Mechanical Insulators LMCT Information for Minnesota

Political Activism

Minnesota State Information

The Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT) is looking to aid in information available to elected officials, Insulators Union Locals and members, contractors and the general public in Minnesota.

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On this page, you will find information related to state specific legislation that deals with mechanical insulation and labor, Political Action Committee (PAC) guidelines and information for the state’s federally elected officials.

Minnesota's state capitol resides in St. Paul. Minnesota legislature consists of two chambers, the Senate and the House of Representatives. There are 67 Senators and 134 House members. The Senators serve one two year term and two four year terms within a decade. This is to allow for redistricting. House members serve two year terms. The requirements to run for either chamber are the same. You must be a resident of the state for one year prior to the general election and you must be a resident of the district for at least six months prior to the general election. There are no term limits in Minnesota. The
Minnesota legislature meets between January and the first Monday following the third Saturday in May, each year. Sessions do not exceed 120 legislative days. Republicans control both chambers.

For further information on the Minnesota State Legislature or to find your state elected officials, click here.

Bill Information

The following bills are active in the current Legislative Session and pertain to the Mechanical Insulation industry.


MN H 2

2020

State Government

Status: Enacted - Act No. 7

‍Date of Last Action:* 05/30/2019 - Enacted

‍Author: Mahoney (DFL)

‍Topics: Energy Efficiency, Energy Security and Critical Infrastructure, Green Jobs, Renewable Energy.

‍Summary: Relates to state government, appropriates money for jobs, economic development, energy, and commerce, modifies economic development programs, establishes wage theft prevention, modifies labor and industry policy provisions, modifies commerce policy provisions, modifies energy policy provisions, adopts Unemployment Insurance Advisory Council provisions, adopts Workers' Compensation Advisory Council provisions, modifies fees, increases civil and criminal penalties, requires reports. This was in companion with bill MN S 2 a.

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MN S 425

2020

Sustainable Energy

Status: Pending - Senate Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy Committee

‍Date of Last Action:* 1/23/2019

‍Author: Marty (DFL)

‍Topics: Renewable Energy

‍Summary: Relates to energy, reestablishes a planning strategy for a sustainable energy future that ends Minnesota's contribution to greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels, develops a framework through a stakeholder process, reenacts repealed language. This is in companion with bill MN H 3938.

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MN H 1405

2020

Clean Energy First Act

Status: Pending - House Jobs and Economic Development Finance Division Committee

‍Date of Last Action:* 3/11/2020

‍Author: Stephenson (DFL)

Additional Authors: Lillie (DFL);Acomb (DFL);Long (DFL);Sandell (DFL)

‍Topics: Climate Change, Climate Change - Emissions Reduction, Energy Efficiency, Green Jobs, Renewable Energy, Utility Regulation

‍Summary: Relates to energy, establishes the Clean Energy First Act, requires utilities to meet resource needs using clean energy resources, authorizes certain cost recovery, establishes a pilot project, requires reports.

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MN H 1956

2020

Clean Energy First Act

Status: Pending - House Energy and Climate Finance & Policy Division Committee

‍Date of Last Action:* 3/4/2019

‍Author: Long (DFL)

Additional Authors: Bernardy (DFL);Sundin (DFL);Pryor (DFL);Bahner (DFL);Bierman (DFL);Elkins (DFL);Gomez (DFL);Huot (DFL)

‍Topics: Climate Change, Climate Change - Emissions Reduction, Energy Efficiency, Energy Security and Critical Infrastructure, Green Jobs, Renewable Energy, Utility Regulation

‍Summary: Relates to energy, establishes the Clean Energy First Act, requires electric utilities to meet resource needs using clean energy resources, modifies the definition of biomass as an eligible energy technology, increases the proportion of energy that electricity-generating utilities must supply from renewable sources and setting target dates by which those goals must be achieved, updates the states energy savings policy goal and establishing the Conservation Improvement Program Modernization Act.

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MN H 2204

2020

State Government

Status: Pending - House Government Operations Committee

‍Date of Last Action:* 3/7/2019

‍Author: Hornstein (DFL)

Additional Authors: Hornstein (DFL);Ecklund (DFL)

‍Topics: Climate Change, Climate Change - Emissions Reduction

‍Summary: Relates to state government, requires the commissioner of administration to adopt a maximum acceptable global warming potential standard for certain projects, requires documentation from certain successful bidders related to the standard, requires legislative reports.

