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Fri., Feb. 25, 2011, 7:29 a.m.

Barbieri on HB 117: ‘There is nothing to stop the federal government’

Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, opens testimony for HB 117, his health care nullification bill, in a committee hearing Friday morning in the Senate State Affairs Committee. Barbieri said if the national health care reform law can't be voided by a state,
Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, opens testimony for HB 117, his health care nullification bill, in a committee hearing Friday morning in the Senate State Affairs Committee. Barbieri said if the national health care reform law can't be voided by a state, "there is nothing to stop the federal government doing as it pleases when it pleases." (Betsy Russell)

The Senate State Affairs Committee has a substantial crowd in the Capitol Auditorium this morning for its hearing on HB 117, the health care nullification bill. Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, the bill's lead sponsor, asked the panel, "Are the state agencies responsible to the federal government or to the state of Idaho? This is not a nullification bill," he said. "It merely directs state agencies to cease work," on anything related to the new national health care reform law. "We ask them to stop implementing this onerous bill," Barbieri said. "If we can't take a stand on this issue, where the court has already decided in Idaho's favor, there is nothing to stop the federal government doing as it pleases when it pleases."




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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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