Tennessee lawmakers adjourn without passing health bill

The Tennessean, June 10, 2010

Struggling to wrap up their business, the two houses of the Tennessee General Assembly failed to find common ground on a bill that would have taken a stand against federal healthcare reform. Using an unusual parliamentary maneuver, the Senate approved a measure instructing the state attorney general to sue the federal government if it penalizes any person for failing to buy health insurance. But the House put up so much resistance that the bill's sponsor, Republican Rep. Susan Lynn, finally moved for the chamber to "non-concur" with key language in the Senate bill. The House voted 44-43 to send the legislation to a conference committee made up of members of both chambers, which will try to work out differences, The Tennessean reports.


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