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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas was close Tuesday to joining other states in enacting a law designed to block a mandate in last year’s federal health care overhaul requiring most Americans to buy health insurance.

A proposed “health care freedom” law was on Gov. Sam Brownback’s desk. Legislators bundled the measure with other proposed changes in regulations for health care providers and approved the package in the last hours of their annual session. Brownback is expected to act on the legislation by Friday.

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