The 2020 legislative session kicks off Feb. 11 and is expected to last until late May. The primary task before legislators is consideration of policy-related legislation and bonding, the process by which cities, counties, universities, and other entities fund capital-intensive construction projects. Several health care-related issues are likely to come before legislators, including insulin access, tobacco and e-cigarettes, recreational cannabis, and many others.
Increasing immunization rates and fighting firearm injury and death are the two main priorities for the MNAAP during the 2020 legislative session. The MNAAP has long advocated for reforming Minnesota’s weak immunization requirements, and we will work to repeal the personal belief exemption (PBE) to allow exemptions only for medical contraindication. The chapter will also continue to advocate for common-sense measures to prevent firearm violence, including expanded background checks and mechanisms to remove firearms from the homes of those who might be a danger to themselves or others. While immunizations and firearm violence are the chapter’s two chief legislative priorities, the MNAAP will be engaged in dozens of other issues.
Mark your calendars for Pediatricians’ Day at the Capitol, set for March 23. Join your colleagues for this day of advocacy on behalf of Minnesota’s youngest residents, as well as fellowship with colleagues from across the state. More information is available here.
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