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SF 3228

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 05/27/2020 10:41am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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A bill for an act
relating to environment; modifying the metropolitan landfill abatement fund;
appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 473.844,
subdivisions 1, 1a; Laws 2019, First Special Session chapter 4, article 1, section
2, subdivision 7; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 473.844, subdivision
4.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 473.844, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Purposes.

The money in the environmental fund for landfill abatement
must be used to reducenew text begin,new text end to the greatest extent feasible and prudentnew text begin,new text end the need for and practice
of land disposal of mixed municipal solid waste in the metropolitan area. This money consists
of revenue deposited in the environmental fund under section 473.843, subdivision 2, clause
(1), and interest earned on investment of this money. deleted text beginAll repayments to loans made under
this section must be credited to the environmental fund.
deleted text end The landfill abatement money in
the environmental fund may be spent only for purposes of metropolitan landfill abatement
as provided in subdivision 1a and only upon appropriation by the legislature.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2020.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 473.844, subdivision 1a, is amended to read:


Subd. 1a.

Use of funds.

(a) The money in the account may be spent only for the following
purposes:

(1) assistance to any person for resource recovery projects funded under subdivision 4
or projects to develop and coordinate markets for reusable or recyclable waste materials,
including related public education, planning, and technical assistance;

(2) grants to counties under section 473.8441;

(3) program administration;

(4) public education on solid waste reduction and recycling;

(5) solid waste research; and

(6) grants to multicounty groups for regionwide planning for solid waste management
system operations and use of management capacity.

(b) The commissioner shall allocate at least deleted text begin50deleted text endnew text begin 95new text end percent of the annual revenue received
by the account for grants to counties under section 473.8441.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2020.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Laws 2019, First Special Session chapter 4, article 1, section 2, subdivision 7, is
amended to read:


Subd. 7.

Resource Management and Assistance

35,675,000
35,699,000
Appropriations by Fund
2020
2021
General
700,000
625,000
State Government
Special Revenue
75,000
75,000
Environmental
34,900,000
34,999,000

(a) Up to $150,000 the first year and $150,000
the second year may be transferred from the
environmental fund to the small business
environmental improvement loan account
under Minnesota Statutes, section 116.993.

(b) $1,000,000 the first year and $1,000,000
the second year are for competitive recycling
grants under Minnesota Statutes, section
115A.565. Of this amount, $700,000 the first
year and $625,000 the second year are from
the general fund, and $300,000 the first year
and $375,000 the second year are from the
environmental fund. This appropriation is
available until June 30, 2023. Any
unencumbered grant balances in the first year
do not cancel but are available for grants in
the second year. The base distribution for this
appropriation in fiscal year 2022 and later is
$300,000 each year from the general fund and
$700,000 each year from the environmental
fund.

(c) $694,000 the first year and $694,000 the
second year are from the environmental fund
for emission-reduction activities and grants to
small businesses and other
nonpoint-emission-reduction efforts. Of this
amount, $100,000 the first year and $100,000
the second year are to continue work with
Clean Air Minnesota, and the commissioner
may enter into an agreement with
Environmental Initiative to support this effort.
Any unencumbered grant balances in the first
year do not cancel but are available for grants
in the second year.

(d) $17,750,000 the first year and $17,750,000
the second year are from the environmental
fund for SCORE block grants to counties. Any
unencumbered grant balances in the first year
do not cancel but are available for grants in
the second year.

(e) $119,000 the first year and $119,000 the
second year are from the environmental fund
for environmental assistance grants or loans
under Minnesota Statutes, section 115A.0716.
Any unencumbered grant and loan balances
in the first year do not cancel but are available
for grants and loans in the second year.

(f) $112,000 the first year and $112,000 the
second year are from the environmental fund
for subsurface sewage treatment system
(SSTS) program administration and
community technical assistance and education,
including grants and technical assistance to
communities for water-quality protection.

(g) $169,000 the first year and $169,000 the
second year are from the environmental fund
to address the need for continued increased
activity in new technology review, technical
assistance for local governments, and
enforcement under Minnesota Statutes,
sections 115.55 to 115.58, and to complete the
requirements of Laws 2003, chapter 128,
article 1, section 165.

(h) $400,000 the first year and $400,000 the
second year are from the environmental fund
for grants to develop and expand recycling
markets for Minnesota businesses.

(i) $750,000 the first year and $750,000 the
second year are from the environmental fund
for reducing and diverting food waste,
redirecting edible food for consumption, and
removing barriers to collecting and recovering
organic waste. Of this amount, $500,000 each
year is for grants to increase food rescue and
waste prevention. This appropriation is
available until June 30, 2023. Any
unencumbered grant balances in the first year
do not cancel but are available for grants in
the second year.

(j) deleted text beginAll money deposited in the environmental
fund for the metropolitan solid waste landfill
fee in accordance with Minnesota Statutes,
section 473.843, and not otherwise
appropriated, is appropriated for the purposes
of Minnesota Statutes, section 473.844.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (k)deleted text end Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes,
section 16A.28, the appropriations
encumbered on or before June 30, 2021, as
contracts or grants for environmental
assistance awarded under Minnesota Statutes,
section 115A.0716; technical and research
assistance under Minnesota Statutes, section
115A.152; technical assistance under
Minnesota Statutes, section 115A.52; and
pollution prevention assistance under
Minnesota Statutes, section 115D.04, are
available until June 30, 2023.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2020.
new text end

Sec. 4. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin $3,263,000 in fiscal year 2021 is appropriated from the metropolitan landfill abatement
fund in the environmental fund to the commissioner of pollution control for metropolitan
landfill abatement activities under Minnesota Statutes, section 473.844. Of this amount,
$3,100,000 is for grants to metropolitan counties under Minnesota Statutes, section 473.8441.
new text end

Sec. 5. new text beginREPEALER.
new text end

new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 473.844, subdivision 4, new text end new text begin is repealed.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2020.
new text end

APPENDIX

Repealed Minnesota Statutes: 20-6193

473.844 METROPOLITAN LANDFILL ABATEMENT FUND.

Subd. 4.

Resource recovery grants and loans.

The grant and loan program under this subdivision is administered by the commissioner. Grants and loans may be made to any person for resource recovery projects. The grants and loans may include the cost of planning, acquisition of land and equipment, and capital improvements. Grants and loans for planning may not exceed 50 percent of the planning costs. Grants and loans for acquisition of land and equipment and for capital improvements may not exceed 50 percent of the cost of the project. Grants and loans may be made for public education on the need for the resource recovery projects. A grant or loan for land, equipment, or capital improvements may not be made until the director has determined the total estimated capital cost of the project and ascertained that full financing of the project is assured. Grants and loans made to cities, counties, or solid waste management districts must be for projects that are in conformance with approved master plans. A grant or loan to a city or town must be reviewed and approved by the county for conformance with the county master plan. The commissioner shall require, where practical, cooperative purchase between cities, counties, and districts of capital equipment.