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Aug 15, 2013

Obamacare Petition Drive Falls Short

The petition drive to put last spring’s legislative “private option” vote to expand Medicaid on the ballot has fallen short of its goal, says Glen Gallas of Arkansans Against Big Government. At the deadline this week, the group had only around 30,000 signatures to submit. The grassroots group vowed to get the 46,800 signatures needed...

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petitionsThe petition drive to put last spring’s legislative “private option” vote to expand Medicaid on the ballot has fallen short of its goal, says Glen Gallas of Arkansans Against Big Government.

At the deadline this week, the group had only around 30,000 signatures to submit. The grassroots group vowed to get the 46,800 signatures needed to put the question to a vote of the people; however, Gallas says the Attorney General cut into the time given the group to achieve its goal.

AG Dustin McDaniel did not approve the submitted ballot title of the proposed referendum until June 11, which gave the group less than two months — per state law — to gather the signatures.

(The Arkansas Constitution says signatures for any referendum on laws passed by the Legislature must be filed within 90 days after that legislative session’s final adjournment.)

Working on the petition drive “just solidified my belief that the people don’t want” the Medicaid expansion law, Gallas said.

He plans to ask the Legislature to defund the Medicaid expansion plan during the 2014 fiscal session.  The same group could also spearhead a ballot initiative on repealing the law.

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