Senate Bill Introductions

SB 36: A bill allowing the Public Utility Commission to require the owner of a solar generation facility to make plans and provide financial security to assure the decommissioning and removal of a solar facility no longer in use.
Status: Pre-filed bill 1/5/22. Referred to Senate Commerce and Energy. Set for hearing 1/18/22. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (9-0) 1/18/22. Passed Senate (32-0) 1/20/22. Referred to House Commerce and Energy 1/21/22. Set for hearing 1/26/22. Passed Senate Commerce and Energy (13-0) 1/26/22; placed on consent calendar. Removed from consent calendar 1/27/22. Passed House (64-0) 1/31/22. Signed by Governor 2/2/22.

SB 53: A bill to appropriate workforce housing funds; local infrastructure grants may be included.
Status: Introduced 1/6/22; referred to Senate Commerce and Energy. Set for hearing 2/3/22. Re-set for hearing 2/8/22. Referred to the Joint Committee on Appropriations, as amended (9-0) 2/8/22. Referred to Senate Committee on Appropriations 2/14/22. Set for hearing 2/16/22. Passed Senate Committee on Appropriations as amended (8-1) 2/16/22. Passed Senate as amended (33-2) 2/23/22. Referred to House committee on Appropriations; set for hearing 2/28/22. House Appropriations recommended Do NOT Pass (6-2) 2/28/22. Failed to pass as amended by House (45-23) 3/2/22; motion for reconsideration made. Motion for reconsideration passed (49-19); bill amended—includes language requiring GOED to make 70% of the funding available to municipalities with population of less than 50,000. Passed House as amended (47-21) 3/2/22. Passed House as amended (47-21) 3/2/22. Senate filed to concur with House amendment 3/9/22; conference committee appointed. Bill amended and hoghoused through conference committee to become a bill to authorize and fund a Department of Corrections community work center. Conference report adopted by Senate (32-2) and House (50-19) 3/10/22. Signed by Governor 3/15/22.

SB 55: A bill to appropriate $50 million of federal funds to the Office of Economic Development for broadband expansion grants.
Status: Introduced 1/6/22; referred to Senate Commerce and Energy. Referred to the Joint Committee on Appropriations (8-0) 2/10/22. Referred to Senate Committee on Appropriations 2/14/22. Set for hearing 2/17/22. Passed Senate Committee on Appropriations as amended (8-0) 2/17/22. Passed Senate (35-0) 2/22/22. Referred to House committee on Appropriations; set for hearing 2/28/22. Passed House Appropriations (9-0) 3/1/22. Passed House as amended (65-4) 3/3/22. Signed by Governor 3/23/22.

SB 80: A bill to exempt EV charging station owners from PUC utility regulation, provided power is purchased from the incumbent utility.
Status: Introduced 1/13/22. Referred to Senate Commerce and Energy. Set for hearing 1/20/22. Passed committee (9-0); placed on Senate consent calendar 1/20/22. Passed Senate (35-0) 1/24/22. Referred to House Commerce and Energy. Set for hearing 1/31/22. Passed Committee (10-0) 1/31/22. Passed House (65-1) 2/1/22. Signed by Governor 2/10/22.

SB 157: A bill to exempt equipment for data mining/bitcoin mining facilities from sales taxes.
Status: Introduced 1/27/22; referred to Senate Taxation. Set for hearing 2/9/22. Passed Senate Taxation as amended (7-0) 2/9/22. Failed to pass Senate as amended (17-18) 2/14/22. Motion for reconsideration of bill on Senate floor passed (22-13) 2/15/22. Bill amended by Senate to sunset the bill provisions on June 30, 2028 (21-14); bill passed Senate as amended (20-15) 2/15/22. Referred to House Commerce and Energy; set for hearing 2/23/22. Hearing rescheduled to 2/25/22. Tabled by committee (10-0) 2/25/22.


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