Missouri House Passes Health Care Measure
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri House members are renewing objections to the federal health care overhaul.
The state House approved legislation declaring that the health care law is void and has no force because Congress exceeded its authority by passing it. It also would allow federal workers who attempt to enforce provisions in the health care law to be charged with a state misdemeanor.
Supporters say Missouri lawmakers are attempting to protect state government from excessive spending and to preserve individual rights. Opponents argue that the state Legislature cannot nullify a federal law. The Missouri health care legislation was approved 108-44 on Thursday. It now moves to the state Senate.
The U.S. Supreme Court considered arguments last month in a case challenging the constitutionality of the health care law.