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.