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Health Care Reform Could Be Placed on MS Ballot in 2011

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Two Republican state representatives say voters in Mississippi should have a say whether health insurance should be required in the magnolia state.

The two will propose a ballot initiative, which is in direct response to the federal health care reform law.

Representatives Alex Monsour of Vicksburg and Steven Palazzo of Biloxi filed a proposed initiative Tuesday with the Secretary of State's office.

The initiative would amend the Mississippi constitution to prohibit laws forcing a person or employer to participate in a health care system or plan.

Representative Monsour says they would like to get the issue on the November 2011 ballot, coinciding with statewide and legislative elections.

To do so, petitions would have to be submitted to the Secretary of State's office by this October.

Now if it takes longer to gather signatures, the petitioners could try to put the issue on the November 2012 ballot, which would coincide with the presidential election.