- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas House panel is considering limiting how much government employees would be able to boost their pension benefits by accumulating unused vacation days.

The House Commerce and Economic Development held a hearing Monday on a bill that tweaks benefits rules for government employees hired before 1993. The bill would allow those employees to accumulate only 240 hours of vacation and sick leave to boost the value of their pension payments.

Republican Rep. Jerry Lunn from Overland Park told the committee the change would improve the long-term stability of the pension fund by avoiding excessive payments.

But Chairman and Republican Rep. Mark Hutton from Wichita said the proposal needs more work and indicated it may not be brought up again this session.

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