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.

BIOMASS

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.

SECURE MEDICINE TAKEBACK

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.

RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BILLS

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