Gibbons needs Masto’s help to mount legal challenge to Reid’s health bill

If Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons is going to file suit to stop Sen. Harry Reid’s health reform bill it will require help from Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto.

And Masto says it is way too early to know whether she would file such a suit.

On Friday Masto said Gibbons doesn’t have the authority to file a suit without her help and that it is premature to even consider such a move because the health bill hasn’t become law.

"No legal action can be taken right now because we don’t have a final law," Masto said.

If the bill becomes law and Gibbons thinks it doesn’t comport with the constitution Masto says she would look into the matter.

"I would be willing to examine closely for any constitutional flaws where there is some sort of negative impact for the state of Nevada," she said.

But Masto, not Gibbons, would determine if there was merit to such a suit, she said.

"I’m the legal advisor. If we feel there is no ground to move forward we are going to tell them that and we won’t move forward," Masto said.

In a written statement Thursday Gibbons said he intends to sue the federal government if the reform bill becomes law.

“There is nothing healthy about Reid’s health care plan, the first thing it will do is kill Nevada’s economy,” Gibbons said, “and then it will crush the working families of Nevada.”

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