Topeka Republicans are trying to force Kansas Attorney General Steve Six, a Democrat, into challenging the new federal health care law.
On Monday, GOP legislators introduced a resolution that they said would require Six to take legal action against the law or join with other attorneys general in a lawsuit. The measure has to be approved by only one chamber.
The resolution’s author, Rep. Aaron Jack, R-Andover, said he has heard from more constituents opposed to the new law than any other issue.
Rep. Brenda Landwehr, R-Wichita, an opponent of the health care law, said, “When I heard that Fidel Castro was applauding this health care bill, what does that tell you?”
Since health care reforms were signed into law by President Barack Obama, Kansas Republicans in Congress have called for its repeal and urged Six to join with other attorneys general in a challenge.
Six has said he is reviewing the new law before making a decision.
“Any constitutional challenge would be costly for the state and must be based on sound legal analysis, not politics,” Six’s office said in a statement.
Republicans have also been trying to get before voters a state constitutional amendment aimed at blocking federal health care reforms. But it has failed to get the required two-thirds majority to be placed on the ballot.