2020 Special Session House Bills

HF 5 (Stephenson): A bill for funding of grants for small businesses (50 employees or less) financially affected by COVID-19. Funding may be used for a variety of expenses, including utility bills. See companion bill SF 2.
Status: Introduced 6/12/2020; referred to Jobs and Economic Development Finance Division. Motion to suspend rules and given second and third reading 6/12/2020. Passed House (129-5) 6/12/2020. Passed Senate (67-0).

HF 61 (Stephenson): The Energy Conservation and Optimization (ECO) Act. It would revise state CIP statutes by implementing stricter CIP guidelines and allowing beneficial electrification to count towards CIP goals in some cases.
Status: Introduced 6/12/2020; referred to Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division.

HF 125 (Baker): A bill to appropriate funding from the Renewable Development Account (RDA) to compensate businesses affected by the closure of a biomass facility. An administrative law judge would be appointed by the Office of Administrative Hearing to develop a process to distribute the RDA funds. See companion bill SF 35.
Status: Introduced 6/15/2020; referred to Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division.


2020 House Bill Introductions

HF 1405 (Stephenson): The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) would be charged with giving preference for renewable or carbon-free energy when reviewing any Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). Other major issues include considering the impacts of local job creation or job loss when choosing a generation resource, requiring utilities to study the seasonal operation of coal fired generation, and requesting MISO to coordinate an electric transmission study to incorporate high levels of renewable energy. See companion bill SF 1456.
Status: Introduced 2/28/2020; referred to Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division. Set for hearing 3/03/2020. Amended and passed committee, referred to Ways and Means 3/3/20. Passed committee, referred to Jobs and Economic Development Finance Division 3/9/2020. Hearing scheduled for 3/12/2020. Passed as amended and referred to Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division 04/14/2020.

HF 1507 (Stephenson): This bill is referred to as a “COVID-19” Economic Security Act. The bill would appropriate $208 million for mortgage/rent relief, small business emergency loans, grants for broadband, grants for telemedicine equipment and support for personal care assistants.
Status: Introduced 2/21/2020; referred to Jobs. Adopted as amended and referred to Ways and Means 3/11/2020. Referred to Jobs and Economic Development Finance Division 3/11/2020. Adopted as amended and referred to Ways and Means 4/24/2020. Amended and sent to House floor 5/52020. Passed House (75-58) 5/7/2020. Sent to Senate 5/11/2020.

HF 1842 (Wagenius): This bill is the renewable development fund omnibus finance bill. The bill focuses on programs within Xcel energy service territory. Funding requests for solar incentives, solar on schools, electric vehicle (EV) rebates, auto dealer certification, EV charging stations, climate modeling, EV school bus grants, EV transportation bus grants, and a prairie island net-zero project. See companion bill SF 2084.
Status: Introduced 3/10/2020; referred to Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division. Passed committee and referred to Ways and Means 3/10/2020. Passed committee and re-referred to Government Operations 4/28/2020. Passed committee and re-referred to Ways and Means 5/4/2020. Passed committee and re-referred to Rules and Legislative Administration 5/4/2020. Passed committee and referred to Ways and Means 5/7/2020. Adopted and sent to House floor 5/7/2020. Passed House (84-49) 5/15/2020. Sent to Senate 5/15/2020. Referred to Rules and Administration 5/15/2020. Passed Senate (59-8) 5/17/2020. Approved by Governor May 27.

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. See companion bill SF 3230.
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. Laid over for possible inclusion in omnibus bill 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. See companion bill SF 3314.
Status: Introduced 2/11/2020; referred to Energy and Climate Financing and Policy Division. Set for hearing 2/27/2020. Passed and referred to Capitol Investment 2/27/2020.

HF 3057 (Lee): Any agency issuing a non expiring 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. See companion bill SF 3324.
Status: Introduced 2/11/2020; referred to Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division. Amended and re-referred to Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division. Set for hearing 3/10/2020. Passed and laid over for possible inclusion into an omnibus bill.

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. See companion bill SF 3433.
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. Set for hearing 3/10/2020. Passed and laid over for possible inclusion into an omnibus bill. Introduced 2/11/2020; referred to Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division.

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. Laid over for possible inclusion into omnibus bill 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. Laid over for possible inclusion into omnibus bill 2/18/2020.

