Out of Order Vote on Amendment to Prohibit Clean Cars Rulemaking | A2 (SF 959)

House voted Yes
| April 22, 2021
About this Legislation
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The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is tasked with monitoring pollution in Minnesota and keeping our air, land, and water clean and healthy. This amendment would prohibit the MPCA from adopting stricter automobile emission standards through Clean Cars Minnesota Rulemaking.

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.

House rules require floor amendments to be related to the underlying bill—if not, the amendment can be ruled out of order. In this case, the Environment & Natural Resources Omnibus Bill did not including language related to vehicle emission standards, and this amendment was ruled out of order by the Speaker. Following House rules, an appeal was filed, and the body voted on whether to uphold the Speaker’s ruling.


The amendment was ruled out of order and language toward prohibiting the MPCA from implementing Clean Cars Minnesota rulemaking was not included in the House Environment Omnibus bill. The underlying bill now proceeds to Conference Committee to be combined with the Senate’s version of the Environment Omnibus bill.

What a yes means

A "yes" vote approves the decision of the Speaker, and the amendment is ruled out of order. The MPCA’s authority to adopt Clean Cars rules remains intact.

What a no would have meant

A "no" vote rejects the decision of the Speaker and consideration of the amendment continues, allowing a motion to prohibit the MPCA from adopting Clean Cars rules.

Vote Tallies

All Votes R. DFL Ind.
Yes = 69 0 69 0
No = 64 64 0 0
Abstain = 0 0 0 0
Absent = 1 0 1 0
Votes by Member Name