Last night the conference committee for HF2614/SF2337 began with a walk-though of the spreadsheet and some language comparisons.

Needless to say, there are not a lot of similarities between the two proposals.  But both the House and Senate are maintaining they will be finished with the conference committee by midnight on Sunday night.  It will be an interesting weekend!

Conferees for each side are as follows:
House: Rep. Tom Huntley (DFL-Duluth); Rep. Paul Thissen (DFL-Minneapolis); Rep. Karen Clark (DFL-Minneapolis); Rep. Larry Hosch (DFL-St. Joseph); Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul); Rep. Jim Abeler (R-Anoka)

Senate: Sen. Linda Berglin (DFL-Minneapolis); Sen. Tony Lourey (DFL-Kerrick); Sen. Yvonne Prettner Solon (DFL-Duluth); Sen. Kathy Sheran (DFL-Mankato); Sen. Ann Lynch (DFL-Rochester); Sen. Steve Dille (Dassel).

Traditionally conferees must have voted in favor of the bill to be eligible to be appointed to the  conference committee.  That may be the reason why Sen. Steve Dille, who was the only Senate Republican to vote for the bill but is not on the HHS committees, was appointed to the Senate conference committee.

The conference committee is currently meeting and again going through the language of both bills.

Aging Services will post updates throughout the day and weekend as the committee continues its work.