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Second attempt at Kansas health care amendment to be made

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January 20, 2011


TOPEKA, Kansas: If at first you don't succeed, try again. That's the mentality supporters of a "health care freedom" amendment are taking, as once again the measure is being proposed in Kansas legislative session. The measure, which was first introduced in January 2010 to the state legislature, would exempt residents of Kansas from national mandates passed by the United States Congress that requires individuals to buy health care or mandate that employers provide it to their employees. In addition, the proposed amendment would guarantee that health care providers would receive direct payment from patients, and would be free of liability of fines and penalties.

The measure was originally proposed for the November 2, 2010 ballot, but was not passed to the ballot by legislature. The 2012 version, according to reports, will be similar to the 2010 version. State Representative Brenda Landwehr stated her intentions to introduce the measure in 2011 session.[1][2][3]

The Kansas House of Representatives approved of the 2010 version 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, was 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.[1][3][4][5]

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.[6]

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