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May 4, 2010 1:02 PM by Letitia Walker

LA Attempts to Nullify Healthcare Bill

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana House is set to debate an attempt to nullify the federal health care overhaul in Louisiana.

The proposal by Rep. Kirk Talbot declares no one can be mandated to pay a penalty if they don't have insurance or be required to participate in a health care system. The bill is backed by Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal and is modeled after legislation pending in more than 30 states.

The House is scheduled to debate the measure Tuesday afternoon.

Supporters say the proposal asserts Louisiana's rights under state sovereignty provisions in the U.S. Constitution. Opponents say Louisiana already is fighting the health legislation in court and doesn't need Talbot's bill.

The constitutional change needs support from two-thirds of the House and Senate and a majority of voters to pass.

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