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Legislative Updates & Alerts

During the legislative session, MNAAP members receive bi-weekly legislative updates emailed to them from the chapter’s policy chair and lobbyist.

The 2019 session runs from Jan 8 to May 20.

January 15, 2019

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 GOP held on to its single-seat majority in the state Senate.  The session’s biggest undertaking – crafting a biennial budget – will begin in earnest in the coming weeks.

With input from MNAAP committees, board members and leadership, and a comprehensive survey of MNAAP members, the MNAAP has selected four legislative priorities for the 2019 session. The four priorities include:

  • reducing gun violence
  • strengthening immunization laws
  • opposing the scheduled sunset of Minnesota’s provider tax
  • and advocating for increased access to behavioral health care.

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.

May 28, 2018

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 the session. Dayton’s veto was not unexpected, as he made clear throughout the session that he would reject spending bills that included multiple subjects and policy provisions not affiliated with spending. The bill contained hundreds of smaller provisions, from opioid abuse and addiction to school-linked mental health funding to childhood trauma studies.

The MNAAP saw mixed results from the 2018 session. The chapter hosted a very successful Pediatrician’s Day at the Capitol, with more than 130 attendees making their case on behalf of child health. As is often the case in any given legislative session, the MNAAP spent significant time on issues that had not been anticipated to be a topic of action – specifically safe sleep requirements for licensed child care facilities. The MNAAP was also forced to unexpectedly defend against negative amendments related to the state’s vaccine laws. With the Legislature and governor unable to come to an agreement on the supplemental spending package or tax conformity, the 2018 session will be remembered primarily for inaction.

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.

May 7, 2018

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.

  • With few bills having been passed and major pieces yet to be sent to the Governor, legislators have spent long hours working to process bills related to taxes, some new spending, and a bonding proposal. The session is set to conclude no later than May 21. The end-of-session frenzy of legislating is often when negative amendments to larger bills are offered. The MNAAP will be closely monitoring action for possible threats to child health, including negative amendments related to vaccines, safe sleep, fireworks, and other issues. The Chapter continues to advocate for investments in pediatric mental health, early brain development, and health equity.
  • A number of bills to offer consumer protections related to pharmaceuticals continue to make steady progress. Bills to enhance a physician’s authority to override step therapy requirements recently cleared the Senate on a unanimous vote, as did a bill to bar health plans and PBMs from prohibiting pharmacists from sharing with patients that paying cash for a prescription may mean a lower price than using their insurance benefits.
April 23, 2018

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.

  • 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.
April 9, 2018

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.
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