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Mo. bill would ban implementing health care law

The Associated Press

A Missouri House panel has endorsed legislation making it a crime for federal officials to attempt to enforce the 2009 federal health care overhaul in the state.

The measure states that "any official, agent, or employee of the United States government" seeking to enforce the health care overhaul within Missouri's borders may be charged with a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The bill also says that no Missouri official shall have any authority to enforce the health care law.

The measure is sponsored by St. Charles County Republican Kurt Bahr and declares the federal law to be "altogether void and of no force."

The House General Laws Committee endorsed the bill Wednesday, sending it to the full House.

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Health care crime bill is HB1534

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Legislature: http://www.moga.mo.gov