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Legislative Summary: 3/12/18

March 12, 2018

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  • Almost 150 pediatricians and pediatric residents descended upon St. Paul for the annual Pediatricians’ Day at the Capitol. Special guests at the advocacy event included Rep. Ilhan Omar (DFL – Minneapolis), a leading immunization advocate and the nation’s highest-ranking Somali-American legislator, as well as Sen. Matt Klein (DFL – Mendota Heights), an HCMC physician and health care leader. Attendees pressed legislators to strengthen Minnesota’s vaccine laws, invest in mental health education training for pediatric residents, and ensure parity of insurance coverage for the treatment of mental illness.
  • MNAAP President Andrew Kiragu, MD testified in support of a House proposal to close the “gun show loophole” to ensure background checks are conducted for all firearm sales. The bill, authored by Rep. Dave Pinto (DFL – St. Paul), was considered in the House Public Safety Committee. Regrettably, the bill was tabled for further consideration, likely meaning that the bill is unlikely to advance this session.
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