Two quick updates from today:
Passed by the Taxes and Ways and Means committees today. Only committee left is Rules (coincidently chaired by the bill author) before a floor vote.
The conference committee hasn’t met yet to my knowledge, but there is some speculation that the Governor would veto the bill if the infamous Section 5 remains. It’s already been whacked away at, so I’m not sure what his worries would be. Such a drastic action would not match his rhetoric from last December. From a press release following the RES bill sigining:
“Minnesota’s electric utilities should prepare for the future by offsetting carbon emissions from new fossil-fuel generation sources,” Governor Pawlenty said. “As we look to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, we should not make the situation worse while we try to make it better.”