Political Insider: Action Soon on Health Insurance, Sunday Liquor Sales

January 06, 2017 09:41 PM

We've been hearing about health insurance premium relief for several months. After the first week of the legislative session it now appears it's on a fast track for approval within the next week or two.

However, there is a potential conflict over whether the roughly $300 million in premium relief should be subject to income limits. After three months, Republicans want the money to only go to insurance customers below certain income thresholds. Governor Dayton says that would be too cumbersome to set up and would delay the money getting to people who desperately need it.


Another piece of legislation that will soon make headlines involves legalization of Sunday liquor sales. Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt predicted at a Minnesota Chamber of Commerce dinner on Wednesday that the bill will pass through the House in January. The prospects in the Senate are less certain, but new Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said he's "willing to listen" to the idea even though he's been an opponent in the past.


Tom Hauser

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