(CNN) - Georgia's governor will pursue a lawsuit against the new federal health care bill, even if the state's attorney general refuses to do so, the governor's spokesman said Thursday.
Gov. Sonny Perdue, a Republican, opposes the health care bill because it will add 700,000 Georgians to the Medicaid program and require people to buy health insurance or face a penalty, said Bert Brantley, Perdue's director of communications.
The state's attorney general, Thurbert Baker, a Democrat, had advised Perdue against filing a lawsuit.
"The governor of this state asked me to give my legal opinion to see if there were any legal legs to overturn this health care bill," Baker told CNN on Thursday. "After looking at all the arguments raised around the country and going through analysis, I found that there is simply no legal basis to file a lawsuit."
According to Baker, pursuing a lawsuit would be "a waste of our tax dollars."
Brantley disputed the money issue, telling CNN that "a group of lawyers have come forward to offer their services pro bono to handle the lawsuit."
According to Brantley, Georgia's state constitution allows the governor to appoint another lawyer to act as attorney general if the elected attorney general fails to carry out the wishes of the governor. Brantley said Perdue would announce his plans for moving forward in coming days.
At least two other lawsuits have been filed against the health care bill - one by attorneys general from 13 states and another by the attorney general of Virginia. All but one of the attorneys general involved in those two lawsuits are Republican.
The situation in Georgia is the opposite of the political dynamic in Washington state, where Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire criticized Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna for joining in the multiple-state lawsuit and said she would actively oppose it.
Senior administration officials said Wednesday that they believe the health care bill can withstand any constitutional challenges.
- CNN's Tom Cohen contributed to this story