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Legislative Summary: 4/23/18

April 23, 2018

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  • The next phase of the 2018 legislative session began in earnest in recent weeks as legislators assembled and debated omnibus supplemental spending bills. Dozens of proposals are included in each of the omnibus bills, including provisions related to opioids, public health, health licensing boards, and many more. Of note for the MNAAP, included in one or both of the bills are policy changes and funding for prenatal health care access, CMV awareness, and tobacco cessation, as well as establishing task forces or working groups related to adverse childhood effects, pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections (PANDAS) and pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome (PANS), and rare diseases.
  • An effort intended to ease the regulatory burden on licensed child care facilities may put at risk the state’s safe sleep requirements.   Under the House version of the bill, child care facilities would be allowed to put infants to sleep using “sleep systems” if given permission by the parent or guardian. The MNAAP and its allies have been visiting with the bill’s author and advocates about language changes that would protect the state’s safe sleep requirements for infants consistent with AAP policy.
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