HF 2634/SF 2554: would eliminate parents’ right to not vaccinate their children through the removal of the conscientious exemption. Medical exemption would be the only remaining exemption.
HF 59: National Health Surveillance System
Bill would expand access to the state’s all-payer claims database (ACPD) to outside states and entities. Hidden outside its simple language is the federal “No Surprises Act” (part of the 5,500-page omnibus spending bill passed by Congress in December), which will provide $2.5 million dollars per state to build a national network of state APCDs, a national database of detailed patient medical claims. The MN bill would also allow the names of “individuals, hospitals, clinics or other providers” to be published with the data, encouraging these practitioners to be tracked, targeted or unfairly judged.
CCHF’s Legislative and Policy Manager, Ashey Smothers, testified by Zoom to the House Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Committee in opposition to this bill. We met with Rep. Steve Elkins (D-Bloomington), the author of the bill, prior to the hearing to discuss our concerns. The Senate bill (SF 128) is authored by Sen. Rich Draheim (R-Madison Lake), whom we’ve not yet been able to reach
HF 604 and SF 739 – would make Governor Walz’ mask mandate into permanent law.
It would require you and me to wear a face covering anytime we are in a public building or business and it would fine us for noncompliance. Business owners who don’t comply – well, they face up to 90 days of jail time.
authored by Rep. Sydney Jordan (D-Mpls), bill would codify into law the Governor’s Face Mask Mandate. It would only be lifted at the direction of the CDC. Our organization has long stood against the Face Mask Mandate. Brase stated, “the face-mask mandate has hampered speech and impeded the free flow of air over people’s faces.” The Democrats also have a Senate bill (S.F. 739-Wiklund), but we don’t believe the GOP-led Senate will agree to hear the bill.
HF 874 – seeks to amend the Minnesota constitution to make quality PUBLIC school a right of a child.
This poses issues for school choice.
HF 397, introduced by Rep. Freiberg (DFL) – would allocate our tax dollars to fund PR efforts to increase vaccine uptake and vaccine coercion. When every mainstream media outlet and almost every doctor already encourages and pushes vaccines, this money is not wisely allocated or needed.
HF 397 – A bill for an act relating to health; appropriating money for contracts to provide COVID-19 messages, information, and community engagement services to diverse communities and populations in the state.
Youth sport mask mandate discussion Feb 10, 2021, Committee on Health and Human Services Finance and Policy: MN Department of Health: public testimony. Starts at about 1-hour mark.
March 12, 2021, CCHF Testifies for Mask-Freedom
Chairwoman Senator Michelle Benson (R-Ham Lake) held an informational hearing of the Minnesota Senate Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee on Governor Walz’s mask mandate for youth sports. Let Them Play MN has sued Governor Walz over the burden these mandates have on children in sports. CCHF’s president testified, providing data on the mask’s lask of effectiveness against COVID-19. Many parents and physicians testified against the mask, reporting collisions, injuries, and unconsciousness during games.