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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Lawyers for public employee unions and a pair of nurses urged a judge Wednesday to block a plan for privatizing health care in Florida’s prisons.

They cited the same legal arguments that resulted in another judge’s decision stopping the privatization of 29 South Florida prison facilities. The Legislature was ruled in violation of the Florida Constitution because it made that policy decision through a budget provision rather than by passing a stand-alone law.

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