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Pa. Senate GOP giving House space to debate pensions

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 27, 2014 12:57 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A key state Senate Republican leader says the chamber is prepared to run a bill to change pensions only for elected officials if the House does not approve a broader-ranging measure.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jake Corman says the Senate will not act on the pension issue before Sunday to give the House time to debate and vote.

Leaders of the House GOP majority have struggled to line up enough votes to approve a plan that would shift future state and school employees from a traditional pension to a hybrid system that combines a regular pension with a 401(k)-style plan.

If the House does not approve that plan or one like it, Corman says the Senate would consider similar changes for legislators, judges and certain other elected officials.

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