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SF 2695

1st Engrossment - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 02/25/2010 11:35am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to health; modifying mandatory reporting requirements related to
pregnant women; amending Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 626.5561,
subdivision 1.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 626.5561, subdivision 1, is amended to
read:


Subdivision 1.

Reports required.

new text begin(a) new text end new text beginExcept as provided in paragraph (b), new text enda person
mandated to report under section 626.556, subdivision 3, shall immediately report to the
local welfare agency if the person knows or has reason to believe that a woman is pregnant
and has used a controlled substance for a nonmedical purpose during the pregnancy,
including, but not limited to, tetrahydrocannabinol, or has consumed alcoholic beverages
during the pregnancy in any way that is habitual or excessive.

new text begin (b) A health care professional or a social service professional who is mandated to
report under section 626.556, subdivision 3, is exempt from the report required under
paragraph (a) if the professional knows or has reason to believe the woman is seeking or
receiving prenatal care from a health care professional.
new text end

new text begin (c) new text endAny person may make a voluntary report if the person knows or has reason to
believe that a woman is pregnant and has used a controlled substance for a nonmedical
purpose during the pregnancy, including, but not limited to, tetrahydrocannabinol, or
has consumed alcoholic beverages during the pregnancy in any way that is habitual or
excessive. An oral report shall be made immediately by telephone or otherwise. An oral
report made by a person required to report shall be followed within 72 hours, exclusive
of weekends and holidays, by a report in writing to the local welfare agency. Any report
shall be of sufficient content to identify the pregnant woman, the nature and extent of the
use, if known, and the name and address of the reporter.

new text begin (d) For purposes of this section, "prenatal care" means the comprehensive package
of medical and psychosocial support provided throughout the pregnancy.
new text end