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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Senators are expected to debate 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. That language was dropped before an amended version of the bill passed the House last April.

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

Beaufort Sen. Tom Davis said Tuesday his proposed amendment would bar spending state money to help implement the federal law. It also requires state agencies to hold hearings before applying for federal grants tied to the overhaul.

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