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2019 Legislative Champions

June 13, 2019

MNAAP members are committed to protecting and advancing the health of every child and adolescent in Minnesota through advocacy, education and special projects.

The 2019 legislative session has been an active one, with opportunities for MNAAP to be represented in different formats. Many thanks to members who have stepped up to testify in legislative committee hearings, written letters to editors on priority issues, and dedicated their efforts to the health and wellbeing of Minnesota’s children.


Dr. Sheldon Berkowitz in support of immunization education bill (HF 1182)

Dr. Mike Severson in support of Paid Family Medical Leave

Dr. Marilyn Peitso in support of banning conversion therapy (HF 12)

Dr. Nate Chomilo to reduce disparities in prenatal care (HF 909)

Dr. Andrew Kiragu in support of requiring criminal background checks for private firearm sales and transfers (HF 8) in addition to the “red flag” bill (HF 9)

Dr. Gigi Chawla to increase funding for Reach out and Read (HF 2111)

Dr. Sheldon Berkowitz on the effects of screen time in children (informational Senate hearing)

Dr. Lindsey Yock about the link between child hunger and health (informational House hearing)


Letters to the Editor

Dr. Sue Berry in support of the provider tax in the Star Tribune

Dr. Ann Sneiders on the importance of immunizations in Owatonna People’s Press

Dr. Nate Chomilo on the need for paid family medical leave in the Star Tribune and the Sun Post in support of the provider tax

Dr. Mike Severson on preserving the provider tax in MinnPost


Chapter letters of support or written testimony

Immunization education bill (HF 1182) to House HHS Finance Committee

Provider tax to House HHS Finance Committee Funding for mental health services to homeless youth (HF 1542) to Rep Ruth Richardson

Funding to expand Reach Out and Read (HF 2111) to House Early Childhood Finance and Policy Committee

Funding for a work group to examine links between health disparities and educational achievement (HF 2171) to House HHS Policy Committee

Funding for mental health training for pediatric residency (SF 1702)

Opposition to legalization of recreational marijuana to Senate Judiciary Committee


Chapter letters of support – Federal

Public health research on firearm morbidity and mortality prevention to Congress

President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS relief to U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum

(Updated 6/12/19)

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