Published: Jul 04, 2012 8:14 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A state circuit court won't rule on whether legislators broke the law to privatize Florida's prison health care system.
    
Circuit Judge Kevin Carroll declined to give an opinion Monday on whether lawmakers violated Florida's constitution by using a budget provision to issue a statewide outsourcing of prisoners' health care.
    
Two employee unions sued the state for tucking the change into the budget instead of passing a stand-alone law.
    
The Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/L0ajyD ) reports that Carroll's order says any court opinion would be moot because the 2011 budget containing the provision expired Saturday. The 2012 budget has no provision calling for a statewide privatization of inmate health services.
    
The unions also asked the court to forbid the Department of Corrections from outsourcing prison health services in the future. Carroll refused.
    
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Information from: Tampa Bay (Fla.)Times, http://tampabay.com

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