Legislative Committee

The MEHA Policy and Procedure manual directs the MEHA Legislative Committee to act as a liaison between the Association and the state legislature. In that role we work to keep our legislators aware of the Association, to keep our members informed about the legislative process, and to provide members with names and methods to contact their individual representative and senator.

This committee acts as a liaison between MEHA and the Minnesota State Legislature. Typical activities include: providing a resource for environmental health issues, tracking environmental health legislation, informing MEHA members about legislative proposals and bill status, and encouraging MEHA members to participate in the legislative process.

In the past, the committee has successfully mobilized members to react to bills, and this action created a new awareness of our Association within the state legislature. We encourage you as a MEHA member to contact your state representative and senator, inform them of your profession, and offer to connect them with experts in the field when they have questions. MEHA has prepared a Sample Letter that you may share with your legislators.

If you would like to join the MEHA Legislative Committee, please contact the committee chair.

Bills with environmental health relevance currently before the Minnesota Legislature as of 04/13/2016.

For a form letter to address your legislator sample-letter

How to Find Bills

You can find the lists of House and Senate bills introduced each day the Congress is in session from the MN State Legislature homepage.

On the left side of the homepage you can find pages for both the Minnesota House and Senate. Each bill that is introduced in one branch of the Congress has a companion bill introduced in the other branch.

Here are two ways to find bills:

  1. Search bills by date of introduction, author, topic, committee, or action on the MN State Legislature homepage

     2. Browse through all bills introduced on a day, scanning for key-words. Go to House Bill Introductions and Senate Bill Introductions for PDF or web listings of bills introduced by day.

To determine who your legislators are enter your address:

