COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Senators are debating legislation that aims to slow implementation of the federal health care overhaul in South Carolina, but even its Republican backers acknowledge it makes no attempt to nullify the law as many people believe.

The original bill sought to void the law in South Carolina and make it illegal for public employees to help implement it. But that language was dropped before an amended version passed the House last April.

Still, some GOP senators insisted the bill receive top priority, as constituents called for nullification.

Beaufort Sen. Tom Davis said he accepts the federal government's ability to pass the law. But he proposes barring spending state money to help implement it. His amendment also requires state agencies to hold hearings before applying for grants tied to the law.

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