Arkansas AG: Can't issue opinion on federal health law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says his office cannot issue an opinion on whether the federal health care overhaul is constitutional.

McDaniel said in a legal opinion issued by his office Wednesday that the attorney general is not required to advise lawmakers and state officials on federal law unless the questions involve or require the interpretation of state law.

A group of Republican legislators had asked McDaniel's legal opinion on the constitutionality of the health care law.

McDaniel, a Democrat, has said he doesn't plan on challenging the health care law in court and doesn't believe such a lawsuit would succeed.

In Wednesday's opinion, McDaniel told the lawmakers there's nothing under law preventing him from filing a lawsuit but that decision would depend on the merits of the case.

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