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House Resolution Takes Aim At Thurbert Baker

Updated: 4 years ago.
Republican State Representative Austin Scott wants to force Georgia's attorney general to sue over federal healthcare reform. (Photo Courtesy: www.scottforga.com/Toni James)

House Republicans are taking aim at Georgia's Democratic attorney general for refusing to sue to overturn a sweeping new federal healthcare reform law.

State Rep. Austin Scott, R-Tifton, introduced a resolution Friday that would direct Attorney General Thurbert Baker to file a lawsuit.

Scott, a Republican candidate for governor, said the bill has 33 GOP sponsors including House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge.

Gov. Sonny Perdue had asked Baker to sue over the healthcare bill. Baker refused, saying such a lawsuit stands little chance of succeeding. Perdue fired back Thursday saying he would appoint an outside lawyer as a special attorney general to file the suit.

But Scott said Friday that he believes the attorney general has "a constitutional responsibility" to pursue the legal challenge himself.

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