Allowing Clean Cars Rulemaking | A54 (SF 959)

Senate voted No
| April 19, 2021
About this Legislation
Chief Author

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is tasked with monitoring pollution in Minnesota and keeping our air, land, and water clean and healthy. This year the Senate voted to prohibit the MPCA from adopting more stringent auto emission standards. This Amendment intended to reverse that and remove a section in the bill that prohibits the MPCA from adopting automobile emission standards similar to California standards.

Clean Cars Minnesota is an initiative to tackle climate pollution and decrease Minnesota’s emissions of greenhouse gases. These vehicle emissions standards will reduce transportation pollution from new cars and light-duty trucks and increase the number of pollution-free vehicles for sale. If enacted, Minnesota would join 14 states and the District of Columbia in adopting these standards. SF 959 seeks to eliminate the authority of the MPCA to establish these emissions rules. This amendment restores the ability to institute the Clean Cars Rulemaking process, allowing Minnesota to cut greenhouse gases.


The amendment failed, and language prohibiting the MPCA from implementing Clean Cars Minnesota rulemaking was included in the Senate Environment Omnibus bill. The bill now proceeds to conference committee to be combined with the House’s version of the Environment Omnibus bill.

What a no means

A "no" vote does not allow the MPCA to implement Clean Cars Minnesota Rulemaking.

What a yes would have meant

A "yes" vote allows the MPCA to implement Clean Cars Minnesota Rulemaking. If enacted, the MPCA’s would maintain their ability to regulate vehicle emissions to ensure the availability of low- and zero-emissions vehicles.

Vote Tallies

All Votes R. DFL Ind.
Yes = 30 0 30 0
No = 37 34 1 2
Abstain = 0 0 0 0
Absent = 0 0 0 0