Public Utilities Section 2020 Legislative Session Preview

Event Description

Deadline to Register:  January 13, 2020

Registration and lunch will begin at 12 Noon. The program will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Box lunch will be provided.  Special meal requests need to be received no later than Monday, January 13th.
Event Schedule:
12 Noon: Registration and box lunch
12:30-1:30 pm: CLE Program

Please join us for a 2020 legislative preview and energy policy discussion.  Senator David Osmek (R-33), Chair of the Senate Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy Committee and Joe Sullivan, Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Energy Resources at the MN Department of Commerce will each separately discuss what their priorities are for the 2020 legislative session. After their presentations, we will bring both speakers up together to answer questions and have a dialogue with members of the section.  This is a great opportunity for Public Utilities Section members to engage in direct dialogue with the officials most responsible for setting Minnesota energy policy.


Senator David Osmek was elected in 2013 and is serving his second term in the Minnesota Senate. Senator Osmek is the Chairman of the Minnesota Senate Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy Committee. Senator Osmek served as the Senate Minority Whip from 2014 to 2016. Prior to his election to the Minnesota Senate, Senator Osmek served more than eleven years as a Mound City Council member. Senator Osmek is a graduate of Saint Cloud State University and is a Project Manager for United Health Group where he is responsible for data processing and reporting for over 139,000 military servicemen, their dependents, and retirees. 

Joseph Sullivan is the Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Energy Resources at the Minnesota Department of Commerce. In this role, Joe leads the Division and supervises the Minnesota State Energy Office and the Energy Planning and Advocacy unit. 

Prior to coming to Commerce, Joe was the Manager of Legislative and External Affairs for the Center for Energy and Environment where he worked with policy makers, regulators, utilities, energy advocates, and other key stakeholders to advance energy efficiency and clean energy policy in Minnesota. Joe holds degrees from Marquette University and University of Wisconsin Law School.

CLE Credits:

1.0 Standard CLE Credit applied for | Event Code: 287425


Section Member:  $15.00
MSBA Member not in the section:  $20.00 (or see the offer below)
Non-MSBA Member:  $25.00
Law Student: Free

Join the Public Utilities Law Section and attend this CLE for FREE:  $16.00 (HALF off the regular dues price of $32.00)
MSBA members who are not members of the Public Utilities Law Section can join the section and attend this CLE for FREE (and get discounted future CLEs).  Call Tram Nguyen at 612-278-6316 to register under this option.

Remote Participation: 

Remote participation via webcast is available. Please indicate this option when registering. Instructions will be emailed to you the week day prior to the CLE. 

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Questions? Contact Tram Nguyen  | 612-278-6316

The MSBA is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all members can participate fully. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please notify Tram Nguyen via 612-278-6316 or email:  Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations.


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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Landmark Center
75 W Fifth St
Saint Paul, MN 55102