SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A key legislative committee approved a bill Thursday to give state regulators the power to reject proposed health insurance rate increases, but the measure faces a stiff fight on the California Senate floor.

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the bill with a 6-3 party-line vote, with Democrats in support and Republicans opposed.

While GOP lawmakers have been solidly against AB52, some Democrats also have voiced concerns about aspects of the bill, which was narrowly approved by the Assembly in June.

Even if it's passed by the Senate, the bill's fate with Gov. Jerry Brown is uncertain. His administration has warned about the potential for millions of dollars in new costs that could be incurred through hearings and appeals.

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