(Learfield News Service/St. Paul, MN) A vote is expected in the state Senate today (Monday) on a bill that beefs up the fight against Minnesota’s opioid crisis.
What makes the measure controversial is how additional programs are paid for: an annual licensing fee on opioid manufacturers and distributors.
The Senate is also to vote on a bill that would increase reckless or careless driving penalties for light rail operators in the Twin Cities. It’s prompted by a fatal crash that was the L-R-T driver’s fault.
There’s another House hearing on Democrats’ paid family leave bill.
And committees in the Republican-controlled Senate begin reviewing Governor Tim Walz’s proposal to make the MinnesotaCare health care program available to anyone regardless of income — a plan Republicans strongly oppose.