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Dan Gelber amend: repeal Bill McCollum's healthcare challenge

Republican Attorney General Bill McCollum wants to limit big contracts with outside law firms by capping their fees, and he has hired his old law firm, Baker & Hostetler, to press a Constitutional challengel to President Obama's health-reform plan.

Now Democrat Sen. Dan Gelber, who hopes to succeed McCollum, is striking back at both efforts. Gelber has filed an amendment to the lawyer fee-cap bill to cancel the contract McCollum inked with Baker & Hostetler.

The amendment has zero chance of passing (less than McCollum's chance of prevailing in court). It reads:

Notwithstanding any other provision of this section or any other law, the Attorney General may not enter into a contingency fee contract with a private attorney, or any other contract with a private attorney, if the purpose of such contract is to provide legal representation in, or legal support for, litigation challenging the constitutionality of federal health care reform legislation providing qualifying health care coverage for individuals. The Attorney General must rescind,within the terms of the contract, any current contract executed on or before July 1, 2010, for the purposes proscribed by this subsection.

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