Legislative Update: 1/23/12


Legislature to Return on January 24

The second year of the biennium is set to begin next week, on Tuesday, January 24, when legislators return to St. Paul.  With the surprising news of an expected budget surplus, legislative action is expected to focus on a new Vikings stadium, possible constitutional amendments, bonding, and the majority’s “Reform 2.0” agenda.  With the redistricting process not yet completed and all 201 legislative seats on the ballot in November, many anticipate a short session with a modest agenda.

MN-AAP Sets Legislative Priorities

After extensive discussion, the MN-AAP has selected its key issues for the 2012 Legislative Session.  As in years past, the chapter has chosen to focus on ensuring that all Minnesota infants, adolescents, and pregnant women receive comprehensive health coverage.  In addition, pediatricians and MN-AAP staff will be talking to legislators about the important of preventing bullying amongst youths, as well as working to improve opportunities for early childhood brain development.  Other issues, including obesity prevention, minor consent, and the Newborn Screening Program, remain key.

Annual Sponsors

Children's Minnesota
Gillette Children's
Hennepin Healthcare
University of Minnesota Health
Essentia Health
Mayo Clinic
Shriners Healthcare for Children-Twin Cities