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HF 1428

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 04/26/2021 11:00pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to climate change; amending state greenhouse gas reduction goals; requiring
governmental actions to be consistent with state greenhouse gas reduction goals;
increasing the frequency of a report; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, sections
216H.01, by adding subdivisions; 216H.02, subdivision 1, by adding a subdivision;
216H.07, subdivision 3.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 216H.01, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 1b. new text end

new text begin Governmental action. new text end

new text begin "Governmental action" means activities or projects
wholly or partially conducted, permitted, assisted, financed, regulated, or approved by a
governmental unit.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 216H.01, is amended by adding a subdivision to
read:


new text begin Subd. 1c. new text end

new text begin Governmental unit. new text end

new text begin "Governmental unit" has the meaning given in section
116D.04, subdivision 1a.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 216H.01, is amended by adding a subdivision to
read:


new text begin Subd. 1d. new text end

new text begin Net zero. new text end

new text begin "Net zero" means:
new text end

new text begin (1) statewide greenhouse gas emissions equal to zero; or
new text end

new text begin (2) the balance of annual statewide greenhouse gas emissions minus any terrestrial
sequestration of those emissions equals zero or less.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 216H.01, is amended by adding a subdivision to
read:


new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Terrestrial sequestration. new text end

new text begin "Terrestrial sequestration" means the amount of
annual statewide greenhouse gas emissions that is removed from the atmosphere by plants
and micoorganisms located in Minnesota, excluding on active croplands, and stored in
vegetation, biomass, and soils so as to prevent emissions from reaching the atmosphere, as
estimated by the commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 216H.02, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Greenhouse gas emissions-reduction goal.

new text begin(a) new text endIt is the goal of the state
to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors producing those emissions
deleted text begin to a level at least 15 percent below 2005 levels by 2015, to a level at least 30 percent below
2005 levels by 2025, and to a level at least 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2050.
deleted text endnew text begin by at
least the following amounts, compared with the level of emissions in 2005:
new text end

new text begin (1) 15 percent by 2015;
new text end

new text begin (2) 30 percent by 2025;
new text end

new text begin (3) 45 percent by 2030; and
new text end

new text begin (4) to net zero by 2050.
new text end

new text begin (b)new text end The deleted text beginlevels shalldeleted text endnew text begin targets mustnew text end be reviewed deleted text beginbased on the climate change action plan
study.
deleted text endnew text begin annually by the commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency, taking into account
the latest scientific research on the impacts of climate change and strategies to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
The commissioner must forward any recommended changes to the targets to the chairs and
ranking minority members of legislative committees with primary jurisdiction over climate
change and environmental policy.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 216H.02, is amended by adding a subdivision to
read:


new text begin Subd. 1a. new text end

new text begin Greenhouse gas emissions reductions; governmental actions. new text end

new text begin (a)
Governmental units must incorporate the statewide greenhouse gas emissions reductions
targets under subdivision 1 into all aspects of their activities, including but not limited to
planning, regulating, funding, and permitting.
new text end

new text begin (b) Governmental actions must be consistent with the statewide greenhouse gas emissions
reductions targets under subdivision 1.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 216H.07, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

deleted text beginBiennialdeleted text endnew text begin Annualnew text end report.

(a) By January 15 deleted text beginofdeleted text end each deleted text beginodd-numbereddeleted text end year, the
commissioners of commerce and the Pollution Control Agency deleted text beginshalldeleted text endnew text begin mustnew text end jointly report to
the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with primary policy
jurisdiction over energy and environmental issues the most recent and best available evidence
identifying the level of reductions already achieved and the level necessary to achieve the
reductions timetable in section 216H.02.

(b) The report must be in easily understood nontechnical terms.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end