State Legislatures Voice Opposition to FOCA

March 5, 2009

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:

State Bill Status
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

MO HR 294

(combined with HR 212)

Introduced: 1/29

Passed House

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

D1373 Filed: 2/5

Unofficial draft

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

Passed Senate

Current as of March 4, 2009

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