Activity at the Capitol has picked up now that we are through the second week of session. Legislators have begun debating bills on both the House and Senate floor (Federal Tax Conformity and Health Insurance Premium Relief) and Committee hearings have focused on providing education to new members on broad topics.
ARRM’s Legislative Team continues to push forward ARRM’s legislative agenda. Chief Authors for both the Best Life Alliance legislation as well as the DWRS Coalition legislation are in the process of being confirmed and ARRM staff is scheduling meetings with stakeholders and legislators to present our policy bill and ICF Therapeutic Leave Day bill. Both of those bills have been drafted and we anticipate having them introduced in both the House and Senate within the next couple weeks.
The broader disability community also saw a busy week at the Capitol. The Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (MN-CCD) held a press conference on Tuesday, outlining their organization’s top three policy priorities for 2017. Those priorities include:
- Changing the Medical Assistance spenddown amount
- Reforming CDCS
- Increasing Housing Assistance
The House and Senate will be closed on Monday, January 16th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day with committee meetings scheduled to begin Tuesday morning.
Please contact me with any questions.