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BOISE -- A northern Idaho lawmaker irked that a bill he sponsored to nullify the federal health insurance overhaul failed says the Legislature should stop consulting the Idaho Attorney General's office and get its own lawyers.

Republican Rep. Vito Barbieri of Dalton Gardens introduced a bill on Tuesday that calls for the Legislature to hire two attorneys for a new Office of Legislative Counsel.

Barbieri's bill to nullify the health insurance overhaul died in a Senate committee last month. The attorney general's office advised lawmakers that approving such a law would violate the U.S. and Idaho constitutions as well as lawmakers' oath of office.

The Spokesman-Review reports that Barbieri's bill would pay for the two-lawyer office by shifting money from the attorney general's budget.

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