HF 3368 (Long): This bill pertains to modifying conditions for Xcel Energy Solar programs. However, one additional requirement would be for the Public Utilities Commission to adopt a range of environmental costs. This would affect any utility filing an IPR with the commission.
Status: Introduced 2/17/2020: referred to Energy and Climate Finance and Policy. Set for hearing 2/25/2020. Passed and sent to Ways and Means 2/27/2020. Adopted as amended and re-referred to Ways and Means 3/2/2020.

HF 3429 (Nelson): The bill provides funding, policy, and special procedures for Minnesota to conduct safe and secure primary and general elections. The bill allows local districts to move or combine polling places to better accommodate social distancing, allow health care professions to collect and deliver patients’/long term care residents’ absentee ballots, extend the period for absentee balloting, and allow for additional electronic filing for candidates. See companion bill SF 3494.
Status: Introduced 2/17/2020; referred to Government Operations. Committee adopted as amended and referred to State Government Finance Division 2/27/2020. Adopted, referred to Ways and Means 3/29/2020. Adopted as amended, Sent to House floor 4/30/2020. Passed House (119-14) 5/4/2020. Sent to Senate 5/4/2020. Passed Senate (66-1) 5/9/2020. Presented to Governor 5/12/2020. Signed by Governor 5/12/2020

HF 3436 (Acomb): This bill seeks approximately $195 million in state funding for five state agencies and nine separate grant programs. The focus of the projects would be to expand climate change solutions. See companion bill SF 4215.
Status: Introduced 2/17/2020; referred to Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division. Laid over for possible inclusion in omnibus bill 2/20/2020.

HF 3438 (Bierman): This would require utilities to post electricity rate schedules on websites.
Status: Introduced 2/17/2020; referred to Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division. Set for hearing 2/27/2020. Laid over for possible inclusion in omnibus bill 2/27/2020.

HF 3539 (Carlson): A funding request for a “Net-Zero” energy project proposed by the Prairie Island Native Community. Through a combination of energy efficiency and renewable energy, the tribal community would offset all the energy that they consume with self-generated renewable resources. A request has been made for $46.2 million from the Renewable Development Account would be administered by Department of Commerce with any unspent funds returned to the state. See companion bill SF 3562.
Status: Introduced 2/19/2020; referred to Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division. Passed and laid over for inclusion into an omnibus bill 3/5/2020. See Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division Omnibus bill HF 1842. Passed House (84-49) 5/15/2020. Passed Senate (59-8) 5/17/2020. Amended into HF 1842. See HF 1842.

HF 3590 (Edelson): This is a $ 1,000,000 appropriation to the University of Minnesota to coordinate with state agencies and study the potential for carbon sequestration. See companion bill SF 3666.
Status: Introduced 2/20/2020; referred to Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division. Committee adopted and re-referred to Energy and Climate Finance and Policy 3/4/2020. Set for hearing 3/12/2020. Passed and laid over for possible inclusion into an omnibus bill.

HF 3596 (Acomb): A Solar-on-Schools grant program that would allow schools to apply for grant funding to install up to 40 kW of solar arrays on their property.
Status: Introduced 2/20/2020; referred to Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division.

HF 3668 (Novotny): This bill would create a crime for trespassing or damaging critical utility infrastructure, or for recruiting individuals to do so.
Status: Introduced 2/24/2020; referred to Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Division.

HF 3893 (Long): The bill seeks a $890,000 appropriation from the general fund and a surcharge on electric vehicles for the commissioner of the Department of Transportation to create an electric vehicle charging infrastructure competitive grant.
Status: Introduced 2/27/2020; referred to Transportation Finance and Policy Division.

HF 3894 (Long): This bill would create an electric vehicle rebate of up to $2500 for a new vehicle and $500 for a used vehicle. See companion bill SF4051.
Status: Introduced 2/27/2020; referred to Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division.

HF 3923 (Wagenius): This bill would require electric utilities to offer rebates of $300, or more, for cold climate air source heat pumps for residential customers.
Status: Introduced 2/27/2020; referred to Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division.

HF 3929 (Brand): The bill would appropriate $5 million from the general fund to create a grant program for coops and municipals to explore the costs and complexities of interconnecting DER or energy storage to their distribution systems.
Status: Introduced 2/27/2020; referred to Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division. Set for hearing 3/12/2020. Passed and laid over for possible inclusion into an omnibus bill.

HF 3938 (Hausman): This would have the Department of Commerce bring together stakeholders and develop a framework to make Minnesota the only state to rely solely on renewable energy. The stakeholders would include energy advocacy groups, utilities, labor, and the scientific community.
Status: Introduced 3/2/2020; referred to Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division.

