UPDATE: Lawyer: State's insurance measure might lead to confusion among voters

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 | 11:56 a.m. CDT; updated 4:55 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 13, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — An attorney says a health insurance measure should be stricken from Missouri's ballot because it puts voters in an awkward position.

Missouri's Aug. 3 ballot proposes a two-part law. One part says the government cannot require people to have health insurance — in contrast with a new federal law. The other part allows insurance companies to voluntarily dissolve.

Attorney Chip Gentry told a judge Tuesday that voters might like one part but not the other, yet would face a single "yes" or "no" vote. Gentry said it violates Missouri's constitutional requirement that legislation address a single subject with a clear title.

State Solicitor Jim Layton argued both parts refer to the subject of insurance. He says ballot measures often have several components.


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