direct development of the CIP tracking system; and to mandate that the DOC spend $800,000 each biennium for technical support and software development/maintenance. See also Companion Bill HF 3993.
Status:  Introduced 3/19/18; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 3/20/18. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended; second reading on Senate floor. See Senate Omnibus Bill SF 3656.

SF 3577 (Senjem):  A bill to establish a grant program for the removal of the emerald as borer. See also Companion Bill HF 3749. 
Status:  Introduced 3/19/18; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. See Supplemental Omnibus Finance Bill SF 3656.  Failed to be included in final Conference Committee Report.

SF 3602 (Koran):  Authorizing public-private partnerships for infrastructure investments. Provides for feasibility studies; limits consultants to MN-licensed consultants. See also Companion Bill HF 3698.
Status:  Introduced 3/19/18; referred to State Government Finance and Policy and Elections. 

SF 3628 (Dibble):  A bill to establish and fund a solar energy grant program for schools. See also Companion Bill HF 3760.
Status:  Introduced 3/19/18; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. See Senate Omnibus Bill SF 3656.

SF 3656 (Rosen)Senate Omnibus Bill.
Status:  Introduced 3/21/18. Heard in committee and rolled with other bills to become Senate Omnibus Bill 4/23-24/18. Committee recommends Do Pass; second reading on Senate floor 4/25/18. Returned from House with amendments; Senate not concur 5/7/18. Conference committee appointed:  Representatives Knoblach, Loon, Torkelson, Garofalo, and Peloski; Senators Rosen, Benson, Kiffmeyer, Limmer and Newman 5/7/18. Conference Committee Report presented 5/19/18.  Passed Senate (35-32) 5/20/18; passed House (76-49) 5/19/18. Presented to Governor.

SF 3669 (Jensen):  A bill modifying the state gift law allowing for gifts of food valued at $15 or less. See also Companion Bill HF 4037.
Status:  Introduced 3/21/18; referred to State Government Finance and Policy and Elections.

SF 3716 (Senjem):  The Clean Energy First Act. Amending the IRP process to require that for each retiring non-renewable generation unit, the utility shall develop and submit to the state Dept. of Employment and Economic Development a plan to assist affected communities and workers impacted by the generation unit’s retirement. The bill further prohibits the approval of a non-renewable resource in an IRP unless the utility first demonstrates the need cannot be met through energy efficiency, renewable energy cost effectively or reliably. 
Status:  Introduced 3/21/18; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 3760 (Bigham):  A bill requiring the Public Utilities Commission to assess job growth and economic opportunities as part of the Certificate of Need process for renewable energy projects. See also Companion Bill HF 4394.
Status:  Introduced 3/22/18; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. 

SF 3871 (Osmek): Modifying the Solar Energy Standard as to the amount/type of distributed generation required (pertains to IOUs only). See also Companion Bill HF 3946.
Status:  Introduced 3/29/18; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. See Senate Omnibus Bill SF 3656.

SF 3872 (Osmek): A bill allowing large customers of 10,000 kilowatts or larger to opt out of the CIP program.  See also Companion Bill HF 3794.
Status:  Introduced 3/29/18; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 3902 (Mathews): Eliminating the range of environmental costs used for electric utility planning (IRPs). See also Companion Bill HF 3110.
Status:  Introduced 4/9/18; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 3946 (Marty): A bill to establish a grant program for Energy conservation in rental properties; appropriating $6 million for each fiscal year 2019 and fiscal year 2020 for the program. See also Companion Bill HF 4219.
Status:  Introduced 4/12/18; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 3982 (Chamberlain):  The Senate Omnibus Tax bill.  See also House Companion bill HF 4395.
Status:  Introduced 4/16/18; referred to Taxes. See status of companion bill HF 4395. 

SF 4059 (Goggin):  A bill to establish the Prairie Island Net Zero Project and appropriate funds for it. See also Companion Bill HF 4490.
Status:  Introduced 5/3/18; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

SF 4060 (Dahms):  A bill to repeal the requirement that community solar gardens (Xcel programs) may take place in non-contiguous counties. 
Status:  Introduced 5/3/18; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. See also Supplemental Omnibus Finance Bill SF 3656. Failed to be included in final Conference Committee Report.

SF 4082 (Champion):  A bill to require that cumulative pollution analysis must be done prior to the issuance of air permits. See also Companion Bill HF 4478.
Status:  Introduced 5/15/18; referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance. 

SF 4086 (Marty):  Creation of the Minnesota Carbon Assessment and Rebate Act. This would create a state carbon tax. See also Companion Bill HF 4517.
Status:  Introduced 5/16/18; referred to Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy. 

SF 4088 (Koran):  A bill setting forth the requirement for disclosing conflicts of interest in certain public bidding for municipals. See also Companion Bill HF 4514.
Status:  Introduced 5/17/18; referred to Local Government.


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