A couple of bills AOC Energy, Environment, and Land Use (EELU) Steering Committee is advocating for were sidelined, one continues to wait, and a couple of agency budgets began to move.

BIOMASS

Senate Bill (SB) 634 states that energy from a biomass facility can be used to meet the state’s 1.5 percent investment in renewable energy requirement. The bill received a work session on Wednesday, May 31 but was unexpectedly moved to the House Committee on Rules. There were some concerns regarding the definition of biomass raised by the forestry industry. AOC will work with the coalition of supporters to draft new amendments that will hopefully meet every group’s needs.

SECURE MEDICINE TAKEBACK

House Bill 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.

HISTORIC HOMES IN RURAL RESIDENTIAL