Bills in the Minnesota Legislature Related to Public Health

 
Topic House Senate Status
Exemption for certain farm wineries from food handler  licensing requirements; amending Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 28A.15, as amended. 2663 2452 Referred to the Committee on Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development
Creates an exemption in the definition of recreational camping area; amending Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 327.14, subdivision 8. Proposal adds this language to statute:  (8) a privately owned area used for camping no more than once a year and for no longer than seven consecutive days by members of a private club where the members pay annual dues to belong to the club. 2822 2529 3/10/16 HF: Introduced and referred to Health and Human Services Reform Committee SF: Introduced and referred to Health, Human Services and Housing
Local government ordinances  1724  
MDH Policy Clean up bill-eliminate temp/mobile decal. Remove three event limit and keep 10 days  3172  
A bill for an act relating to environment; reinstating Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Citizens' Board * 2384 Referred to the Committee on Environment and Energy
A bill for an act relating to retirement; making administrative changes to the... Public Employees Retirement Association 2807 2536 Referred to the Committee on State and Local Government
A bill for an act relating to natural resources; directing the Board of Water and Soil Resources to coordinate goals and strategies for the Minnesota River basin 3677 2563 Referred to the Committee on Environment and Energy
A bill for an act relating to liquor; clarifying off-sale license for microdistilleries 3302 2780 Referred to the Committee on Commerce
A bill for an act relating to agriculture; establishing a farm safety program 2840 2786 Referred to the Committee on Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development
A bill for an act relating to public safety; authorizing governmental units to sue to recover for the public safety response costs related to unlawful assemblies and public nuisances 2892 2863 Referred to the Committee on Judiciary
A bill for an act relating to public health; developing a pilot program for evidence-informed targeted home visiting programs * 3061 Referred to the Committee on Health, Human Services and Housing
A bill for an act relating to health; creating an exemption to the prohibition of minors using tanning equipment at a tanning facility for medical reasons 3521 3074 Referred to the Committee on Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development
A bill for an act relating to cosmetology; regulating eyelash extension services. 2389 2802 referred to the Committee on Health and Human Services Reform.
A bill for an act relating to agriculture; establishing Minnesota emerald ash borer suppression program. 2408 3174 referred to the Committee on Agriculture Policy.
A bill for an act relating to waters; requiring reporting of fish kills and development of protocol for state response. 2409 2444 referred to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance.
A bill for an act relating to liquor; clarifying the definition of alcoholic beverage to include powdered alcohol. 2425 2235 referred to the Committee on Commerce and Regulatory Reform.
A bill for an act relating to agriculture; allowing local governments to prohibit or regulate pesticide use. 2439 * referred to the Committee on Agriculture Policy
A bill for an act relating to liquor; authorizing an intoxicating liquor license for Minneapolis. 2442 2987 referred to the Committee on Commerce and Regulatory Reform.
A bill for an act relating to capital investment; appropriating money for wellhead protection. 2443 3143 referred to the Committee on Health and Human Services Finance.
A bill for an act relating to health; exempting certain funeral establishments from minimum requirements for preparation and embalming rooms. 2469 2387 referred to the Committee on Health and Human Services Reform.
A bill for an act relating to liquor; expanding packaging of malt liquor for off-sale by a brew pub or small brewer. 2482 * referred to the Committee on Commerce and Regulatory Reform.
A bill for an act relating to liquor; authorizing brewer taprooms to be issued a wine license 2487 * referred to the Committee on Commerce and Regulatory Reform
A bill for an act relating to solid waste; placing moratorium on authority of local units of government to organize solid waste collection. 2494 * referred to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance.
A bill for an act relating to local government; regulating zoning of temporary family health care dwelling. 2497 2555 referred to the Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care Policy.
A bill for an act relating to zoning; requiring residential day care facilities for children to be located in the residence of the provider 2498 * referred to the Committee on Health and Human Services Reform
A bill for an act relating to environment; eliminating rulemaking authority of Pollution Control Agency and Department of Natural Resources; providing for sunset or enactment of existing rules. 2589 * referred to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance
A bill for an act relating to environment; reinstating the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Citizens' Board 2593 * referred to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance.
A bill for an act relating to environment; establishing certified salt applicator program 2594 3298 referred to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance.
A bill for an act proposing amendments to the Minnesota Constitution, article XI; replacing legacy amendment with funding for deficient roads and bridges and for clean water 2598 * referred to the Committee on Legacy Funding Finance.
