Idaho House GOP approves ‘Son of Nullification’

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – The measure some call “Son of Nullification” cleared the House with overwhelming support as conservatives continue efforts to block the federal health care overhaul in Idaho. Wednesday’s 50-17 vote came largely along party lines, with a few GOP defectors joining Democrats against the measure. A previous bid to stymie the health care law this session failed in the Senate after Idaho’s attorney general advised lawmakers that approving such a law would violate the U.S. and Idaho constitutions. So rather than out-and-out nullification, this new legislation focuses on blocking “discretionary provisions” in Congress’ Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – those portions of the 2010 federal law not specifically required or which don’t take effect before June 30, 2012. After Wednesday’s House vote, the measure returns for a renewed Senate hearing.

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