Signatures clear crucial review
It's time to lobby!
The Election Divisions of the Secretary of State has concluded its initial review of the NO Taxes for Abortion Insurance petitions. The next step in the petition process will be a vote by the Board of Canvassers to certify the signatures; the vote by the Board of Canvassers is expected on either December 2 or December 3. Thereafter, the initiated legislation will be sent to the Michigan House and Senate for a single floor vote with only a simple majority needed in each chamber to enact it into law.
With limited session days remaining in 2013, now is the time to contact your legislators to vote "Yes" on the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act. Your voice is needed to encourage elected officials to support this legislation which will ensure our tax dollars and health insurance premiums are not paying for abortions in Michigan.
ACTION NEEDED: Contact your state representative and senator in Lansing and tell them to "vote YES on the citizen-initiated Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act." Contact all volunteers who helped circulate petitions, people you know who signed the petition, churches and businesses that allowed you to gather signatures. Ask them to remind all who signed the petition to follow up with calls to their state representative and senator in Lansing.
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By working together we can keep our tax dollars and insurance premiums from paying for abortions as part of health care.
The federal health care reform law (Affordable Care Act) enacted in March 2010 requires that insurance exchanges be available in all 50 states by 2014. The ACA contains a special provision allowing the states to exclude abortion as a covered benefit. The petition drive needs to happen in 2013 so that Michigan can be ready for the federally required health exchanges which begin in 2014.
Michigan's Constitution allows the people to initiate legislation through a petition. This petition seeks to pass the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out legislation. The advantage of this approach is that the bill's language cannot be changed by the Michigan Legislature, nor can it be vetoed by the governor.
In order to propose this bill to the legislature, 258,000 valid signatures of registered voters must be gathered within 180 days. Once petitions are approved by the Board of Canvassers and submitted to the legislature, the legislature has 40 calendar days to act.
If a simple majority in both the House and Senate approves the bill, it becomes law without the governor's signature. The law would become effective ninety days after the end of the legislative session.
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