ST. PAUL (LEARFIELD) – Top Democrats in the Minnesota House say Senate Republicans “jumped the gun” by holding hearings on the turmoil in the state Human Services Department when that agency’s new commissioner, Jodi Harpstead, had only been on the job one day.

“We are going to have hearings about the Department of Human Services,” said House Majority Leader Rep. Ryan Winkler (D-Golden Valley). “Senate Republicans jumped out early at a time when the new commissioner hadn’t even had a chance to learn what was going on, I don’t think those hearings were of any value.”

House Republicans want hearings during October’s “mini session” in Winona.

Winkler responds there are other important issues as well, such as the high cost of insulin and other prescription drugs.