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COLUMBUS — A resolution to let voters decide whether Ohio should opt out of requirements under the federal health care overhaul has fallen one vote short of passage in the House.

The House voted 59-39 along party lines Wednesday. Republicans hold 59 of the 99 seats but needed 60 votes to pass it. One Democrat was absent.

The measure would have put an issue on the November ballot that would prohibit any law from forcing Ohioans to participate in a health care system.

The GOP-controlled Senate passed the resolution 24-9 last week.

Wednesday’s vote comes as tea party groups gather petition signatures for a health care ballot measure to exempt Ohio from parts of the federal law that require individuals and companies to choose certain health insurance carriers.

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