- Associated Press - Friday, May 15, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Legislators have approved a bill rewriting the rules for teachers, school administrators and other public employees who return to work after retiring.

The House approved the measure Friday on a 97-22 vote, a day after the Senate passed it, 38-0. It goes next to Gov. Sam Brownback.

The state allows public employees to retire but return to work and earn up to $20,000 a year while drawing their pension benefits. Schools regularly use the program for hard-to-fill positions.

The program expires at the end of June. The bill extends the program for a year but then makes changes.

The changes are designed to prevent workers and employers from setting up post-retirement jobs before a worker retires. Also, workers would be allowed to earn $25,000 in their post-retirement jobs.

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