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GOP plan to block federal health care law hits roadblock



UPDATED: A proposed effort to block the implementation of federal health care reforms hit its own roadblock Thursday. Rules Committee Chairman Bill Galvano attempted to effectively neuter the bill on legal grounds with a last minute amendment. But his fellow GOP leaders -- Adam Hasner and Sandy Adams -- temporarily postponed his amendment and then the entire bill, a proposed constitutional amendment (HJR37).

Galvano told bill sponsor Rep. Scott Plakon the Florida Constitution is no place to tell the federal government what it can and cannot do -- particularly because of the federal supremacy clause. The amendment would have prohibited only Florida from mandating health care coverage -- not the federal government. (Later, Galvano said he supported Attorney General Bill McCollum's lawsuit against the federal government -- calling it the appropriate avenue to challenge the federal law.)

Plakon reluctantly accepted Galvano's change but other Republicans on the committee weren't so quick. It's unclear whether the bill surface again, if the disagreement can't get reconciled. The original version already passed its Senate committees.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:27am]


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