There has not been a lot of movement on any bills that Energy, Environment, and Land Use (EELU) endorsed this week but a couple of agency budgets continued to move.


The -6 amendments of Senate Bill (SB) 634 were recently published and there seems to be general agreement that this version meets everyone’s need. Rumors are swirling that the bill could get a hearing in House Rules as early as next week. The bill states that energy from a biomass facility can be used to meet the state’s 1.5 percent investment in renewable energy requirement.


House Bill (HB) 2645A, the secure medicine take-back bill is still awaiting a hearing in a Ways and Means Subcommittee. AOC staff is working with other advocates to secure enough votes to convince leadership to get a hearing. A short phone call or letters from concerned judges and commissioners can go a long way. If you have an interest in helping, please reach out to AOC staff, Mark Nystrom.


Two bills aimed at rural economic development are rumored to be receiving heari