AG King heads to Washington over healthcare bill

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama Attorney General Troy King may have his hands full with the newly taken over Task Force on Illegal Gambling, but there's a pressing matter nearly 1,000 miles away that's about to occupy a good bit of his time.

King is headed to Washington, D.C to discuss the newly passed, historic healthcare legislation, and what he can do as Alabama's chief law enforcement officer to stop what he sees as the soon-to-be law's encroachment on his constituents' rights.

"I was stunned," King said at a news conference Monday, "as I watched what happened...over the weekend." King said the system is broken.

He envoked the state of Alabama's motto, "We dare defend our rights," saying that Congress should conduct themselves in a responsible way.

King is scheduled to meet with Congressman Spencer Bachus (AL-6) for a news conference Tuesday morning at the Capitol. There, the men will discuss Alabama's position on the healthcare bill and plan action on a lawsuit to challenge the bill's constitutionality.

The bill passed the U.S. House Sunday night with a vote of 219-212. The bill had no Republican support and none of Alabama's representatives voted for it.

Nearly 40 states are now currently drafting legislation to challenge the bill's legality.

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