AUGUSTA — Maine legislative leaders have decided the state will not join others that have filed a lawsuit seeking to block the newly enacted national health care reform law.

The Democratic-majority Legislative Council voted 6-4 today to not consider a joint resolution calling for the state’s attorney general to join the lawsuit.

On Tuesday, attorneys general from 13 states sued the federal government, claiming the law is unconstitutional. The lawsuit says the Constitution does not authorize the government to mandate that all citizens and legal residents have qualifying health care coverage.

Maine Democratic House Speaker Hannah Pingree called the lawsuit “a partisan effort by national Republicans” to distract Mainers from the positive things the new law will do.

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