2020 House Bill Introductions

HF 2966 (Mekeland): Defines damaging critical utility infrastructure or recruiting or educating individuals to trespass on or damage critical infrastructure as a crime punishable by imprisonment and/or payment of a fine.
Status: Introduced 2/11/2020; referred to Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Division.

HF 3054 (Stephenson): Requires the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to create a semiannual report on electric generation sources and their associated air pollution emissions. Utilities would be required to mail emission reports semiannually to consumers and publish on their websites. See companion bill SF 3103.
Status: Introduced 2/11/2020; referred to Energy and Climate Financing and Policy Division. Set for hearing 2/18/2020.

HF 3055 (Lee): The bill would create an assessment for the Department of Natural Resources to study the impacts of heavy precipitation and storms on state owned assets.
Status: Introduced 2/11/2020; referred to Energy and Climate Financing and Policy Division.

HF 3057 (Lee): Any agency issuing a nonexpiring air emission permits must review those permits every 5 years. Those reviews would include a public information meeting to discuss permit conditions, test results, the facilities operations and permit compliance.
Status: Introduced 2/11/2020; referred to Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division. Amended and re-referred to Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division.

HF 3058 (Lee): The Commission of the Pollution Control Agency is required to estimate the cumulative effects of pollution rather than the levels of pollution. The commissioner is also requires to add a community liaison to interact with communities exposed to pollutants.
Status: Introduced 2/11/2020; referred to Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division. Amended and re-referred to Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division 2/13/2020.

HF 3101 (Christensen): Semiannually, Minnesota utilities would be required to include a bill stuffer regarding renewable energy programs and renewable energy incentives offered by the utility.
Status: Introduced 2/11/2020; referred to Commerce. Amended and re-referred to Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division 2/13/2020. Set for hearing 2/18/2020.

HF 3209 (Stephenson): This bill would requires utilities operating carbon based generation to create a business case model for limiting the operation of nonrenewable generation. As part of an IRP, the Public Utilities Commission would need to approve any modification of operation so that it would not impact reliability or affordability.
Status: Introduced 2/13/2020; referred to Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division. Set for hearing 2/18/2020.


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