Senate Voting History

HF 707: Amendment: Restore Clean Water Legacy Funds to intended purposes (April 24, 2017)

Senate Floor Vote

Senate Legacy Omnibus Bill On March 30, the Senate passed a bill which cut base general funds for soil and water conservation districts administrative costs by $22 million. The Senate then shifted these costs to Legacy Funds by inserting them… Continue reading

How the Senate Voted

A “No” vote means the Senate bill uses Clean Water funds for administrative costs, and reduces funding for drinking water and water quality implementation.

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SF 723: Amendment: Remove language that would suspend certain water quality standards (March 30, 2017)

Senate Floor Vote

Senate Environment & Natural Resources Omnibus Bill The Senate Environment Finance Bill included a provision that would have weakened water quality rules by suspending certain water quality standards, including phosphorus standards for rivers, that were adopted after 2014. The Pollution… Continue reading

How the Senate Voted

A “No” vote means the provision is not removed and certain water quality rules would be suspended if the omnibus bill is agreed to the conference committee.

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SF 723: Amendment – Remove provision that would double the size of feedlots requiring environmental review (March 30, 2017)

Senate Floor Vote

Senate Environment & Natural Resources Omnibus Bill The Senate Environment Finance Bill included a provision that would have doubled the size of feedlots requiring environmental review. Current law requires environmental review for proposed feedlots or feedlot expansions with more than… Continue reading

How the Senate Voted

A “No” vote means the provision is not removed. If the omnibus bill is ultimately approved, only feedlots with more than 2000 animal units would receive review.

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SF723: Amendment: remove language that forbids local communities from regulating single use plastic bags (March 29, 2017)

Senate Floor Vote

Senate Omnibus Environment and Natural Resources Bill A section within the Senate’s Omnibus Environment and Natural Resources Bill was drafted to prohibit local communities and municipalities from banning or taxing single-use plastic bags. An amendment was offered to remove that… Continue reading

How the Senate Voted

A “No” vote means the amendment would not be adopted and local communities and municipalities can no longer regulate plastic bags.

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HF234: Remove Public Utilities Commission regulation of municipal electric utilities and rural electric cooperatives (March 16, 2017)

Senate Floor Vote

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) served as an adjudicating body to hear certain concerns brought by customers of municipal electric utilities and rural electric cooperatives. When customers invested in residential solar or wind generation, some municipal electric utilities or… Continue reading

How the Senate Voted

A “Yes” vote supports the bill and removing the authority of the PUC to review charges on customers of municipal electric utilities and rural electric cooperatives.

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