- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 8, 2016

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A public sector pension bill that was resoundingly defeated in the Pennsylvania House back in December is getting a new lease on life.

The House voted 157 to 26 on Wednesday to put the proposal back under consideration, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to pass.

It’s a step Republican Majority Leader Dave Reed says will help lawmakers move quickly if there’s agreement on pension changes during the flurry of lawmaking ahead of the state’s July 1 budget deadline.

The bill would force newly hired teachers and state workers into a hybrid system made up of a traditional pension alongside a 401(k)-style benefit.

Pennsylvania’s massive pension plans for state workers and school employees are a large and growing segment of the state budget and increasingly a burden for school districts.

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