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Wyoming Healthcare Amendment, Constitutional Amendment A (2012)
|Referred by:||Wyoming State Legislature|
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."
- See also: 2012 ballot measure election results
|Wyoming Constitutional Amendment A (2012)|
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
The ballot text read:
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.
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.
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. The measure was signed by Governor Matt Mead on February 19, 2011.
The following is a timeline of events surrounding the measure:
|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.|
- Billings Gazette, "Education, states' rights expected to dominate 2011 Wyoming Legislature," January 8, 2011
- Billings Gazette, "Healthcare amendment makes Wyoming ballot," February 19, 2011
- Wyoming State Board of Elections, "Constitutional Amendment A," accessed October 1, 2012
- Wyoming State Legislature, "SJR0002," accessed January 11, 2011
- Wyoming State Legislature, "SJR0003," accessed January 11, 2011
- Billings Gazette, "Healthcare measure appears headed to Wyoming voters," February 15, 2011
- Star-Tribune, "Healthcare amendment makes Wyoming ballot," February 20, 2011