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McCollum to challenge 'deem and pass'

From NBC's Pete Williams
Florida's Republican attorney general intends to file a legal challenge if the House approves the health-care bill using the "deem and pass" method.

A spokeswoman for Attorney General Bill McCollum tells NBC News that he is prepared to file a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the deem and pass gambit. McCollum was elected to his current post in 2006. He spent 20 years as a US congressman from central Florida, and he's currently running for governor.

McCollum becomes the second state attorney general to say he'll challenge the House maneuver. Virginia's attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli, wrote House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday suggesting he would challenge the method for passing the health-care bill.

Legal scholars are divided on whether the method would violate the constitution and, if it would, whether the federal courts would entertain a challenge.