Minnesota Senate


Bill Summaries

2015-2016 Biennium, Eighty-Ninth Legislature

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Regular Session, Senate Files
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S.F. 1   Disaster Assistance (As Amended by the Author's A-3 Amendment)
S.F. 4   Recommendations of Governor's Task Force on the Protection of Children (Delete-Everything Amendment SCS0004A-4)
S.F. 5   Workforce Development - the Second Engrossment
S.F. 16   Single estate tax rate and exclusion amount
S.F. 18   Special Technology Revenue Creation and Levy Authorization
S.F. 20   School Endowment Fund School Technology and Telecommunications Reserve Dedication
S.F. 38   Extending research & development credit to sole proprietors and requiring DEED certification (as proposed to be amended by the A-1)
S.F. 39   The Minnesota ABLE Act - first engrossment
S.F. 45   School District Operating Capital Revenue Increase and Revenue for Technology Reserve
S.F. 46   Expanding Mail Balloting Authorization (Committee Engrossment)
S.F. 47   Uniform Faithful Presidential Electors Act
S.F. 51   TANF Appropriation Clarification for the Working Family Credit
S.F. 52   Destination Medical Center aid financing clarification
S.F. 75   Capital Projects Referendum Equalization (as introduced)
S.F. 76   Long-term Facilities Maintenance Revenue (as modified by author's A-1 amendment)
S.F. 78   Education Telecommunications Access Equity and Appropriations
S.F. 80   Including Counties in Municipal Consent Process for Trunk Highway Projects
S.F. 86   Automated License Plate Readers - First Engrossment
S.F. 88   Four-Day School Week Authorization (A-1 Amendment)
S.F. 100   Right to Try Act (with the A-2 amendment)
S.F. 107   Designated Caregiver - First Engrossment
S.F. 110   Extension for Hennepin County to File a Certificate of Approval
S.F. 111   Providing for Registration of Towed Recreational Vehicles on a Three-Year Cycle
S.F. 114   Duluth Food and Beverage and Lodging Tax Modification (as proposed by the A-2 amendment)
S.F. 131   Veterans Homes Cost of Care Calculations Modifications - As Proposed to be Amended by the A-2 Amendment
S.F. 137   Modifying the Family Assets for Independence
S.F. 138   MNvest (as proposed to be amended by the SCS0138A-3 delete everything amendment)
S.F. 139   MNsure (Second Engrossment)
S.F. 141   Establishing a Grant Program to Fund Comprehensive Behavioral Health Diversion (First Engrossment)
S.F. 152   Agritourism Liability Limitations
S.F. 157   Full Funding for K-12 Pupil Transportation
S.F. 160   Providing for a vendor sales tax remittance allowance; various other provisions
S.F. 174   Deficiency Appropriations; State Agencies and Compensation - the Conference Committee Report
S.F. 175   Regional Emergency Medical Services Program Grants Procedures and Administration Modification
S.F. 188   Web Site or Self-Service Device Lottery Ticket Sale Suspension Authorization - Second Engrossment
S.F. 190   Sales Tax Exemption for Precious Metal Bullion (as proposed by the A-1 amendment)
S.F. 205   Campaign Finance Modifications (Committee Engrossment)
S.F. 209   Modifying Manufactured Home Space Requirements
S.F. 222   Veteran-Owned Small Business Certification for State Procurement Modification - the First Engrossment
S.F. 227   Collection Agencies
S.F. 229   Lawful Gambling - Third Engrossment
S.F. 246   Authorizing Mille Lacs County to Appoint the Auditor-Treasurer
S.F. 247   Alzheimer's Research Grants; Dementia Public Awareness Grants and Programs - First Engrossment
S.F. 262   Increasing the Number of Voters an Individual may Assist
S.F. 269   Tax Treatment of Gasoline Used as Substitute for Aviation Gasoline (Delete-Everything Amendment SCS0269A-1)
S.F. 273   Nursing Facility Payment Reform (as introduced)
S.F. 276   Noise Barrier Construction on Marked U.S. Highway 10 and Marked Interstate Highway 35W
S.F. 297   Modifying Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) Provisions
S.F. 305   Increasing second-tier rate of R & D credit and providing for limited refundability
S.F. 307   Prehospital Care Data Collection and Reporting Responsibilities Modifications
S.F. 316   Establishing the Healthy Eating, Here at Home Program
S.F. 324   Providing for a vendor sales tax remittance allowance
S.F. 336   State Employees Assaulted by Inmates and Patients Health Insurance Coverage - the First Engrossment
S.F. 337   Educational Data Directory Information – First Engrossment
S.F. 345   Purple Heart Designation on Driver’s License
S.F. 348   Legislative Surrogacy Commission Establishment - As Amended by the A-2 Amendment
S.F. 351   Extending the R & D credit to sole proprietors
S.F. 355   Restoration of the Right to Vote to Convicted Felons Upon Release From Incarceration (Committee Engrossment)
S.F. 356   Disabled Veterans Preference Points and Definition Modification
S.F. 362   Designating the Honor and Remember Flag as an Official Symbol - the First Engrossment
S.F. 379   Ambulance Service Requirements Provisions Modifications
S.F. 384   Forfeiture; Innocent Owners--First Engrossment
S.F. 385   Modifying Forfeiture Laws on how Proceeds from Forfeited Property may be used
