By Denise Burke
The very real prospect that the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) might be enacted under the Obama Administration has galvanized hundreds of thousands of Americans to voice their opposition to this radical legislation. Notably, state legislators — speaking on behalf of the people whose interests they represent — are also, in increasing numbers, speaking out against FOCA.
AUL Action is providing them with the tools they need to make a significant difference in this on-going and increasingly important debate. A primary tool in our arsenal is the one-of-a-kind, AUL-developed model joint resolution opposing FOCA.
To date, seven states have introduced anti-FOCA resolutions and two of those resolutions have already passed: Missouri HR 294 and Oklahoma SR 5.
The chart that follow summarizes the status of 11 state anti-FOCA resolutions:
|GA||HR 334||Introduced: 2/18
To House Cmte on Rules
|SR 156||Introduced: 2/24
“Favorably report” from Senate Cmte on Health and Human Services
|IL||SR 47||Introduced: 2/3
To Senate Cmte on Assignments
(combined with HR 212)
|SCR 11||Introduced: 1/22
Reported “do pass” from Senate Cmte on Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions & Ethics
|MT||SJR 27||Introduced: 2/13
Missed Deadline for General Bill Transmittal
|ND||HCR 3015||Introduced: 1/26
To Senate Cmte on Human Services
|OH||SCR 6||Introduced: 3/3|
|OK||HJR 1009||Introduced: 1/13
Reported “Do pass” from House Cmte on Rules
|SR 5||Introduced: 2/4
Current as of March 4, 2009