Wyoming Healthcare Amendment, Constitutional Amendment A (2012)

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Type:Constitutional amendment
Constitution:Wyoming Constitution
Referred by:Wyoming State Legislature
A Wyoming Healthcare Amendment was on the November 6, 2012 ballot in the state of Wyoming as a proposed legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1]

According to the amendment, "No federal or state law, rule or administrative decision shall compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer or health care provider to participate in any health care system."[2]

Election results

See also: 2012 ballot measure election results
Wyoming Constitutional Amendment A (2012)
Approveda Yes 181,984 72.59%
Total vote236,389

Note: In order for a Wyoming constitutional measure to be approved it must receive a majority of the total ballots cast in the election.

Official results via the Wyoming Secretary of State's website

Text of measure

Ballot language

The ballot text read:[3]

The adoption of this amendment will provide that the right to make health care decisions is reserved to the citizens of the state of Wyoming. It permits any person to pay and any health care provider to receive direct payment for services. The amendment permits the legislature to place reasonable and necessary restrictions on health care consistent with the purposes of the Wyoming Constitution and provides that this state shall act to preserve these rights from undue governmental infringement.


Two proposed measures were filed in the Wyoming Legislature for consideration. Senate Joint Resolution 2 proposed a constitutional amendment that specifies that no federal or state law could require participation in any health care system by any person, employer or health care provider. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Leslie Nutting and was filed in response to the federal Affordable Healthcare Act.[4]

A second proposal, Senate Joint Resolution 3 called for an amendment that would recognize individual rights to make health care decisions and prohibit state actions to limit those decisions. Additionally, it would have authorized the Wyoming Attorney General to participate in litigation to protect those rights, sue the federal government and have the federal Affordable Healthcare Act declared unconstitutional. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Charles Scott.[5]


No formal support was identified.


No formal opposition was identified.

Path to the ballot

See also: How to amend the Wyoming Constitution

A 2/3rds vote in both chambers of the Wyoming State Legislature is required to refer an amendment to the ballot. The proposed measure, Senate Joint Resolution 2, cleared the House on February 15, 2011, following a 49-11 vote. Previously, the measure cleared the Senate with a 23-7 vote.[6] The measure was signed by Governor Matt Mead on February 19, 2011.[2][7]



The following is a timeline of events surrounding the measure:

Event Date Developments
Approval Feb. 15, 2011 House approved measure, 49 to 11 after Senate approval.
Signature Feb. 19, 2011 Measure was signed by Governor Matt Mead, placing it on ballot.

See also

Similar measures

Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Wyoming Health Freedom Act (2010)


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