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Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Policy

FOURTEENTH MEETING

2021-2022 Regular Session - February 25, 2021

STATE OF MINNESOTA FOURTEENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETY-SECOND SESSION

Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Policy MINUTES
Representative Hansen, Chair of the Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Policy Committee, called the meeting to order at 1:00 P.M. on February 25th, 2021, pursuant to House rule 10.01. The meeting was conducted over Zoom and broadcast via House Public Information Services, Facebook Live, and YouTube live streaming.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll. Members present:
HANSEN, Rick (Chair) WAZLAWIK, Ami (Vice Chair) HEINTZEMAN, Josh (Lead)
ACOMB, Patty AKLAND, Susan BACKER, Jeff BECKER-FINN, Jamie ECKLUND, Rob
FISCHER, Peter GREEN, Steve IGO, Spencer JORDAN, Sydney KEELER, Heather LEE, Fue LIPPERT, Todd LUECK, Dale MORRISON, Kelly
NELSON, Nathan EXCUSED:
THEIS, Tama

Chair Hansen called the meeting to order at 1:00 P.M. A quorum was present.

Rep. Ecklund moved that the minutes from February 23rd, 2021 be approved. MOTION PREVAILED.

HF990 (MARQUART) Soil and water district supervisor compensation increased. Rep. Hansen moved that HF990 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill Rep. Marquart presented the bill.
Rep. Hansen renewed the motion that HF990 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill, and the bill was laid over.

Testifiers:
Sheila Vanney, Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Rep. Wazlawik assumed the gavel at 1:07 P.M.
HF1255 (HANSEN) Electric cogeneration activity power purchase agreement authorized.

Rep. Hansen moved that HF1255 be recommended to be re-referred to the Climate and Energy Finance and Policy Committee.

Rep. Hansen presented the bill.

Rep. Hansen renewed his motion that HF1255 be recommended to be re-referred to the Climate and Energy Finance and Policy Committee and a roll was taken:

AYES:

HANSEN, Rick (Chair) WAZLAWIK, Ami (Vice Chair) HEINTZEMAN, Josh (Lead)
ACOMB, Patty AKLAND, Susan BACKER, Jeff BECKER-FINN, Jamie ECKLUND, Rob
FISCHER, Peter GREEN, Steve IGO, Spencer JORDAN, Sydney KEELER, Heather LIPPERT, Todd LUECK, Dale MORRISON, Kelly
NELSON, Nathan

EXCUSED:

JORDAN, Sydney LEE, Fue
THEIS, Tama
By a vote of 16 Ayes and 3 Excused the MOTION PREVAILED. Testifiers:
Ken Smith, President/CEO Evergreen Energy Rick Evans, Xcel Energy
Forrest Cyr, MN Landscape Association

HF1237 (HANSEN) Environmental priority qualified facility provisions modified, property interest acquisition authority modified, contaminant information request authorized, perfluorochemicals designated as hazardous substance, and electronic waste provisions modified.

Rep. Hansen moved that HF1237 be recommended to be re-referred to the Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Committee.

Rep. Hanson moved H1237A1 to amend HF1237, and the amendment was ADOPTED. Rep. Hansen presented the bill.
Rep. Hansen renewed his motion that HF1237, as amended, be recommended to be re-referred to the Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Committee and a roll was taken:

AYES:

HANSEN, Rick (Chair) WAZLAWIK, Ami (Vice Chair) ACOMB, Patty
BECKER-FINN, Jamie ECKLUND, Rob
FISCHER, Peter JORDAN, Sydney KEELER, Heather LEE, Fue LIPPERT, Todd MORRISON, Kelly

NAYS:

HEINTZEMAN, Josh (Lead)

AKLAND, Susan BACKER,Jeff
GREEN, Steve IGO, Spencer LUECK, Dale NELSON, Nathan

EXCUSED:

THEIS, Tama
By a vote of 11 Ayes, 7 Nays, and 1 excused the MOTION PREVAILED. Testifiers:
Greta Gauthier, Assistant Commissioner MN Pollution Control Agency Tony Kwilas, MN Chamber of Commerce
Brian Martinson, Association of MN Counties Craig Johnson, League of MN Cities
Kirk Koudelka, MPCA Katrina Kessler, MPCA

Rep. Hansen resumed the gavel at 2:19 P.M.

HF1426 (JORDAN) Carpet stewardship program established.

Rep. Jordan moved that HF1426 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill. Rep. Jordan moved A21-0042 to amend HF1426, and the MOTION PREVAILED
Rep. Jordan renewed the motion that HF1426, as amended, be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill, and the bill was laid over.

Testifiers:
Doug Mancosh, CEO RISE Technology Mankato Steve Thomas, Better Futures MN
Jenn Stowe, Carpet and Rug Institute
Brian Martinson, Association of MN Counties Victoria Reinhardt, Commissioner Ramsey County

Rep. Hansen adjourned the meeting at 2:34 P.M.



Rick Hansen Chair of Environment Finance and Policy





Adam Kopel Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF1255 (Hansen) - Electric cogeneration activity power purchase agreement authorized.
  • HF1237 (Hansen) - Environmental priority qualified facility provisions modified; property interest acquisition authority modified; contaminant information requests authorized; public notice of wastewater overflows, bypasses, and releases required from publicly owned treatment works; electronic waste provisions modified; enforcement modified; and waste composition studies provided.
  • HF990 (Marquart) - Soil and water district supervisor compensation increased.
  • HF1426 (Jordan) - Carpet stewardship program established.
House TV Video:
View Archive

2:56 HF990 (Marquart) Soil and water district supervisor compensation increased.
7:22 HF1255 (Hansen) Electric cogeneration activity power purchase agreement authorized.
20:16 HF1237 (Hansen) Environmental priority qualified facility provisions modified, property interest acquisition authority modified, contaminant information request authorized, perfluorochemicals designated as hazardous substance, and electronic waste provisions modified.
1:18:56 HF1426 (Jordan) Carpet stewardship program established.


Agenda Change: Bills Added.

The agenda is updated to include the formal bill number on the previous HFxxxx (Jordan).

HF1255 (Hansen) Electric cogeneration activity power purchase agreement authorized.
HF1237 (Hansen) Environmental priority qualified facility provisions modified, property interest acquisition authority modified, contaminant information request authorized, perfluorochemicals designated as hazardous substance, and electronic waste provisions modified.
HF990 (Marquart) Soil and water district supervisor compensation increased.
HF1426 (Jordan) Carpet stewardship program established.
*Amendments are due for all bills by 1:00pm, Wednesday, February 24, 2021

This remote hearing is taking place pursuant to Rule 10.01, which you may view here: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/cco/rules/permrule/permrule.asp

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Public Testimony:
• Members of the public with questions about this process or who are interested in testifying at this meeting may email committee staff at Peter.Strohmeier@house.mn
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