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:

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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