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SF 4181

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/10/2020 09:04am

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

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to environment; appropriating money for study to examine costs and
benefits of requiring environmental assessments of certain building materials used
in state buildings to be included in bids.

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

Section 1. new text beginAPPROPRIATION; CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS;
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STUDY.
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new text begin (a) $....... in fiscal year 2021 is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner
of commerce for completing the study required under this section.
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new text begin (b) The commissioner of commerce, in consultation with the commissioners of
administration and transportation, must contract with an independent consultant to examine
the feasibility, economic costs, and environmental benefits of requiring a bid that proposes
to use or construct one or more eligible materials in the construction or major renovation
of a new state building or state-funded highway, bridge, or related infrastructure to include
a type III environmental product declaration for each of those materials, which information
must be taken into consideration in making a contract award. In conducting the study, the
consultant must examine and evaluate similar programs adopted in other states.
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new text begin (c) By February 1, 2021, the commissioner of commerce must submit the findings and
recommendations of the study to the chairs and ranking minority members of the senate
and house of representatives committees with primary jurisdiction over environmental
policy.
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new text begin (d) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the meanings given:
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new text begin (1) "eligible materials" means any of the following materials that function as part of a
structural system or structural assembly:
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new text begin (i) concrete, including structural cast in place, shortcrete, and precast;
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new text begin (ii) unit masonry;
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new text begin (iii) metal of any type; and
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new text begin (iv) wood of any type, including but not limited to wood composites and wood-laminated
products;
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new text begin (2) "state building" means a building owned by the state of Minnesota;
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new text begin (3) "structural" means a building material or component that supports gravity loads of
building floors, roofs, or both, and is the primary lateral system resisting wind and earthquake
loads, including but not limited to shear walls, braced or moment frames, foundations,
below-grade walls, and floors; and
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new text begin (4) "type III environmental product declaration" means a document verified and registered
by a third party that contains a life-cycle assessment of the environmental impacts, including
the use of water, land, and energy resources in the manufacturing process, of a specific
product constructed or manufactured by a specific firm and that meets the applicable
standards developed and maintained for such assessments by the International Standards
Organization (ISO).
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