Republican lawmaker wants to impeach Ga. attorney general

 

ATLANTA - A Republican lawmaker has filed a resolution to bring articles of impeachment against Democratic Attorney General Thurbert Baker for failing to file a lawsuit challenging a new federal health care law.

State Rep. Mark Hatfield, of Waycross, filed the legislation today.

The resolution says that Baker is required by the Georgia constitution to follow Gov. Sonny Perdue's direction and file a lawsuit challenging the Democratic-backed health care bill.

Baker has said the state lacks a viable legal claim to file a suit. Perdue has said he would bypass Baker and hire appoint an outside counsel as a special attorney general to bring a suit.

The Republican-led House would have to approve the resolution by a simple majority.

Baker is a Democratic candidate for governor.

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