April 27, 2015 — The Minnesota Senate on Friday voted 32-29 to reject an amendment that would have imposed additional licensing fees and inspection requirements on abortion clinics, the AP/Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
The requirements were suggested as an amendment to a health budget bill (SB 1458). Specifically, the amendment would have required clinics that provide at least 10 abortions per month to subject to twice-yearly inspections and face $10,200 in licensing fees.
State Sen. Tony Lourey (D), who opposed the amendment, said clinics already face licensure rules and that the change would single out abortion clinics.
Meanwhile, state Sen. Michelle Benson (R) argued that abortion clinics should have to meet a higher standard (AP/Minneapolis Star Tribune, 4/24).