Alabama Bill Proposes Blocking Federal Provisions

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

An attempt failed in the Alabama Senate to force lawmakers to debate a bill that would block enforcement of some provisions of a new federal health care overhaul.

An effort to bring up the bill Tuesday received 15 votes. That's six votes shy of the 21 votes needed.

The sponsor, Republican Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale, threatened to use delaying tactics in the Senate until his bill passes.

Beason's bill would prevent the federal government from dictating that an Alabama resident or doctor must participate in a certain health care plan.

Three similar bills that are stuck in a House committee. The sponsor of one bill, Republican Rep. Robert Bentley of Tuscaloosa, urged Democratic leaders to allow debate on at least one of the bills.


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  • by veteran Location: lauderdale county on Mar 25, 2010 at 05:40 AM
    The party of "no" tried to block this in the U.S. Senate, and failed. The party of "no" tried to block this in the US house of representatives, and failed. Now the party of "no" is trying to block it on the state level, and they once again will fail. I hope the voters, who know we have a hard time meeting budgets remember this people of "no" who are wasting money on this, when even THEY know it isn't going to work, take this into account in November and get rid of these people of "NO".
  • by John Boy Location: Meridian on Mar 24, 2010 at 10:34 AM
    Article VI U.S. Constitution. This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding. This is right out of our Constitution. In reference to this article, it basically means any law that Alabama passes that is in conflict with a US law is null and void. Those idiots know that. They are spending time they could be spending working on actual problems Alabama faces, but they would rather do this to further divide the good people of their state, and poison the politics of their state. Good job.
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