A bill for an act relating to environment; requiring state assistance prior to enforcing certain effluent standards in the city of Morris. 2616 2270 referred to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance.
A bill for an act relating to capital investment; appropriating money for remediation of the Freeway Landfill and construction of a lined landfill in Burnsville. 2626 2241 referred to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance.
A bill for an act relating to liquor; authorizing cities to issue on-sale intoxicating liquor licenses to municipal golf courses; authorizing the city of Janesville to issue a license for the Prairie Ridge Golf Club 2644 2663 referred to the Committee on Commerce and Regulatory Reform.
A bill for an act relating to capital investment; appropriating money for a new water treatment facility in the city of Breckenridge 2646 2438 referred to the Committee on Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance.
A bill for an act relating to capital investment; appropriating money for a new water treatment facility for the city of Morris 2647 2439 referred to the Committee on Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance.
A bill for an act relating to capital investment; appropriating money for water infrastructure in the city of Carlton and in the Carlton/Twin Lakes Regional Water District 2655 2240 referred to the Committee on Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance.
A bill for an act relating to water; requiring water level control permit for Big Lake in Grant County 2664 * referred to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance
The bill was read for the first time and referred to the Committee on Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance. 2675 * referred to the Committee on Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance.
A bill for an act relating to natural resources; appropriating money for fish virus surveillance. 2677 2671 referred to the Committee on Mining and Outdoor Recreation Policy.
A bill for an act relating to capital investment; appropriating money for a wastewater collection and treatment facility in Silver Creek Township 2679 2937 referred to the Committee on Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance.
A bill for an act relating to natural resources; appropriating money for floodway modeling. 2685 2321 referred to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance.
A bill for an act relating to health; repealing the Minnesota Radon Licensing Act; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2015 Supplement, section 144.4961. 2687 3464 referred to the Committee on Health and Human Services Reform.
A bill for an act relating to capital investment; appropriating money for environmental cleanup of the St. Louis River estuary and Duluth harbor 2699 2248 referred to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance.
A bill for an act relating to capital investment; appropriating money for sewer and water infrastructure for the city of Pease 2702 2322 referred to the Committee on Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance.
A bill for an act relating to environment; regulating chemicals of high concern in children's products 2717 * referred to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance.
A bill for an act relating to capital investment; appropriating money for flood hazard mitigation grants 2722 2481 referred to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance.
A bill for an act relating to metropolitan government; requiring that the metropolitan landfill contingency action trust account be managed to maximize long-term gain; 2723 2418 referred to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance.
A bill for an act relating to capital investment; appropriating money for wastewater collection and treatment facilities in Oronoco 2734 2367 referred to the Committee on Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance.
A bill for an act relating to liquor; authorizing the city of St. Paul to issue a liquor license for Indiafest held on the Capitol grounds 2748 2417 referred to the Committee on Commerce and Regulatory Reform.
A bill for an act relating to public health; protecting children from exposure to harmful chemicals in products; amending criteria for identification of priority chemicals; requiring disclosure by manufacturers of children's products that contain harmful chemicals; authorizing Pollution Control Agency to prohibit sales of children's products that contain harmful chemicals; providing waiver process; establishing fees; requiring a report; providing a criminal penalty 2761 * referred to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance.
A bill for an act relating to agriculture; extending the Minnesota Organic Advisory Task Force; requiring the commissioner of agriculture to consult the Minnesota Organic Advisory Task Force and provide recommendations to the legislature; requiring a report 2771 3201 referred to the Committee on Agriculture Policy
A bill for an act relating to energy; allocating emission credits resulting from implementation of federal carbon emissions reduction requirements to certain cities. 2817 2972 referred to the Committee on Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance.
A bill for an act relating to agriculture; appropriating money to plan and develop an indoor urban farm. 2818 2496 referred to the Committee on Agriculture Finance.
A bill for an act relating to capital investment; appropriating money for a water supply system for northeast Minnesota communities 2828 2966 referred to the Committee on Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance.
A bill for an act relating to solid waste; providing for management of metropolitan landfill contingency action trust account 2841 * referred to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance.
A bill for an act relating to environment; providing for labeling of certain nonwoven disposable products 2842 2525 referred to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance
