TOPEKA, KS (May 17, 2012) -- An 11th-hour push to move HB.2764 to the Senate floor for a final vote fell two votes short of approval, ending hopes for expanded autism insurance reform in 2012. A motion to remove the bill from the Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee received a vote of 22-11, but 24 votes were required. Six Senators did not vote and one was absent.
The bill was approved overwhelmingly by the House in March, but Senator Ruth Teichman, who chairs the Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee, refused to call a hearing, prompting the motion to move the bill directly to the Senate floor.
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