State Government

Illinois Senate OKs birth control ballot measure

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate has approved a November ballot question asking voters if they think prescription drug coverage plans should include birth control.

Senate lawmakers voted 31-18 on Thursday to approve the measure. Illinois already requires insurance providers that cover prescription drugs to also cover FDA-approved contraceptive drugs for women. Stat Sen. Iris Martinez sponsored that legislation, which became law in 2003.

The Chicago Democrat also is sponsoring the ballot measure. She says it's necessary to make the argument stronger in light of the Affordable Care Act and current court disputes.

But Republican Sen. Matt Murphy of Palatine argues the measure is a gimmick intended to boost Democratic voter turnout in a vulnerable election year.

The measure goes to the House for further consideration.

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The bill is HB5755.

Online: http://www.ilga.gov

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