A bill for an act relating to natural resources; providing for control of invasive species; modifying wild rice license requirements; providing for streamlined review of certain plans and regulations; modifying and providing civil penalties; requiring a report 2866 2793 referred to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance
A bill for an act relating to capital investment; appropriating money for clean water and drinking water infrastructure in the city of Mahnomen. 2883 2523 referred to the Committee on Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance.
A bill for an act relating to clean water; requiring a Mississippi River source water protection plan; appropriating money 2903 2797 referred to the Committee on Health and Human Services Reform.
A bill for an act relating to agriculture; appropriating money for organic agriculture transition grants 2906 3330 referred to the Committee on Agriculture Finance.
A bill for an act relating to liquor; authorizing a license for St. Cloud State University 2918 2425 referred to the Committee on Commerce and Regulatory Reform.
A bill for an act relating to environment; requiring legislative approval of certain water quality standards and rules; suspending certain water quality standards and rules 2951 2366 referred to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance.
A bill for an act relating to capital investment; appropriating money for a grant to the Detroit Lakes Public Utilities Commission for wastewater treatment system improvements 2966 2379 referred to the Committee on Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance.
A bill for an act relating to liquor; raising bond rates for small distillers 3012 2905 referred to the Committee on Commerce and Regulatory Reform.
A bill for an act relating to capital investment; appropriating money for a wastewater treatment facility in Gilbert 3115 2613 referred to the Committee on Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance.
A bill for an act relating to health; prohibiting the use of certain flame-retardant chemicals in certain products 3131 2330 referred to the Committee on Health and Human Services R
A bill for an act relating to health; amending provisions for the statewide trauma system, home care, hearing instrument dispensers, and food, beverage, and lodging establishments 3142 2475 referred to the Committee on Health and Human Services Reform
A bill for an act relating to liquor; authorizing certain holders of an on-sale license to provide catering service 3143 2978 referred to the Committee on Commerce and Regulatory Reform.
A bill for an act relating to capital investment; appropriating money for wastewater infrastructure improvements in East Grand Forks 3161 2800 referred to the Committee on Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance.
A bill for an act relating to taxation; sales and use; providing for parity in tax treatment of food sold through vending machines 3205 2538 referred to the Committee on Taxes.
A bill for an act relating to agriculture; appropriating money for integrated pest management 3299 2196 referred to the Committee on Agriculture Policy.
A bill for an act relating to liquor; clarifying off-sale license for microdistilleries 3302 2780 referred to the Committee on Commerce and Regulatory Reform.
A bill for an act relating to agriculture; establishing an urban agriculture development pilot program 3324 3310 referred to the Committee on Agriculture Policy.
A bill for an act relating to stadiums; providing for a Major League Soccer stadium in St. Paul; providing certain tax exemptions; authorizing issuance of a liquor license 3334 2960 referred to the Committee on Commerce and Regulatory Reform.
A bill for an act relating to human services; appropriating money for food shelf programs 3349 2344 referred to the Committee on Health and Human Services Finance.
A bill for an act relating to agriculture; appropriating money for the Deep Winter Greenhouse in Duluth 3358 3032 referred to the Committee on Agriculture Finance.
A bill for an act relating to health; creating an exemption to the prohibition of minors using tanning equipment at a tanning facility for medical reasons 3361 3071 referred to the Committee on Health and Human Services Reform.
A bill for an act relating to agriculture; establishing a good food access program to provide financial and technical assistance to increase access to affordable foods; requiring a report; appropriating money; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 17. 3363 2958 referred to the Committee on Agriculture Policy.
A bill for an act relating to stadiums; providing for a Major League Soccer stadium in St. Paul; authorizing issuance of a liquor license. 3379 3063 referred to the Committee on Commerce and Regulatory Reform.
A bill for an act relating to water; repealing certain groundwater appropriation permit requirements 3399 3114 referred to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance.
A bill for an act relating to climate change; creating a legislative Health and Climate Resiliency Commission to develop a strategic plan for the state; appropriating money. 3406 * referred to the Committee on Government Operations and Elections Policy.
A bill for an act relating to environment; providing incentive for certain wastewater treatment technology 3409 3272 referred to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance
A bill for an act relating to liquor; providing for temporary licenses 3424 * referred to the Committee on Commerce and Regulatory Reform.
A bill for an act relating to capital investment; appropriating money for improvements to the city of Sherburn water treatment plant and storage tower 3473 3234 referred to the Committee on Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance.
