The House passed a bill, as amended, Friday that would make technical changes and clarifications to a wide range of human services statutes by a 130-0 vote.
Policy provisions addressed in HF696/ SF359*, sponsored by Rep. Dave Baker (R-Willmar) and Sen. Paul Utke (R-Park Rapids), would include child and adult foster care background studies and planning and case management requirements for home and community-based waivers. The changes are intended to address workforce shortages and employee retention, Baker said.
The bill was amended to exclude additional language in the Senate bill regarding natural supports and volunteers. It now goes back to the Senate, where it was passed 63-0 May 11.
A list of the rights of people with disabilities and seniors receiving home and community services would be also modified to include:
Initial service planning for home and community-based services would be required to include a discussion about how technology could be used to meet a person’s desired goals and people in community residential settings would also be required have a choice of roommate.
Individualized home supports would also be added to the list of services available to people on the state’s home and community-based wavier programs.
Rep. Jack Considine Jr. (DFL-Mankato) said that although the bill contained some valuable policy provisions and was “a step in the right direction,” it fails to address the low wages of home health aides.
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.
A Ramsey County judge on Wednesday ruled that Gov. Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of legislative funding violated the state’s constitution.
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.
Day three of the 2017 special session saw lawmakers pass final omnibus bills to be sent to Gov. Mark Dayton, with weary House members wrapping up their work at 2:42 a.m. Friday following a week of long days — and nights — at the State Capitol.
Lawmakers on conference committees must sort through competing bills before finalizing a product to send to the governor.
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