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Appeal of pension law ruling going to Florida Supreme Court

TALLAHASSEE — An appeal of a ruling that struck down a requirement that public employees contribute to their pensions is going to the Florida Supreme Court.

The 1st District Court of Appeal on Friday agreed to send the state's appeal directly to the justices.

That was a victory for the Florida Education Association and other public employee unions that challenged the new law.

It was a defeat for the state, which wanted the appellate court to make its own ruling.

The law requires public employees to contribute 3 percent of their pay to the Florida Retirement System. That includes teachers, law enforcement officers and other state and county employees, as well as some city workers.

A trial judge ruled that the law violates employees' property, contract and collective bargaining rights.

Appeal of pension law ruling going to Florida Supreme Court 03/16/12 [Last modified: Friday, March 16, 2012 11:13pm]
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