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Published February 09, 2011, 05:33 PM

ND Constitutional Amendment to Block Federal Health Law Proposed

A proposed amendment to the North Dakota Constitution would block parts of the new federal health care law.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A proposed amendment to the North Dakota Constitution would block parts of the new federal health care law.

The amendment would keep the federal government from forcing North Dakota citizens to buy health insurance. It would also ban fines on people who want to pay directly for private health care.

Fargo Republican Jim Kasper is proposing the amendment. He says the measure is a way to fight back against the federal health care law that he says is unconstitutional.

If approved by the state House and Senate, the amendment would be on the ballot in June 2012.

The House Constitutional Revision Committee reviewed the amendment Wednesday. It is HCR3014.

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