Pa. House suspends debate on public pension plan

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 1, 2014 12:13 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A majority of members in the House has voted to suspend debate on a public pension overhaul bill backed by Governor Corbett and send it back to committee. 

Today's 107-96 vote came on a motion by Representative Gene DiGirolamo to send the bill back to the Human Services Committee and in spite of a plea from House Majority Leader Mike Turzai to continue the floor debate and vote on the Republican-crafted bill. 

DiGirolamo, a Bucks County Republican who chairs the Human Resources Committee, opposes the measures.

The proposal would replace the current traditional pensions with a hybrid system for newly hired state and school employees. It would combine a scaled-down pension with a 401(k)-style plan in which employees make their own investment decisions.

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