Oklahoma voters will have an opportunity in November to express how they feel about national health care reform. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives easily approved a measure Tuesday that allows voters to approve a constitutional amendment that would render unconstitutional any law or rule that would require any person, employer or health care provider to participate in any health care system. Senate Joint Resolution 59 won House approval 88-9. Republicans voted 61-0 in favor while Democrats voted 27-9. It now goes to the secretary of state’s office, which will place it on the Nov. 2 state ballot. Democratic Gov. Brad Henry earlier this year vetoed a measure to create a state law prohibiting any law or regulation requiring any Oklahoman to have individual insurance coverage. It also would have banned any state resident from being fined for failing to have health insurance. The House overrode the veto, but the Senate failed to muster enough votes to knock out the veto. Paul Sund, Henry’s spokesman, said passage of SJR 59 "just sets the stage for yet another lawsuit against the state and more unnecessary legal fees for Oklahoma taxpayers.” "No state has the authority to selectively ignore federal laws of its choosing, and any attempt to do so will be ruled unconstitutional by the courts,” Sund said. Rep. Mike Thompson, House author of the measure, said the constitutional amendment "will provide Oklahomans with a powerful legal protection against the federal government’s attempt to insert itself into everyday decisions that affect their finances and health. "It is clear that the federal government’s legislation will force insurance rates to rise while at the same time requiring that everyone purchase insurance. The passage of the federal mandate was met with outrage in Oklahoma, and we are adamant that Oklahomans have a chance to reject it.” The measure passed without debate. Several members on both sides of the issue indicated they wanted to debate the measure, but Rep. Steve Kouplen, D-Beggs, made a parliamentary move that eliminated the debate.