A bill for an act relating to capital investment; appropriating money for sewer connection to the Jackson wastewater treatment plant 3476 3235 The bill was read for the first time and referred to the Committee on Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance.
A bill for an act relating to wind energy; creating a process to address certain noise complaints; requiring rulemaking by the Pollution Control Agency with respect to noise from wind projects; requiring the Public Utilities Commission to open a docket on wind project siting 3480 * referred to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance.
A bill for an act relating to natural resources; providing for Klondike comprehensive water management project 3484 3193 referred to the Committee on Mining and Outdoor Recreation Policy
A bill for an act relating to environment; modifying Petroleum Tank Release Cleanup Act 3487 3135 referred to the Committee on Commerce and Regulatory Reform.
A bill for an act relating to capital investment; appropriating money for sewer and water extension to the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport 3488 3051 referred to the Committee on Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance.
A bill for an act relating to natural resources; providing for conditional water use permit and data collection for calcareous fens 3624 3226 referred to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance
A bill for an act relating to the Metropolitan Council; regulating sewer availability charges imposed on eating and drinking establishments that add or expand outdoor seating 3644 * referred to the Committee on Government Operations and Elections Policy
A bill for an act relating to health; clarifying ban of smoking in vehicles for work 3653 * referred to the Committee on Health and Human Services Reform.
A bill for an act relating to water policy; requiring the governor to appoint a water policy manager; establishing water policy manager qualifications and duties 3661 3297 referred to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance.
A bill for an act relating to human services; appropriating money for a food shelf 3670 3273 referred to the Committee on Health and Human Services Reform.
A bill for an act relating to environment; modifying dry cleaner response and reimbursement account provisions; modifying prior appropriation; requiring rulemaking 3685 3317 referred to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance.
A bill for an act relating to environment; modifying dry cleaner response and reimbursement account provisions; modifying prior appropriation; requiring rulemaking 3686 3316 referred to the Committee on Government Operations and Elections Policy.
A bill for an act relating to Minnesota-produced grains; requiring a study. 3699 3340 Referred to the Committee on Commerce and Regulatory Reform.
A bill for an act relating to capital investment; providing for the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System 3717 3342 Referred to the Committee on Finance.
A bill for an act relating to capital investment; appropriating money for water infrastructure projects in Pine City * 3351 Referred to the Committee on Capital Investment
A bill for an act relating to environment; providing for expedited environmental review billing option 3737 3358 Referred to the Committee on Environment and Energy
A bill for an act relating to capital investment; appropriating money for Mankato to connect the Southview Heights area to the city sewer system 3764 3371 Referred to the Committee on Capital Investment
A bill for an act relating to environment; providing for sulfate effluent permit compliance 3726 3376 Referred to the Committee on Environment and Energy
A bill for an act relating to solid waste; placing moratorium on authority of local units of government to organize solid waste collection 3708 3377 Referred to the Committee on Environment and Energy
A bill for an act relating to agriculture; appropriating money for a grant for the farm-to-food shelf program 3722 3382 Referred to the Committee on Finance
A bill for an act relating to environment; appropriating money to assess state water infrastructure needs and funding sources 3739 3409 Referred to the Committee on Environment and Energy
A bill for an act relating to solid waste; placing moratorium on authority of local units of government to organize solid waste collection 3708 3377 referred to the Committee on Government Operations and Elections Policy.
A bill for an act relating to health; adding security screening systems to ionizing radiation-producing equipment 3710 3401 referred to the Committee on Health and Human Services Reform.
A bill for an act relating to environment; providing for certain demolition debris landfill permitting and rules. 3715 3425 referred to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance.
A bill for an act relating to taxation; sales and use; providing a sales tax exemption for a water treatment facility owned by the city of Elko New Market 3725 3365 referred to the Committee on Taxes
A bill for an act relating to agriculture; increasing bond amounts for certain grain buyers; modifying grain buyer requirements; requiring a report 3743 * referred to the Committee on Agriculture Policy.
A bill for an act relating to liquor; repealing prohibition on the granting of an intoxicating liquor license within the Lakeside and Lester Park neighborhoods in the city of Duluth, formerly the city of Lakeside; repealing Special Laws 1891, chapter 57, chapter XII, section 5. 3771 2454 referred to the Committee on Commerce and Regulatory Reform.
A bill for an act relating to state government; appropriating money for environment 3868 3484 Referred to the Committee on Finance
A bill for an act relating to environment; modifying implementation goals of the Clean Water Legacy Act * 3488 Referred to the Committee on Environment and Energy
A bill for an act relating to agriculture 3866 3491 Referred to the Committee on Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development