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Assembly refuses to let AG sue to stop national health reform law

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The state Assembly has refused to let the attorney general sue the federal government to stop the national health reform law from taking effect here.

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Republicans proposed a resolution to allow the lawsuit - but majority Democrats shot it down Thursday night on a 51-44 vote.

State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said he believed the health package is unconstitutional because it forces almost all Americans to buy insurance and penalize those who don't.

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