HF 3982 (Vang): This would request a $5 million appropriation for the Commissioner of the MPCA to establish a competitive grant process for cities to plan for the effects of climate change.
Status: Introduced 3/2/2020; referred to Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division. Set for hearing 3/12/2020. Passed committee and re-referred to Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division 3/26/2020.

HF 4123 (Christensen): This bill would establish a zero-interest revolving loan fund for energy conservation in schools by appropriating $20 million from the general fund. See companion bill SF 4149.
Status: Introduced 3/4/2020; referred to Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division.

HF 4125 (Wazlawik); This bill would create a grant program for residential energy improvements. The Commissioner of Commerce would oversee a competitive grant program with a $15 million dollar appropriation.
Status: Introduced 3/4/2020; referred to Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division. Set for hearing 3/12/2020. Passed and laid over for possible inclusion into an omnibus bill.

HF 4154 (Garofalo): A funding request for Dakota County to repair a hydro electric generating facility at the Byllesby Dam. See companion bill SF 4085.
Status: Introduced 3/4/2020; referred to Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division. Set for hearing 3/17/2020. Hearing canceled. See Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division Omnibus bill HF 1842. Passed House (84-49) 5/15/2020. Passed Senate (59-8) 5/17/2020. Amended into HF 1842. See HF 1842.

HF 4181 (Stephenson): This bill would create a preference for all state departments to purchase electric vehicles as they replace their fleets. The appropriation would create rebates, dealer incentives and dealer certification. See companion bill SF 4329.
Status: Introduced 3/5/2020; referred to Government Operations. Recalled and re-referred to Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division. Passed by committee, referred to Government Operations 3/10/2020.

HF 4198 (Sandell): This would establish a competitive grant program for residential solar rebates with a $10 million appropriation from the general fund. See companion bill SF 4329.
Status: Introduced 3/5/2020; referred to Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division.

HF 4239 (Long): This bill would create a new energy efficiency grant program for commercial buildings. Grants would be administered by the Department of Commerce with an appropriation from the general fund. See companion bill SF 4376.
Status: Introduced 3/9/2020; referred to Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division.

HF 4299 (Lippert): This bill would modify the property assessed clean energy program (PACE) to include farmland as a qualifying commercial property.
Status: Introduced 3/9/2020; referred to the Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division.

HF 4397 (Brand): This bill would create an assessment on carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels and deposit those funds into a carbon assessment dividend account. Funds from this account would be disbursed for a variety of climate mitigation strategies. See companion bill SF 4207.
Status: Introduced 3/11/2020; referred to Energy and Climate Finance and Policy.

HF 4502 (Stephenson):This bill would revise and update existing Conservation Improvement Program (CIP) statutes. The Energy Conservation and Optimization (ECO) Act of 2020 would create stricter guidelines for CIP governance while allowing CIP investments in beneficial electrification to count towards CIP goals. See companion bill SF 4409.
Status: Introduced 3/16/2020; referred to Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division. Set for hearing 4/23/20. Passed by committee and referred to Rules and Legislative Administration 4/28/2020. Committee report to adopt and placed on the House Calendar for hearing 5/11/2020. Passed House (79-55) 5/12/2020. Sent to Senate 5/12/2020.

HF 4579 (Liebling): the bill would appropriate $300 million to develop contact tracing, case investigation and follow-up services for persons who are exposed to COVID-19. This initiative will limit the spread of the virus by educating and compelling individuals to self-quarantine.
Status: Introduced 4/28/2020; referred to Health and Human Services Finance Division. Passed as amended and referred to Ways and Means 5/7/2020. Referred to Rules and Legislative Administration 5/7/2020. Committee adopted and re-referred to Ways and Means 5/7/2020. Committee adopted 5/12/2020.

HF 4658 (Tabke): A bill to authorize the City of Shakopee to abolish the city public utilities commission or transfer to the city council the commission's powers, duties, assets, and liabilities.
Status: Introduced 5/9/2020; referred to Government Operations.

HF 4673 (Marquart): A bill for an act relating to local government aid; providing aid and grants to counties, cities, and towns to fund expenses related to COVID-19; appropriating money from the coronavirus relief federal fund. This is the House version of how to allocate the $667 million available from the CARES Act. Authored by Rep. Marquart, the funding would be split between all counties, except Hennepin and Ramsey, cities and townships on a per capita basis. An additional $100 million would be set aside for local governments to cover additional or extraordinary expenses.
Status: Introduced 5/13/2020; referred to Ways and Means. Committee adopted 5/15/2020.









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