The House repassed the omnibus health and human services bill in a 76-56 vote Tuesday night.
Sponsored by Rep. Matt Dean (R-Dellwood) and Sen. Michelle Benson (R-Ham Lake), HF945/ SF800* would cut $482.44 million from projected state spending during the 2018-19 biennium, totaling about $14 billion.
“We can’t afford to have the health and human services budget grow at such a rate that it eclipses everything,” Dean said. “I reject that idea that we can’t do anything about the growth and spending.”
The bill also would transition Minnesotans from MNsure, the state-run insurance marketplace, to a federally facilitated marketplace.
Conferees agreed to the conference committee report late Monday, drawing criticism from DFL members, who said the process lacked public input and sufficient debate. The Senate voted 34-33 to repass the bill Tuesday night and it will now go to Gov. Mark Dayton for consideration.
“This bill hurts the very people who look to us for support,” said Rep. Tina Liebling (DFL-Rochester), who criticized the bill’s cost-savings measures as “tricks and gimmicks.”
Other DFLers called the bill “reprehensible,” “infuriating,” and “dangerous," stating that it weakened consumer protections and failed to adequately provide for personal care attendants, employees at the Minnesota Security Hospital, or children and families.
“We shouldn’t be this far apart as a body,” Rep. Laurie Halverson (DFL-Eagan) said. “We’re failing the people of Minnesota … and we are creating even more uncertainty.”
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Funding provisions remain the same as the report adopted May 1.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has ordered the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton to use mediation to resolve a funding dispute. In an opinion issued Friday, the court also ruled that Dayton’s use of the line-item veto to strip biennial funding for the Legislature was constitutional.
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House and Senate leadership OK a resolution to seek outside legal representation in an effort to restore funding for the Legislature that Gov. Mark Dayton line-item vetoed earlier this week.
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