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No Suit From Maine Over Health Care Reform
03/26/2010 10:42 AM ET  

Legislative Democrats turn back a GOP-led effort to have Maine join 13 other states that intend to challenge the new health care reform law in court.

Maine won't be one of the states taking on the new health reform law in court. At issue is the requirement to buy health insurance. Attorney General Janet Mills believes the law is constitutional.

Republicans wanted the Legislature to force Mills to review that judgement. But the Democratic majority on the legislative council has refused to allow the resolution into this legislative session.

"With what's here and such an open question, and what we all can't ignroe, is the obvious political situation we're in around this issue," said House Majority Leader John Piotti. "I see no alternative but to deny this request."

But Republican Jonathan Courtney, the assistant Senate minority leader said denial of the resolution could fan partisan flames. And, Courtney warned, with a state budget bill that needs a two-thirds majorities to pass, this is a bad time to do that.



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