RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia is disputing the Obama administration's claim that the state lacks standing to challenge the new federal health care reform law in court.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has asked a federal court in Richmond to dismiss the state's lawsuit.
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli filed the state's response Monday.
In the lawsuit, Cuccinelli cites a Virginia law that exempts state residents from being required to have health coverage.
Sebelius says states cannot simply pass a statute purporting to nullify a federal law.
But Cuccinelli says the Supreme Court has ruled federal courts can resolve competing claims of state and federal power.