Healthcare issue will not be place before Kansas voters

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July 14, 2010

TOPEKA, Kansas: The health care issue is sweeping the nation, but it won't be an issue placed before Kansas voters in the fall. A proposed measure in the Kansas Legislature never made it on to the ballot as session concluded without the required number of votes to certify the measure. The proposal would have exempted residents of Kansas from potential national mandates passed by the United States Congress that required individuals to buy health care or force employers to provide it to their employees.

The Kansas House of Representatives approved of the measure in the preliminary round of voting on March 22, 2010. The House had to vote one more time to approve the measure to the Senate. At least 84 votes, two-thirds of the House, were needed to approve of the measure. The vote took place on March 23, 2010. The vote on the amendment was 75-47, therefore not gaining the required 84 votes to pass it to the Kansas State Senate. However, Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook, who sponsored the measure, planned to debate the issue and raise the measure up again in front of the Senate during the month of April 2010, therefore not yet leaving the measure off the ballot just yet. On April 28, 2010, the Senate voted 21-19 against bringing the measure up for debate.

A 2/3rds vote in both chambers of the Kansas State Legislature is required to refer a constitutional amendment to the ballot. Kansas is one of 17 states that requires this process.[1]

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