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Georgia Bill #SR 794   View text of Bill | Go to Bill Online
Bill Name:Senate Resolutions SR 794
Type:Health Care Freedom
Requested Patriot Action: This bill was introduced 01/11/10 and assigned to the Senate Committee on Insurance and Labor. The bill has passed the Senate and is now being reconsidered. Continue to ask your representatives to support this bill when it is reconsidered.
Committees: Referred to Senate Committee on Insurance and Labor
Sponsors: Senate Sponsors:
Mitch Seabaugh
(404) 656-6446, (770) 251-7526
Senate Majority Whip

Judson Hill (404) 656-0150
Chip Rogers (404) 463-1378
Ralph Hudgens (404) 656-4700
Lee Hawkins (404) 656-6578
Jim Butterworth (404) 463-5257
John Douglas (404) 656-0503

Session Schedule: In Session 1/12/09 - 4/2/10 (est.)

Interim Recess 4/4/09 - 1/21/10 (est.)

In Session 1/22/10 - 4/2/10 (est.)
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Date Introduced: 1/11/2010
Status:Passed Senate 03/18/2010 Currently in Reconsideration
Passed House committee:
Passed Senate committee:Y
Passed Senate:Y
Passed House:
Link to Bill history: Go to Bill history
Bill History: SR 794 - Health Care Freedom of Choice Constitutional Amendment; no law shall compel any person to participate in any health care system-(PF) CA

Current VersionPDF VersionSponsored By
(1) Hill,Judson 32nd(2) Rogers,Chip 21st(3) Hudgens,Ralph 47th(4) Hawkins,Lee 49th(5) Butterworth,Jim 50th(6) Douglas,John 17thand others

SC: Senate Committee on Insurance and Labor

Current Status
01/11/10 - Senate Read and ReferredFirst Reader Summary

A RESOLUTION proposing an amendment to the Constitution so as to provide that no law or rule or regulation shall compel any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in any health care system and to authorize persons and employers to pay directly for lawful health care services without penalties or fines; to provide a short title; to provide for the submission of this amendment for ratification or rejection; and for other purposes.

03/17/2010 12:31PM Senate Vote #569 034 019 000 003 ADOPTION OF CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
03/18/2010 2:12PM Senate Vote #570 031 019 004 002 RECONSIDERATION

Status History
Bill History Date Action
12/01/2009 Senate Prefile
01/11/2010 Senate Read and Referred
02/10/2010 Senate Committee Favorably Reported
02/11/2010 Senate Read Second Time
03/17/2010 Senate Third Read
03/17/2010 Senate Third Read Lost
03/17/2010 Senate Notice to Reconsider
03/18/2010 Senate Reconsidered

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Federal reply:
State constitution: Georgia State Constitution

Bill of Rights

Section I - Paragraph I - Life, liberty, and property
No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property except by due process of law.

Section I - Paragraph II - Protection to person and property; equal protection
Protection to person and property is the paramount duty of government and shall be impartial and complete. No person shall be denied the equal protection of the laws.

Section I - Paragraph III - Freedom of conscience
Each person has the natural and inalienable right to worship God, each according to the dictates of that person's own conscience; and no human authority should, in any case, control or interfere with such right of conscience.

Section I - Paragraph IV - Religious opinions; freedom of religion
No inhabitant of this state shall be molested in person or property or be prohibited from holding any public office or trust on account of religious opinions; but the right of freedom of religion shall not be so construed as to excuse acts of licentiousness or justify practices inconsistent with the peace and safety of the state.

Section I - Paragraph V - Freedom of speech and of the press guaranteed
No law shall be passed to curtail or restrain the freedom of speech or of the press. Every person may speak, write, and publish sentiments on all subjects but shall be responsible for the abuse of that liberty.

Section I - Paragraph VI - Libel
In all civil or criminal actions for libel, the truth may be given in evidence; and, if it shall appear to the trier of fact that the matter charged as libelous is true, the party shall be discharged.

Section I - Paragraph VII - Citizens, protection of
All citizens of the United States, resident in this state, are hereby declared citizens of this state; and it shall be the duty of the General Assembly to enact such laws as will protect them in the full enjoyment of the rights, privileges, and immunities due to such citizenship.

Section I - Paragraph VIII - Arms, right to keep and bear
The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, but the General Assembly shall have power to prescribe the manner in which arms may be borne.

Section I - Paragraph IX - Right to assemble and petition
The people have the right to assemble peaceably for their common good and to apply by petition or remonstrance to those vested with the powers of government for redress of grievances.

Section I - Paragraph X - Bill of attainder; ex post facto laws; and retroactive laws
No bill of attainder, ex post facto law, retroactive law, or laws impairing the obligation of contract or making irrevocable grant of special privileges or immunities shall be passed.
Section I - Paragraph XXVIII - Enumeration of rights not denial of others
The enumeration of rights herein contained as a part of this Constitution shall not be construed to deny to the people any inherent rights which they may have hitherto enjoyed.

Section II - Paragraph I - Origin and foundation of government
All government, of right, originates with the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the whole. Public officers are the trustees and servants of the people and are at all times amenable to them.

Section II - Paragraph II - Object of government
The people of this state have the inherent right of regulating their internal government. Government is instituted for the protection, security, and benefit of the people; and at all times they have the right to alter or reform the same whenever the public good may require it.
Section II - Paragraph V - What acts void
Legislative acts in violation of this Constitution or the Constitution of the United States are void, and the judiciary shall so declare them.

Section II - Paragraph VI - Superiority of civil authority
The civil authority shall be superior to the military.

Section II - Paragraph VII - Separation of church and state
No money shall ever be taken from the public treasury, directly or indirectly, in aid of any church, sect, cult, or religious denomination or of any sectarian institution.
Section III - Paragraph I - Eminent domain
(a) Except as otherwise provided in this Paragraph, private property shall not be taken or damaged for public purposes without just and adequate compensation being first paid.
(b) When private property is taken or damaged by the state or the counties or municipalities of the state for public road or street purposes, or for public transportation purposes, or for any other public purposes as determined by the General Assembly, just and adequate compensation therefor need not be paid until the same has been finally fixed and determined as provided by law; but such just and adequate compensation shall then be paid in preference to all other obligations except bonded indebtedness.

(c) The General Assembly may by law require the condemnor to make prepayment against adequate compensation as a condition precedent to the exercise of the right of eminent domain and provide for the disbursement of the same to the end that the rights and equities of the property owner, lien holders, and the state and its subdivisions may be protected.

(d) The General Assembly may provide by law for the payment by the condemnor of reasonable expenses, including attorney's fees, incurred by the condemnee in determining just and adequate compensation.

(e) Notwithstanding any other provision of the Constitution, the General Assembly may provide by law for relocation assistance and payments to persons displaced through the exercise of the power of eminent domain or because of public projects or programs; and the powers of taxation may be exercised and public funds expended in furtherance thereof.

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