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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A North Carolina challenge to the federal health care overhaul that has been winding through the General Assembly is back on the agenda.

The measure is expected to win at least tentative Senate approval on Wednesday. A handful of steps remain before expected passage sets up a potential confrontation with Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue and Attorney General Roy Cooper.

The Republican measure aims to block a requirement of last year’s federal health overhaul law that most people buy health insurance or face a penalty. The measure also tells Cooper to defend the challenge in court.

Perdue hasn’t said if she would veto the bill. She said the federal courts will ultimately rule on the constitutionality of the health care law.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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