Topeka A Republican state senator is seeking to force a debate next month on an amendment to the Kansas Constitution meant to nullify federal health reform.
The proposed "Health Care Freedom" amendment would prohibit the state from requiring anyone to buy health insurance. The federal law requires most Americans to have coverage starting in 2014.
Shortly before the Kansas Senate adjourned Tuesday, Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook of Shawnee made a motion to pull the measure out of committee for debate. Senate rules require the motion to wait until the next session day for action, which will be April 28.
Pilcher-Cook needs 24 votes to force the vote and 27 to get the amendment on the ballot.
The House has already voted, falling short of the 84 votes needed.