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MN S 2277

2020

State Board of Investment

Status: Pending - Senate State Government Finance and Policy and Elections Committee

‍Date of Last Action:* 3/8/2019

‍Author: Pappas (DFL)

‍Topics: Fossil Energy

‍Summary: Relates to the State Board of Investment, requires divestment from certain investments relating to fossil fuels, requires a report.

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MN S 2431

2020

Clean Energy First Act

Status: Pending - Senate Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy Committee

‍Date of Last Action:* 3/12/2019

‍Author: Frentz (DFL)

‍Topics: Climate Change, Climate Change - Emissions Reduction, Energy Efficiency, Green Jobs, Renewable Energy, Utility Regulation

‍Summary: Relates to energy, establishes the Clean Energy First Act, requires electric utilities to meet resource needs using clean energy resources, modifies the definition of biomass as an eligible energy technology, increases the proportion of energy that electricity-generating utilities must supply from renewable sources and setting target dates by which those goals must be achieved, updates the state's energy savings policy goal and establishing the Conservation Improvement Program Modernization Act of 2019.

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MN H 2836

2020

Climate Change

Status: Pending - House Ways and Means Committee

‍Date of Last Action:* 4/11/2019

‍Author: Hornstein (DFL)

Additional Authors: Brand (DFL);Xiong J (DFL);Xiong (DFL);Noor (DFL);Long (DFL);Lippert (DFL);Howard (DFL);Her (DFL);Hassan (DFL);Gomez (DFL);Christensen S (DFL);Hausman (DFL);Bahner (DFL);Kunesh-Podein (DFL);Freiberg (DFL);Fischer (DFL);Dehn (DFL);Moran (DFL);Liebling (DFL);Hornstein (DFL);Davnie (DFL);Mariani (DFL)

‍Topics: Climate Change, Fossil Energy, Green Jobs, Renewable Energy

‍Summary: Relates to climate change, establishes a Green New Deal, requires reports.This is in companion with bill MN S 3143. This is in companion with bill MN S 3143.

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MN H 3076

2020

Goal for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions

Status: Pending - House Energy and Climate Finance & Policy Division Committee

‍Date of Last Action:* 2/11/2020

‍Author: Freiberg (DFL)

Additional Authors: Freiberg (DFL);Long (DFL)

‍Topics: Climate Change, Climate Change - Emissions Reduction

‍Summary: Relates to energy, establishes a goal for greenhouse gas emissions reductions for state government. This is in companion with bill MN S 3108.

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MN S 3108

2020

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Goals

Status: Pending - Senate Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy Committee

‍Date of Last Action:* 2/13/2020

‍Author: Marty (DFL)

‍Topics: Climate Change, Climate Change - Emissions Reduction

‍Summary: Relates to energy, establishes a goal for greenhouse gas emissions reductions for state government. This is in companion with bill MN H 3076.

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MN H 4502

2020

Energy Conservation and Optimization Act of 2020

Status: Pending - House Energy and Climate Finance & Policy Division Committee

‍Date of Last Action:* 3/16/2020

‍Author: Stephenson (DFL)

Additional Authors: Ecklund (DFL);Stephenson (DFL)

‍Topics: Energy Efficiency

‍Summary: Relates to energy, establishes the Energy Conservation and Optimization Act of 2020. This is in companion with bill MN S 4409.

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MN HF 491

2021

Journeyworker Insulator Licensing

Status: Pending - Labor, Industry, Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy Committee

‍Date of Last Action:* 1/28/2021

‍Author: Erin Koegele (D)

‍Topics: Mechanical Insulation; Mechanical Insulators; Professional Licensing

‍Summary: This bill creates a Master Insulator license. It would require 8000 hours of experience and passage of an exam. It also allows for unlicensed registered insulators. This would ensure that Mechanical Insulation is installed safely and properly reducing the risk of dangerous molds and maximize energy efficiency.

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MN SF 543

2021

‍State Building Energy Conservation Revolving Loan Fund

Status: Pending - Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy Committee

‍Date of Last Action:* 2/22/2021

‍Author: Nick Frentz (D)

‍Topics: Energy Efficiency, Financing Energy Efficiency and Mechanical Insulation

‍Summary: This is act would establish the State Building Energy Conservation Revolving Loan Fund. It would create a $15 million revolving loan fund from which state agencies may borrow in order to finance energy conservation in state owned buildings. There are nearly 1,000 state owned buildings and facilities in Minnesota.

