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Lawyers may sue state Attorney General

5 years ago March 26, 2010 Mar 26, 2010 Friday, March 26 2010 Friday, March 26, 2010 8:30:15 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Chris Nakamoto

At least 14 attorneys across the state are threatening to sue Governor Bobby Jindal and state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell over the state's lawsuit to challenge the health care law.

Friday, those same attorneys sent a threatening letter to Caldwell telling him to withdraw the state's suit.

Former state Senator Cleo Fields said he's exploring every option and will seek any legal remedy to protest the state's opposition to the health care law.

"There's not one legal basis for the Attorney General to join in on the lawsuit," Fields said. "We tried to reiterate it in the letter we sent the Attorney General today."

The Legislative Black Caucus said the lawsuit is wasting taxpayer dollars at a time when the budget is tight.

"In light of our budget crisis, the last thing we should be doing is spending additional money and manpower on doing research and trying to get information on something that is unconstitutional," state Representative Regina Barrow said.

Caldwell said he's challenging the health care law because it will mean big problems for the state's budget.  Caldwell said DHH Secretary Alan Levine estimated the minimum added cost to Louisiana of approximately $350 million a year to implement the health care law.

"To save Louisiana the potential expense of filing a separate suit regarding the health care legislation..it was my decision to sign on to Florida's well-drafted action at minimal cost to Louisiana," Caldwell said.

Fields said he plans on taking legal action early next week, if Caldwell doesn't withdraw the state's lawsuit.

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