RICHMOND, VA (WWBT, AP) - Virginia's attorney general has filed a lawsuit challenging the federal government's health care overhaul law.
A spokesman for Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said that the lawsuit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court immediately after President Barack Obama signed the landmark measure into law.
Cuccinelli, a Republican, and other conservatives claim the law represents an unconstitutional overreach of federal authority.
Attorneys general from 13 states joined to file a similar lawsuit Tuesday in Florida.
Virginia's lawsuit invokes a newly signed state law that says that no resident can be compelled to have health insurance, nor can they be forced to pay a fine or penalty for refusing health coverage.