Senate Bill Introductions

SF 3535 (Port): Revising the PACE program to allow for projects to move forward under PACE even if it does not meet certain cost-effective requirements but provides other benefits. Companion HF 3946.
Status: Introduced 2/12/24; referred to Energy, Utilities, Environment and Climate. Set for hearing 3/6/24.

SF 3682 (McEwen): Within 30 days after a site or route permit has been issued for a project under chapter 216E (electric generation facilities, transmission), all state agencies must make any final decisions on any other pending permits for that project. Companion Bill HF 3457.
Status: Introduced 2/15/24; referred to Energy, Utilities, Environment and Climate.

SF 3683 (McEwen): Requiring utilities to study transmission congestion in Minnesota, identify the frequency of congestion in certain areas, analyze grid enhancing technology (GETS) that could alleviate the congestion, and propose a plan for installing GETS at each congestion point. Companion Bill HF 3704.
Status: Introduced 2/15/24; referred to Energy, Utilities, Environment and Climate.

SF 3637 (Marty): Require the Department of Commerce Division of Energy Resources to develop a detailed plan to move the state to all renewable energy by 2040.
Status: Introduced 2/15/24; referred to Energy, Utilities, Environment and Climate.

SF 3949 (McEwen): Requiring high-voltage transmission lines to be sited in certain priority areas; requiring utilities to pay for any relocation of transmission lines. Companion HF 3900.
Status: Introduced 2/19/24; referred to Energy, Utilities, Environment and Climate. Set for hearing 3/4/24.

SF 3959 (Marty): Limiting rate recovery for IOUs’ CEO salaries.
Status: Introduced 2/19/24; referred to Energy, Utilities, Environment and Climate.

SF 4062 (Koran): Prohibiting any entity that receives state funding from making campaign contributions or expending money or any political purpose (lobbying). Companion HF 3647.
Status; Introduced 2/22/24; referred to Elections.

SF 4078 (Lucero): Requiring a product stewardship program for wind and solar component reclamation and recycling. Companion HF 703.
Status: Introduced 2/22/24; referred to Environment, Climate and Legacy.

SF 4108 (Hauschild): Establishing the Minnesota Advisory Council on Infrastructure and funding it; to coordinate infrastructure planning, funding, and maintenance, particularly as it pertains to climate policy, economic development and energy. Companion HF 4025.
Status: Introduced 2/22/24; referred to Labor.

SF 4132 (Mitchell): Increasing civil penalties for non-compliance with state open meetings laws; requiring specific documentation if the entity is to close a meeting for attorney-client privilege reasons. Companion HF 4136.
Status: Introduced 2/22/24; referred to State and Local Government and Veterans.

SF 4159 (Port): Requiring all utilities (electric, water, etc.) to accept an individual taxpayer ID number in lieu of an SSN for applications for new service. Companion HF 4155.
Status: Introduced 2/22/24; referred to Energy, Utilities, Environment and Climate. Set for hearing 3/6/24.

SF 4167 (Xiong): Requiring the MPCA to formulate a methodology to calculate the GHG emissions of various stages of sourcing, producing and shipping of retail industry products. Companion HF 4189.
Status: Introduced 2/26/24; referred to Energy, Utilities, Environment and Climate.

SF 4297 (Mitchell): Establishing a public comment period for certain meetings; allowing comment by internet platform. Companion HF 4120.
Status: Introduced 2/26/24; referred to State and Local Government.

SF 4361 (Morrison): Subjecting electric cooperatives to open meeting and public records laws. Companion HF 3895.
Status: Introduced 2/29/24; referred to Energy, Utilities, Environment and Climate.

SF 4373 (Lucero): Requiring that utilities get consent from customers before installing smart meters.
Status: Introduced 2/29/24; referred to Energy, Utilities, Environment and Climate.

SF 4379 (Fateh): Requiring additional physical measurements of air emissions and reporting of the measurements. Companion HF 3579.
Status: Introduced 2/29/24; referred to Environment, Climate and Legacy.

SF 4426 (Marty): Prohibiting IOUs from recovering lobbying expenses from ratepayers. Companion HF 4292.
Status: Introduced 2/29/24; referred to Energy, Utilities, Environment and Climate.

SF 4428 (Mitchell): State Public Utilities Commission added to the list of agencies which are subject to certain obligations to Tribal governments. Companion HF 4354.
Status: Introduced 2/29/24; referred to State and Local Government and Veterans.

SF 4433 (Hawi): Requiring reimbursement to the MPCA for any negotiated agreement to settle violations. Companion HF 4410.
Status: Introduced 2/29/24; referred to Environment, Climate and Legacy.

SF 4456 (Mann): Allowing advisory public bodies to meet by interactive technology if certain conditions are followed. Companion HF 4413.
Status: Introduced 2/29/24; referred to State and Local Government and Veterans.


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