ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has rejected a constitutional amendment that would allow Georgians to opt out of federal health mandates in a bill that cleared the U.S. House.

The legislation on Monday fell short of the needed two-thirds majority, or 120 votes. The vote was 111-61.

The resolution would have prevented the federal government from mandating the purchase of health insurance.

Opponents of the federal health bill said it infringes on state rights. Supporters say it will extend access to health care to those who are now uninsured.

A similar constitutional amendment failed in the Senate last week. But the chamber did muster enough votes to pass a regular bill.

Gov. Sonny Perdue on Monday called the bill a "colossal unfunded mandate."


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