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No anti-health care measure on 2010 Ohio ballot

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A tea party group that wants Ohio exempted from the national health care law says it won't be able to get the issue on this fall's statewide ballot.

The Ohio Liberty Council says it doesn't have enough time to finish gathering more than 402,000 petition signatures by a June 30 deadline.

The group wanted to ask voters to amend the state constitution so Ohio could opt out of parts of President Barack Obama's sweeping health care overhaul signed in March.

Liberty Council President Chris Littleton says the issue's supporters will keep circulating petitions this summer in hopes of putting the measure on the ballot in November 2011. But he concedes that this year would have been better, while the recent health care debate is still reverberating.

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