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    This page contains Congressional resolutions. Resolutions indicate the topics that legislators care about, but cannot legislate about.

01-NGA13 on Oct 5, 2001

Resolution: the National Governors Association position paper:
Source: National Governors Association "Issues / Positions"

The Issue

In 1999, 42.6 million Americans did not have health insurance. All states have been fervently working to reduce the number of uninsured Americans, to make health insurance more affordable and secure, and to provide quality health care at a reasonable cost to the uninsured. However, the federal government has also expressed an interest in this issue. Any action taken at the federal level could have serious implications for traditional state authority to regulate the health insurance industry and protect consumers.

NGA’s Position

Although the Governors are extremely sensitive to the concerns of large multi-state employers, the fact remains that the complete federal preemption of state laws relating to employee health plans in the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) is the greatest single barrier to many state reform and patient protection initiatives.

The Governors support efforts designed to enable small employers to join together to participate more effectively in the health insurance market. In fact, Governors have taken the lead in facilitating the development of such partnerships and alliances. However, these partnerships must be carefully structured and regulated by state agencies in order to protect consumers and small businesses from fraud and abuse and underinsurance. NGA opposes attempts to expand federal authority under ERISA. The Governors have identified the prevention of such federal legislation in the 107th Congress as a top legislative priority.

States have the primary responsibility for health insurance regulation. Across the nation, Governors are working to protect consumers and patients and to properly regulate the complicated health insurance industry.


  • Topic: Health Care
  • Headline: No federal pre-emption of employee health plan regulation

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 01-NGA13

Roy Barnes s1aGA Former Democratic Governor (1999-2002) 
Ben Cayetano s1aHI Former Democratic Governor (1994-2002) 
Gray Davis s1aCA Former Democratic 
Howard Dean s1aPOTUS Democrat 
Mike Easley s1aNC Democrat Governor (elected 2000; retired 2008) 
Parris Glendening s1aMD Former Democratic Governor (1995-2002) 
Jim Hodges s1aSC00 Former Democratic Governor (1999-2002) 
Bob Holden s1aMO Former Democratic Governor (2001-2004) 
John Kitzhaber s1aOR Democratic Governor 
Gary Locke s1aWA Former Democratic Governor (1997-2004); Cabinet (Commerce) 
Ruth Ann Minner s1aDE Former Democrat Governor (retired 2008) 
Ronnie Musgrove s1aMS Democratic challenger (2008), previously Governor 
Frank O'Bannon s1aIN Former Democratic Governor (1997-2003) 
Jeanne Shaheen s1aNH Democratic Sr Senator 
Don Siegelman s1aAL Former Democratic Governor (1999-2002) 
Tauese Sunia s1aAS00 Former Democratic Governor 
Tom Vilsack s1aIA Former Democratic Governor (1994-2002); Cabinet Sec'y (USDA) 
Bob Wise s1aWest Virginia Democrat 



Republicans participating in 01-NGA13

Lincoln Almond s1aRI00 Former Republican Governor (1995-2002) 
Jeb Bush s1aFL Republican Governor 
Donny DiFrancesco s1aNJ00 Former Republican Governor (2001) 
Mike Foster s1aLA Former Republican Governor (1996-2003) 
Jim Geringer s1aWY Former Republican Governor (1995-2002) 
Jim Gilmore s1aVA Republican Senate Challenger; previously Governor 
Bill Graves s1aKS Former Republican Governor (1995-2002) 
Kenny Guinn s1aNV Former Republican Governor (1999-2006) 
John Hoeven s1aND Former Republican Governor (2000-2010) 
Jane Dee Hull s1aAZ Former Republican Governor (1997-2002) 
Bill Janklow s1aSD00 Former Republican Governor (1979=1986 & 1995-2002) 
Mike Johanns s1aNE Former Republican Governor (2005-2007); elected Senator 2008 
Frank Keating s1aOK00 Former Republican Governor (1995-2002) 
Judy Martz s1aMT Former Republican Governor (2001-2005) 
Scott McCallum s1aWI00 Former Republican Governor (2001-2002) 
William Owens s1aCO Former Republican Governor (1999-2006) 
George Pataki s1aNY Former Republican Governor (1995-2006) 
Rick Perry s1aTX Republican Governor 
Tom Ridge s1aPA Former Republican Governor (1995-2001); DHS Cabinet Sec'y 
John Rowland s1aCT Former Republican Governor (1995-2004) 
George Ryan s1aIL Former Republican Governor (1999-2002) 
Don Sundquist s1aTN00 Former Republican Governor (1995-2002) 
Jane Swift s1aMA02 Former Republican Governor (2001-2002) 
Bob Taft s1aOH Former Republican Governor (1999-2006) 



Independents participating in 01-NGA13

Sila Calderon s1aPR00 Former Puerto Rico Governor (2001-2004) 
Carl Gutierrez s1aGU00 Former Guam Governor 
Mike Huckabee s1aAR Former GOP Governor (1996-2006); Pres. candidate (2008) 
Gary Johnson s1aNM Libertarian Gubernatorial Challenger 
Dirk Kempthorne s1aID Former GOP Governor (1999-2006); and Cabinet Sec'y. 
Angus King s1aME Former Independent Governor (1995-2002) 
Tony Knowles s1aAK Former 2008 Senate Dem. primary challenger 
Mike Leavitt s1aUS Cabinet-2008 
Pedro Tenorio s1aIT00 Former Marianas Governor (1982-1990) 
Charles Turnbull s1aVI00 Former Virgin Islands Governor 
Jesse Ventura s1aMN Former Independent Governor (1999-2002) 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 18
Republicans: 24
Independents: 11


















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