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MN HF 70

2021

State Building Energy Conservation Improvement Revolving Loan

Status: Pending - Climate and Energy Finance and Policy Committee

‍Date of Last Action:* 3/4/2021

‍Author: Mike Freiberg (D), Liz Reyer (D) and Todd Lippert (D)

‍Topics: Energy Efficiency, Financing Energy Efficiency and Mechanical Insulation

‍Summary: This is act would establish the State Building Energy Conservation Revolving Loan Fund. It would create a $15 million revolving loan fund from which state agencies may borrow in order to finance energy conservation in state owned buildings. There are nearly 1,000 state owned buildings and facilities in Minnesota.

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MN SF 634

2021

Outside Contractors Apprenticeship Level Training to Perform Work at High-Hazard Facilities

Status: Pending - Labor and Industry Policy Committee

‍Date of Last Action:* 2/11/2021

‍Author: Karla Bigham (D)

‍Topics: Registered Apprenticeship

‍Summary: This bill is known as Safe and Skilled Workforce bill and also referred to as the Refineries Bill or the High Hazard Facility bill. This legislation would require the owner/operator of a high hazard facility, when contracting with contractors for the performance of construction, alteration, demolition, installation, repair, maintenance work, and any subcontractors of any tier, participate in a registered apprentice program in the applicable trade when performing all on-site work at a facility.

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MN HF 984

2021

Outside Contractors Apprenticeship Level Training to Perform Work at High-Hazard Facilities

Status: Pending - Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Committee

‍Date of Last Action:* 3/15/2021

‍Author: Dave Lislegard (D)

‍Topics: Registered Apprenticeship

‍Summary: This bill is known as the Safe and Skilled Workforce bill and also referred to as the Refineries bill or the High Hazard Facility bill. This legislation would require the owner/operator of a high hazard facility, when contracting with contractors for the performance of construction, alteration, demolition, installation, repair, maintenance work, and any subcontractors of any tier, participate in a registered apprentice program in the applicable trade when performing all on-site work at a facility.

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MN SF 1025

2021

Building and construction contracts requirements modification and clarification

Status: Pending - Civil Law and Data Practices Policy Committee

‍Date of Last Action:* 3/11/2020

‍Author: Andrew Mathews (D)

‍Topics: Building and Construction Contracts; Finance

‍Summary: This is the Equitable Risk Transfer bill, which is also known as the Duty to Defend bill. The legislation adds the word “defends” to the definition of “indemnification agreement”, closing the loophole that allows a negligent party to make someone else pay/insure their legal fees.

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MN HF 803

2021

Building and construction contracts requirements modification and clarification

Status: Pending - First Reading Labor, Industry, Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy Committee

‍Date of Last Action:* 3/15/2020

‍Author: Mike Sundin (D)

‍Topics: Building and Construction Contracts; Finance

‍Summary: This is the Equitable Risk Transfer bill, which is also known as the Duty to Defend bill. The legislation adds the word “defends” to the definition of “indemnification agreement”, closing the loophole that allows a negligent party to make someone else pay/insure their legal fees.

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Federal Elected Officials

House Representatives & Senators


House of Representatives

1st District:

(Since 2019)

Jim Hagedorn (R)

2nd District:

(Since 2019)

Angie Craig (D)

3rd District:

(Since 2019)

Dean Phillips (D)

4th District:

(Since 2001)

Betty McCollum (D)

5th District:

(Since 2019)

Ilhan Omar (D)

6th District:

(Since 2015)

Tom Emmer (R)

7th District:

(Since 2021)

Michelle Fischbach (R)

8th District:

(Since 2019)

Pete Stauber (R)

9th District:

(Since 2019)

Greg Stanton (D)

Senators

Amy Klobuchar (D)

(Since 2007)

Tina Smith (D)

(Since 2018)

PAC Guidelines

Political Action Committee Campaign Finance Compliance Guidelines for Minnesota. Please contact the LMCT with specific fund and contribution limit questions.


Political Action Committee Campaign Finance Compliance Guidelines for Minnesota

Resident Agent Requirement? No.

Local Bank Requirement? No. 

What type of funds are allowed? Voluntary. 

Registration and reporting requirements for Federal and Out-of-State PACs:

  • Out-of-state PACs are considered “unregistered associations” and have the same options as federal PACs outlined below.
  • Federal and out-of-state PACs have two options:
    1. Register with the state and report contributions to the Campaign
    Finance and Public Disclosure Board; or
    2. If making no more than three contributions of $200+, providing the
    recipient with a detailed disclosure covering at least 30 days prior to
    the contribution.

Recipient

Regular PAC

Statewide Official: n/a

Legislative Official: n/a

Local Candidate: Candidate representing fewer than 100,000 constituents: $600 in electionyear, $250 in other years. Candidate representing 100,000 constituents or more: $1,000 in election year,$250 in other years.

PAC: n/a

Political Party: n/a