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A resolution to let voters decide whether Ohio should opt out of requirements under the federal health care overhaul has fallen one vote short of passage in the House.
The House voted 59-39 along party lines Wednesday. Republicans hold 59 of the 99 seats but needed 60 votes to pass it. One Democrat was absent.
The measure would have put an issue on the ballot to prohibit any law from forcing Ohioans to participate in a health care system. The National Conference of State Legislatures says lawmakers in Alabama, Florida and Wyoming are putting similar measures before voters next year.
Meanwhile, tea party groups are gathering signatures for a ballot measure to exempt Ohio from parts of the federal law requiring individuals and companies to choose certain health insurance carriers.