Created: Mon, 24 Feb 2014 05:47:00 EST
Updated: Mon, 24 Feb 2014 05:48:01 EST
ATLANTA (AP) - A legislative committee has signed off on a bill that would essentially negate Gov. Nathan Deal's ability to expand Medicaid under the federal health care law, something the Republican governor has already refused to do.
The House Judiciary Committee on Monday passed the bill which has the backing of top Republican leaders as well as Deal. Supporters argue the bill gives appropriate legislative authority for a policy decision that would have a significant economic effect on the state budget.
Democrats have opposed the bill, arguing it delays the decision to expand Medicaid in the state.
The bill is expected to come up for a floor vote in the House in the next week.