Oklahoma AG Says Hobby Lobby Bolsters His Challenge

Jul 2, 2013

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Oklahoma's attorney general says a court decision favoring Hobby Lobby's fight against parts of the new federal health care law bolsters his fight against the law.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt is challenging parts of the Affordable Care Act. The law imposes tax penalties in certain cases, but federal lawyers say the Anti-Injunction Act prevents Oklahoma from raising questions about taxes before they're levied.

In a court filing Monday, Pruitt pointed U.S. District Judge Ronald White to last week's Hobby Lobby decision. While government lawyers had said Hobby Lobby also had to wait until tax penalties kicked in before they could fight, judges at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the company could proceed now.

Pruitt says parts of the health care law cannot apply in Oklahoma.