Alabama Legislative Black Caucus to protect federal health care

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Legislative Black Caucus says it
will fight attempts to undo the new federal health care plan.

Several Republicans are pushing proposed constitutional
amendments that would prohibit any person from being compelled to
participate in a health care plan. About 250 people staged a rally
at the statehouse Tuesday in support of the GOP legislation.

Democratic House Speaker Pro Tem Demetrius Newton says the
legislation is unconstitutional because a state constitutional
amendment can't override a federal law.

Caucus members are threatening to cut Attorney General Troy
King's budget because he has joined several other attorneys general
in filing a lawsuit challenging the federal plan.

The Legislative Black Caucus makes up about one-fourth of the
Legislature.

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