Two important bills related to vaccines were introduced in recent days. One, a proposal authored by Sen. Chris Eaton (DFL – Brooklyn Center), would allow exemptions from immunizations required for school for medical contraindication only. In the House, Rep. Mike Freiberg (DFL – Golden Valley) submitted a bill to provide culturally appropriate education on the […]
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Legislation to prohibit the use of so-called “conversion therapy” has been introduced in recent weeks and is set for its first hearing on Feb. 13. The therapy would be prohibited for minors under a bill set to be heard in the House this week. MNAAP Past President Marilyn Peitso, MD, is scheduled to testify in […]
MNAAP President-elect Sheldon Berkowitz, MD, FAAP, appeared before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on January 24. Committee Chair Sen. Michelle Benson issued the invitation to provide an update for committee members on an emerging issue in child health: the impact of screen time. Dr. Berkowitz, a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota, […]
The 2019 legislative session kicked off at noon on January 8, 2019. Thanks to a very strong showing by the DFL in the suburbs in the fall 2018 elections, the DFL gained control of the House of Representatives. The DFL also maintained control of the governor’s office with former U.S. Rep. Tim Walz’s win, while […]
The 2018 legislative session stumbled across the finish line moments before midnight on Sunday, May 20, though much of the session’s work was voided when Gov. Dayton vetoed a supplemental budget bill and a proposal to align Minnesota’s tax code with federal law. The nearly 1,000-page funding bill was the result of countless hearings during […]