Legislators will consider this week whether the Minnesota Department of Health should have unlimited time to store newborn blood samples.

A bill before the House Civil Law Committee on Tuesday would allow the department to save blood samples and test results indefinitely.

The program tests newborns for 55 rare conditions that could be harmful if not treated early in life.

Under the bill, parents could refuse their consent.

In January, the Minnesota Department of Health was forced to destroy 1.1 million newborn screening cards after losing a court fight.