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gavel resting on an array of currency The ordinance allows employers to comply with the rules by making payments through the ERISA health benefit plans or by paying additional compensation to workers. (Photo: Shutterstock)

State or federal? That is a debate playing out in the streets as people protest a leaked ruling from the United States Supreme Court. But not all such jurisdictional debates are that contentious.

The Supreme Court is being asked to look at a disagreement now playing out between federal appellate courts. The issue: What takes precedent on pay-to-play laws that require employers to make minimum monthly health care payments; state laws or the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)?

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