Published: Apr 22, 2010 11:45 AM EDT

      TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A ballot proposal that would bar
Floridians from being forced to participate in health care programs
is heading for a vote.
      The proposed state constitutional amendment (HJR 37. SJR 72) is
set for floor action Thursday
      It was inspired by passage of the federal health care overhaul
but legal experts say a mandatory insurance provision in the new
federal law would override the state amendment due to U.S.
Constitution's "supremacy clause."
      The House sponsor, Rep. Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood
Republican, has acknowledged that likelihood
      But he says it's still needed to prevent future Florida
lawmakers from passing such a requirement on the state level if the
federal law is declared unconstitutional.