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At The Table – Federal: March 1, 2021

Introduction from Bobby Patrick, VI, Vice President of Strategic Growth and Strategy Welcome to the first edition of At The Table: Federal! This monthly newsletter highlights the policy and advocacy work of the Medical Alley Association and provides a behind-the-scenes look at the events, issues, and decisions happening in our nation’s capital that impact our […]

At The Table – State: February 25, 2021

MAA Day at the Capitol  It’s already here – 2021 Virtual Medical Alley Day at the Capitol! Plans are nearly finalized for our day at the state Capitol, so be sure to register for this members-only opportunity by Monday, March 1!   While this year’s events will look a bit different, our team is looking forward to connecting […]

At The Table – State: January 28, 2021

Opening Weeks of Session  While 2021 began rather eventfully, there was some semblance of tradition and normalcy during the start of this new legislative term. New members were sworn in (albeit virtually), committees began meeting, and bills were introduced. January has been mostly an orientation month: opportunities for legislators to hear overview presentations from various departments across the state with little official business.   COVID-19 has […]

At The Table – 2021 Legislative Preview

2021 is not as fresh a start as most new years. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to permeate every aspect of life, but the legislative process must continue, and the Minnesota Legislature has taken measures to adjust. Voting, hearings, and general business will be conducted virtually, for the most part. While the House has gone fully virtual, the Senate has chosen a hybrid model with operational details […]

At The Table – 2020 Legislative Year In Review

Key 2020 Takeaways   Despite the truly historic disruptions that shaped the 2020 legislative session, the Medical Alley Association (MAA) worked diligently to connect the skills and expertise of our health technology and care industry with Minnesota’s policy makers.   Throughout the health and economic crisis, Medical Alley has continued to advocate for policies that support businesses. We have also helped […]

At The Table – December 18, 2020

Governor Walz’ Latest Executive Order  During a press conference on December 18, Governor Tim Walz updated COVID-19 restrictions through Executive Order 20-103. Key points include:   Elementary School Reopening  On January 18, 2020, all Minnesota elementary schools will be allowed to operate in-person classes, so long as they have the appropriate strategies and safety measures in place.  Social Gatherings and Fitness Centers  Starting […]

At The Table – December 16, 2020

At the Table – 7th Special Session  During the Minnesota legislature’s historic and final seventh special session of 2020, Governor Walz’s emergency powers were extended and a COVID-19 relief bill was passed. The bill was met with strong opposition from Republicans in both the House and Senate, protesting the lack of transparency in the process.  Yesterday marked the last time either legislative body will meet […]

At The Table – November 13, 2020

Minnesota’s Sixth Special Session  Minnesota lawmakers returned for their historic sixth special session yesterday, Thursday, November 12, which marks the most special sessions called in a calendar year. During session, the legislature voted to extend the peacetime emergency classification, allowing Governor Walz to maintain his emergency powers — the longest extension in Minnesota history — to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Lastly, but most surprisingly, David Tomassoni, a DFL Senator representing the Iron Range, was appointed by the GOP to serve as President of the Senate […]

At the Table – Special Edition: Election 2020

Friday, November 6, 2020 In what continues to be a historic election, Minnesota saw record voter turnout. More than 3 million of the 4 million eligible voters cast ballots, equating to 78% voter turnout, the highest seen since 2008. Although final Minnesota election results will not be called until November 11, party control at the state level is unlikely to change, again making Minnesota the only state […]

At the Table – Capital Investment Update

When the legislative year began, no one anticipated final agreement on the bonding bill coming in October, but that is what it took to deal with the waves of issues presented to policymakers this year. The final bill, passed October 15, included all three of the capital investment priorities the Medical Alley Association had supported: […]

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