Senate panel puts Ehlinger hearing on hold

Senate Republicans have postponed a confirmation hearing for Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger.

The abrupt change in plans came after a private meeting this morning between Gov. Mark Dayton and the chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, Sen. David Hann, R-Eden Priaire.

Dayton then released a statement thanking Hann.

“I am deeply grateful to Senator Hann for his very gracious willingness to postpone Commissioner Ehlinger’s confirmation hearing,” Dayton said. “It is a responsible and commendable resolution, for which he deserves full credit.”

Earlier this year, Senate Republicans ousted Ellen Anderson, who was Dayton’s pick to chair the Public Utilities Commission. At the time, GOP leaders said they had two other Dayton appointees, Ehlinger and PCA Commissioner Paul Aasen, on their watch list.

It’s unclear if the Senate now plans to take up any confirmations before the anticipated adjournment of the session on Monday.

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