TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A judge is considering a challenge to a new Florida law on public employee pensions.
It requires teaches was well as state and local government employees to contribute 3 percent of their pay to retirement.
Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford did not immediately rule after hearing arguments Wednesday.
Fulford, though, said she disagreed with parts of the state's defense. The case is expected to wind up in the Florida Supreme Court.
Public employee unions filed the lawsuit. They say the law is unconstitutional because it violates contract, property and collective bargaining rights.
Defendants include Gov. Rick Scott. He chairs a board that oversees investments for the $121.6 billion Florida Retirement System.
Scott asked the Legislature to make employees contribute 5 percent, but lawmakers approved the lower amount.
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