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  • State Sen. Mary Pilcher Cook (KS) 12:16 pm on February 9, 2012 Permalink |
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    Kansas seeking to vote down Obamacare on election day

    Bill: HCR5007 (PDF)

    Sponsored by Reps. Landwehr, Mosier, et al. in the House, and Sen. Mary Pilcher Cook in the Senate, HCR5007 is a legislatively referred ballot measure that would enable Kansas voters to amend the Kansas Constitution to include the following: To preserve the freedom of Kansans to provide for their health care: “(1) A law or rule shall not compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer or health care provider to participate in any health care system or purchase health insurance. (2) A person or employer may pay directly for lawful health care services and shall not be required to pay penalties or fines for paying directly for lawful health care services. A health care provider may accept direct payment for lawful health care services and shall not be required to pay penalties or fines nor prohibited from gaining state medical licensure, for accepting direct payment from a person or employer for lawful health care services…”

    Also: “Kansas Health Care Amendment (2012)”

    “Kansas Health Care Freedom Amendment Heads to Senate Floor”

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  • State Sen. Mary Pilcher Cook (KS) 10:20 pm on May 17, 2010 Permalink |
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    Kansas gets concealed carry gun reform law

    Bill: SB306

    Sponsored by Sen. Pilcher Cook, SB306 updates Kansas’s 2006 Personal and Family Protection Act for concealed weapons carry. The bill eliminated the requirement for fingerprinting of applicants for renewal licenses and reduced the fee for a new license and renewal. A license will now remain valid for 90 days after a person is no longer an official resident of Kansas. The reform bill also makes it possible to have a concealed weapon on the state fairgrounds in Hutchinson and in any public or private parking lot or garage.

    Highlights: Redefines “dependent” – allows non-resident military dependents to apply for RTC permits; Loosens reciprocity language by changing “equal” to “reasonably similar”; New state residents can carry on their old reciprocal permits until their new permit is issued by state of KS; Removes 6 month waiting period for new KS residents; Removing the state prohibition on individuals with “diversions” from applying for RTC permits; Removes all state disqualifiers that are inconsistent with state firearms possession laws K.S.A 21-4204 and federal disqualifiers under 18 USC 922; RTC permit from recognized state will satisfy training requirement; Lower fees on initial permit cost; No fingerprint requirement for renewal; Establish specific limitations for prohibited places – only buildings, no parking lots; Lower penalties for fines for prohibited places violations.

     
  • State Sen. Mary Pilcher Cook (KS) 4:07 pm on April 3, 2010 Permalink |
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    Kansas lawmakers declare state sovereignty over the federal government

    Bill: SCR 1615

    Be it resolved by the Senate of the State of Kansas, the House of Representatives concurring therein: That the State of Kansas hereby claims sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the Constitution of the United States

    Also: “Legislature adopts state sovereignty legislation “

     
  • State Sen. Mary Pilcher Cook (KS) 3:42 pm on February 20, 2010 Permalink |
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    Kansas passes Health Care Freedom Act

    Bill: HB2182 (PDF)

    Sponsored by the Committee on Aging and Long-term Care, Sen. Pilcher Cook, and dozens of Kansas State legislators, HB2182 enacts the Health Care Freedom Act. Signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback, HB2182 codifies the individual right of Kansas residents to choose to purchase or refuse to purchase health insurance. The bill states the government is prohibited from interfering with a resident’s right to purchase or refuse to purchase the insurance. The bill states it is a resident’s right to enter into a private contract with health care providers for lawful health care services, and that the government is prohibited from interfering with this right. The bill allows a person or employer to pay directly for the services and establish a prohibition against penalizing or fining for doing so.

    Also: “Kansas governor signs health care freedom act”

    “Health Care Freedom in Kansas”

    KansasHealthCareFreedom.com

     
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