Ballot Initiative Seeks To Prohibit Mandatory Insurance Requirement
The secretary of state’s office confirmed today that a ballot initiative, proposed by Representatives Alex Monsour (R-Vicksburg) and Steven Palazzo (R-Biloxi), has been filed that would amend the state Constitution to prohibit mandatory health insurance for any citizen or employer as outlines in the new healthcare legislation.
To get the initiative on the 2011 ballot, the signatures would need to be collected by October- which appears to be very difficult at this point although the GOP has plenty of experience in running an initiative. Around 90,000 signatures- 17,857 from the old five districts to be exact- are needed to be placed on the ballot. If supporters don’t make the October deadline, the issue could be on the 2012 ballot.
Much like the Mississippi Republican Party took a leading role in the voter ID initiative, I wouldn’t be shocked to see them do the same with this proposal. Another interesting point: we have seen an overload of ballot initiatives recently and will see (at least) two on the 2011 ballot. It looks like Republicans/ conservatives may be looking for a new road realizing 90,000 signatures is easier to get often times than 62 votes in the House.