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Where Texas goes, Minnesota may follow

Posted at 2:47 PM on February 2, 2007 by Bob Collins (3 Comments)

As I'm sure you've realized by now, one of the reasons I started the MFL, is to follow bills (and legislators) that don't get a lot of publicity during the course of a session, or at least to get them out in the public before most mainstream media latches on to them. I notice KARE 11 did a story last night that there's a bill in the Legislature to make ticket scalping legal. Had it right here last Friday night.

Today, the AP wire is blazing with an urgent that Texas Governor Rick Perry has signed an executive order that will require all schoolgirls to be vaccinated against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer. Girls will have to get Merck's new vaccine Gardasil, which protects against strains of H-P-V that are responsible for most cases of cervical cancer. Texas becomes the first state to require the shots.

Merck, according to the AP, is paying for efforts to pass laws in several states that would require the vaccine for girls as young as eleven or 12.

Minnesota has two bills in the hopper at the Capitol this year to accomplish that. The House bill is HF530, and it's sponsored by Reps. Ruud, Kahn, E. Murphy.
SF243, from Sen. Yvonne Prettner Solon, accomplishes the same thing in the Senate.

They've floated below the radar because no action has been taken on them yet.

Comments (3)

Is it just me, or does this sound more like a windfall to a pharmaceutical company more than a solution to a health crisis? Seems like Merck has managed to guarantee the sale of a couple hundred thousand shots a year for the duration of their patent. Not that I'm against the vaccination, but that it seems like a strange area for the state to suddenly stick its nose.

Posted by bsimon | February 2, 2007 3:03 PM

A close relative of mine today was in a rush to get her kids a flu vaccine due to the tragic death of another child who had died from the flu in Minnesota that was widely reported in the press.
Is it an over-reaction? I believe so, but then again it's not my child. In the big picture I would like to see a bigger sense of urgency to provide a solid program to provide ALL kids in Minnesota with comprehensive health care coverage.

Posted by mike simpkins | February 2, 2007 11:13 PM

Yikes! Look at 'dem Beavers! Quite a jump to the top this week...

The Redress didn't have time to consider transactions this week, but we feel good about our team for the next two weeks.

Posted by gml4 | February 2, 2007 11:18 PM