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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is joining officials from other states in a lawsuit challenging the new federal health care law.
The Republican lieutenant governor said Tuesday that he is suing in his role as a constitutional officer of Missouri and as the state's official senior advocate.
A lawsuit by attorneys general in 13 states was filed shortly after President Barack Obama signed the health care law Tuesday. The lawsuit contends the federal government has no constitutional power to mandate that people have health insurance.
Missouri's attorney general has not sued. A spokeswoman for Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster says he is "watching the situation develop."
Legal experts say the lawsuit may have little chance of success, because federal laws generally trump those in states.
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