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2009 Senate Joint Resolution K: Affirm right to independent (non-government) health care
  1. Introduced by Sen. Wayne Kuipers (R) on August 27, 2009, to place before voters in the next general election a Constitutional amendment to recognize that “every person has a right to provide for his or her own health care,” and to prohibit any federal (but not state) law or rule that would directly or indirectly “compel any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in any health care system".
    • Referred to the Senate Health Policy Committee on August 27, 2009.
      • Reported in the Senate on March 2, 2010, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the joint resolution then be adopted.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on March 16, 2010, to replace the previous version of the measure with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described. The substitute passed 23 to 15 in the Senate on March 16, 2010.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  2. Failed 24 to 14 in the Senate on March 16, 2010, to place before voters in the next general election a Constitutional amendment to recognize that “every person has a right to provide for his or her own health care,” and to prohibit any federal (but not state) law or rule that would directly or indirectly “compel any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in any health care system." The measure failed to get the two-thirds supermajority required to place an amendment on the ballot.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Moved to reconsider by Sen. Alan L. Cropsey (R) on March 16, 2010, to reconsider the vote by which the measure failed. The motion means that this can be brought up for another vote at the discretion of the Senate Majority Leader.

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