No Senate action yet on Kansas health care measure

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March 31, 2011


TOPEKA, Kansas: The 2011 state legislative session in Kansas ends in late May, leaving plenty of time for the Kansas State Senate to act on the proposed health care bill passed by the Kansas House of Representatives on February 11, 2011. As of March 31, 2011, the Senate had taken no action on the measure, but did refer it to the Judiciary Committee on February 15, 2011. The proposal would exempt residents of Kansas from potential national mandates passed by the United States Congress that required individuals to buy health care or mandate employers to provide it to their employees.

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, is similar to the 2010 version. State Representative Brenda Landwehr introduced 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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