Published: Jul 24, 2010 2:09 AM EDT
Updated: Jul 23, 2010 11:09 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -  A judge says the state cannot place just the text of a health care amendment before voters without the ballot summary.

Circuit Judge James Shelfer rejected an argument Friday by state elections officials that the ballot would suffice in lieu of
summary language.

Tallahassee attorney Mark Herron represented four private individuals who say the summary misrepresents the intent of the
amendment.

Shelfer said it would be the height of judicial arrogance to change the wording on the Amendment 9 proposal that was passed this spring by the Republican-controlled Legislature in reaction to President Obama's national health care overhaul.

Shelfer will near arguments next Thursday on the merits of the amendment itself.