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Ohio lawmakers to introduce health care amendment

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February 3, 2011

Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio: Ohio lawmakers are following the lead of states that voted on health care freedom amendments in 2010, as State Representative Ron Maag and other legislators will introduce a bill similar to its counterparts. According to Maag, "We introduced this legislation as a way of protecting the fundamental rights of Ohioans against bureaucratic power grabs." The legislators announced on February 2, 2011 that they would introduce the amendment in legislative session.[1]

The Ohio State Legislature can send amendments to the statewide ballot, according to Article XVI, if 60% of the members of both chambers agree to it.

Originally the measure was proposed as an initiated constitutional amendment sponsored by the Ohio Liberty Council, and was proposed for the November 2, 2010 statewide ballot. However, days prior to the petition drive deadline supporters announced that they failed to collect sufficient signatures for 2010.[2][3][4][5]

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