This is a summary only. To receive full legislative updates on a biweekly basis, you must be a member of MNAAP. The emails provide additional details about legislative issues that are not posted on our website and are for members only.
- Vaccines received some unexpected attention in late March, as a vaccine-skeptical legislator successfully amended immunization-related provisions into an unrelated bill. Many of the provisions are technical or non-controversial, though the amendment, authored by Sen. Jim Abeler (R – Anoka), does include a section establishing a “registry” of individuals with autism. The MNAAP will be watching this issue very closely in the weeks to come.
- Legislators returned to St. Paul on April 9 following a week-long break for Easter and Passover. Major pieces of the legislative puzzle remain to be completed, including a supplemental state budget, legislation to conform Minnesota’s tax code with the recently amended federal tax code, and a bonding bill. In the health care arena, it’s likely that the GOP’s push to pass work requirements for Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare will get significant attention in the coming weeks, as will efforts to reduce the harm of opioids.