Several legislators said this was news to them this morning. A news release, bearing the names of House Republican leader David Lust and House Democratic leader Bernie Hunhoff, was distributed by the Democratic Senate office staff person that announced the following: Legislative Leaders form Bipartisan Medicaid Expansion Exploratory Committee.
The statement lists the following members of the panel:
Senate Republicans — Russ Olson, Jean Hunhoff, Craig Tieszen, Ryan Maher, Stan Adelstein, Mark Johnston and Shantel Krebs;
Senate Democrats — Jason Frerichs and Billie Sutton;
House Republicans — David Lust, Brian Gosch, Scott Munsterman, Scott Ecklund and Christine Erickson; and
House Democrats –Bernie Hunhoff, Julie Bartling, Spence Hawley, Susan Wismer and Scott Parsley.
They are calling for a joint meeting of the House and Senate health and human services committees.
As an interesting aside, the 19 include three first-year legislators, all from the House, in Ecklund, Erickson and Parsley.