The 2017 Legislative Session runs from January 3 through May 22. As in all odd-numbered years, the Legislature is required by law to adopt the operating budgets for state agencies for the coming biennium. (Even-numbered years are known as "bonding years" when the focus is on funding for large infrastructure and other capital-intensive projects.)
Legislation to Watch
H.F. 234*/S.F. 141: Allowing electric cooperatives to locally file distributed generation tariffs and limiting the Public Utilities Commission's jurisdiction over distributed generation customer complaints to investor-owned utilities.
H.F. 299/S.F. 460: Allowing for the refundability of the sales tax on construction materials for local governments.
H.F. 739/S.F. 561: Authorizing the collocation of small wireless facilities in public right-of-way.
H.F. 888/S.F. 723: Omnibus Environment Bill (contains policy provisions related to environmental rulemaking, permitting, and water quality standards and appropriations for the MN Pollution Control Agency)
H.F. 1985/S.F. 2193: Modifying the property taxation of electric generation and distribution equipment.
H.F. 2209/S.F. 1937*: Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill (contains policy provisions related to energy and telecommunications, broadband funding, and appropriations for the Division of Energy Resources and Public Utilities Commission)
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