Florida Supreme Court has rejected the attempt to consult voters on the Federal healthcare overhaul by striking a ballot initiative that would ask residents to support or oppose the measure.
The justices ruled that the summary of Amendment 9 — which was proposed by the GOP-controlled state legislature and would have blocked the Federal requirement for individuals to purchase insurance — was improperly phrased, according to BusinessWeek.
The decision was condemned by The American Legislative Exchange Council, whose Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act was the basis for the amendment, as well as some lawmakers from across the country.
State Representative Nancy Barto (R-Ariz.) said that "unfortunately, this judge has taken a technicality and used it to throw out what was a fair and constitutional amendment."
She warned that "Floridians will not be able to protect their freedom of choice in healthcare."
The Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act has been proposed in more than 40 states, and has become a statute in Virginia, Idaho, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana and Missouri.
States that permitted ballot initiatives this November on constitutional amendments regarding the healthcare reform are Colorado, Oklahoma and Arizona.