The omnibus health and human services conference committee has adopted a series of noncontroversial policy proposals, but conferees have yet to reach agreements on funding as they prepare for a special session.
On Friday, in their last scheduled meeting, conferees on HF2128*/SF2360, sponsored by Rep. Tina Liebling (DFL-Rochester) and Sen. Michelle Benson (R-Ham Lake), adopted over 60 policy proposals. Most had been included in both the House and Senate versions of the bill.
While acknowledging that "we've got a lot of hard work ahead of us," Liebling said conferees have done a "tremendous amount of the people's work," despite the lack of budget targets.
The House version of the bill would increase General Fund spending by $348 million during the 2022-23 biennium for a total budget of $16.7 billion. The Senate bill would spend $16.25 billion next biennium.
Among the provisions adopted Friday were ones that would remove race from information collected from marriage licenses and establish a new home-visiting program for pregnant women and families.
Other provisions would:
Another set of approved provisions would modify the state's medical cannabis program, allowing manufacturers to acquire hemp productions, modifying pharmacist consultation requirements and allowing distribution to people in cars.