Plan for avoiding federal health law advances

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, left, and state Rep. Brett Hildabrand, right, R-Shawnee, confer during a House committee hearing on a health care bill they support, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The bill would bring Kansas into a compact of states seeking to exempt themselves from federal health care laws. (AP Photo/John Hanna)
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, left, and state Rep. Brett Hildabrand, right, R-Shawnee, confer during a House committee hearing on a health care bill they support, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The bill would bring Kansas into a compact of states seeking to exempt themselves from federal health care laws. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas House committee has approved a bill to bring the state into a compact with other states seeking to exempt themselves from the federal health care law.

The bill approved Thursday by the Federal and State Affairs Committee also would allow compact states to remove themselves from other federal health regulations if Congress consents.

The Republican-dominated committee approved the measure on a voice vote with no debate. The measure goes next to the House for debate.

Many GOP lawmakers are strong opponents of the federal health care law championed by Democratic President Barack Obama, viewing it as intrusive and burdensome. Critics contend Congress wouldn’t approve a compact.

A Texas-based group is pushing the compact and says eight other states have enacted similar laws, including Missouri and Texas.

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