TALLAHASSEE — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on Friday asked for an expedited, full-court appeal hearing in the state's lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal health care reform law.
"This case is so significant to all Americans that it needs to be resolved as quickly as possible," Bondi said. "If granted, the petition would allow a faster track to the Supreme Court."
Pensacola U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson ruled in January that the law's so-called individual mandate is unconstitutional, and thus the law is unconstitutional.
The U.S. Department of Justice appealed the ruling, and it's that appeal that Bondi wants a full hearing for. If granted, the appellate review would be June 6 before all 10 active judges of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal instead of the typical three-judge panel.
Now, the U.S. government must file court papers on the case by April 4, and the state of Florida has until May 4 to file its papers. The federal government would file additional papers by May 18.
Florida was joined in the suit by 25 states and the National Federation of Independent Business.