S.F. 389   Establishing Sales Tax Exemption for Child Passenger Safety Restraint Car Seats
S.F. 397   Blue Alert System (Second Engrossment)
S.F. 405   Statutory Default Penalty Lowered
S.F. 410   Advance Care Planning Grant Program (First Engrossment)
S.F. 414   Early Voting Authorization (the Committee Engrossment)
S.F. 420   Rural Workforce System Coordinators
S.F. 421   Authority for All Cities to Assess Unpaid Garbage Collection Charges (First Engrossment)
S.F. 427   Veterans Trust Modifications; Big Island Veterans Camp Board of Governors Repeal
S.F. 455   Election Administration Bill (First Committee Engrossment)
S.F. 464   Miscellaneous Department of Public Safety Technical Corrections
S.F. 466   Peace Officer-Involved Deaths Investigation Policy Requirement
S.F. 474   Health Care Regulatory Review Task Force (Second Engrossment)
S.F. 482   Nuisance Protection for Agricultural Operations
S.F. 488   Carver, Scott and Le Sueur County Intermediate School District Creation
S.F. 489   Enhanced Debt Service Equalization for Districts in Unique Situations
S.F. 490   Debt Service Equalization Increase
S.F. 492   Establishing Redistricting Principles and a Redistricting Commission (The Committee Engrossment)
S.F. 499   DWI Forfeiture Exception for Offenders Participating in Ignition Interlock Programs
S.F. 501   Quality Measures and Payment Method Adjustments to Recognize Health Disparities
S.F. 504   Former and Current Military Members Expedited and Temporary Health Licensing Establishment
S.F. 505   Modifying the Maltreatment of Minors Act
S.F. 517   Biochemical Producer Payment Programs
S.F. 520   Snowmobile Registration Fees
S.F. 532   Sales Tax Exemption for Contractor Purchases of Construction Materials for Certain Local Government and Nonprofit Entities (as proposed by the A-2 amendment)
S.F. 539   Authorizing Removal Elections for School Board Members
S.F. 543   Medical Assistance (MA) Income Eligibility Limit
S.F. 546   Noise Barrier Construction on Marked Trunk Highway 100 in Edina
S.F. 548   Modifying the Homeless Youth Act
S.F. 562   DWI Law Modifications
S.F. 566   Medical Assistance (MA) Spenddown Procedures Modification
S.F. 570   Requiring the Disclosure of DWI Preliminary Screening Test Results
S.F. 597   Integrated Service-Learning
S.F. 604   General Education Disparity Aid
S.F. 610   DWI Implied Consent Proceedings; Necessity Defense
S.F. 618   Industrial Hemp
S.F. 632   Proof of Insurance in Electronic Format
S.F. 643   Health Care for Low-Income Uninsured Adults and Children
S.F. 660   Affidavits of Residency
S.F. 666   Business Organizations
S.F. 669   Aquatic Invasive Species Decal (Delete-Everything Amendment)
S.F. 673   Sustainable Forest Incentives Act; Early Withdrawal for Conservation Easement
S.F. 675   Appointment of County Offices
S.F. 694   Saint Paul Port Authority Modifications
S.F. 708   Soil and Water Conservation District Budget and Audits
S.F. 724   Local Optional Revenue Eligibility and Allowance
S.F. 737   Cosmetology Examiners Board Provisions Modifications - First Engrossment
S.F. 753   Authorizing Crow Wing County to Appoint the Auditor-Treasurer and Recorder
S.F. 771   Land Surveying Provisions Modifications
S.F. 777   Cigarette Excise Tax Annual Indexing Repeal (as proposed by the A-1 amendment)
S.F. 778   Municipal Street Improvement Districts
S.F. 782   Insurance Fraud Prevention (Committee Engrossment)
S.F. 802   Accountancy Examinations and Peer Reviews Standards Modifications and Rulemaking
S.F. 825   Health and Human Services Budget Establishment and Provisions Modifications
S.F. 886   Resolution Memorializing the Surface Transportation Board to Require an Environmental Impact Statement for a Rail Connector Track in Crystal
S.F. 896   Funding Soil and Water Conservation Districts
S.F. 933   Beginning Farmer Tax Credits
S.F. 949   Seed Law Exemptions
S.F. 990   Student Achievement Backpack
S.F. 1043   Savings Promotion Raffles
S.F. 1046   Modifying Requirements for Issuance of School Bus Driver’s License Endorsement
S.F. 1047   Modifying Provisions Relating to Third-Party Testing for School Bus Companies and Requirements for Road Test for School Bus Endorsement
S.F. 1060   Excluding Aerodynamic Device from Certain Vehicle Length Limits
S.F. 1073   DWI Law Modifications
S.F. 1074   Requiring Environmental Impact Statement before Construction of Rail Projects Connecting Track
S.F. 1099   Regulation of Chemicals of High Concern in Children’s Products
S.F. 1108   Requiring Proof of Insurance Prior to Registration of a Motor Vehicle or Motorcycle
S.F. 1151   Using Actual Residence for Redistricting Purposes
S.F. 1158   Funding Soil and Water Conservation Districts
S.F. 1172   Health and Human Services Budget Establishment and Provisions Modifications
S.F. 1193   Political Party Petition
S.F. 1228   Elections Emergency Planning Task Force
S.F. 1251   Limiting Railroad Condemnation Powers over Certain Hennepin County Property (SCS1251A-1 Amendment)
Regular Session, House Files
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Bill Number
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H.F. 6   Federal tax conformity; Destination Medical Center financing; first engrossment

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