February 27, 2020
As the 2020 legislature hits the half-way mark, much of the work related to health care and social services is caught in a stalemate between the House and the Senate. After the House defeated legislation to put to a public vote a constitutional amendment giving the legislature the authority to legally ban abortions, Senate President Susan Wagle said the Senate would not consider Medicaid expansion until the constitutional amendment measure was passed by the House. To limit the opportunities for procedural work-arounds, she sent back to committee more than a dozen bills that could be used as vehicles for amending in expansion language. After several weeks, it appears the stalemate will continue into the second half of the session.
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