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Tue May 18, 2010

Veto Override in the House

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. House overrides health care bill veto

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma House has overridden Gov. Brad Henry's veto of legislation to allow Oklahomans to opt out of a new federal health care overhaul law.

The House voted 72-24 without debate Tuesday to override the veto, more than the two-thirds vote needed for the measure to go into effect without Henry's signature. The Senate is expected to consider an override later this week.

The resolution by Rep. Mike Ritze of Broken Arrow would allow Oklahomans to opt out of the law that requires Americans to have health insurance. The measure also authorizes legislative leaders to hire an attorney to sue the government to keep the law from taking effect.

Henry vetoed the bill on Friday. He says it would expose taxpayers to costly and unnecessary legal bills.

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