No vote to be held today on pension reform bill

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The changes could save taxpayers around $3.2 billion over the next 20 years, according to a state-hired consulting firm.

While the payday-loan bill did not draw a floor debate, it spurred lengthy discussions during House committee meetings in recent weeks - and faced opposition from some consumer advocates and religious groups.

The session was punctuated by demonstrating teachers who oppose the bill and could often be heard from inside the chamber as the Senate attempted to do business.

Legislative leaders announced late Friday that the House and Senate would end their annual session without passing any legislation.

The governor has said he is open to discussing universal background checks, but won't say if he supports a specific bill until it is passed by the Legislature.

Teachers and state workers were on hand Friday as senators arrived for the vote - a vote which was delayed while Republicans caucused.

Teachers and state workers in non-hazardous jobs who are in "hybrid cash balance" retirement plans with guaranteed 4 percent returns would be merged into new hybrid plans.

The cash-balance plans grow depending on the stock market and the state would guarantee that the plans wouldn't lose money.

Retired teachers can't receive Social Security benefits, so the adjustments help them keep up with rising living costs while on a fixed income.

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"My goal was to protect our children and I feel that my mission has been accomplished", Johnson said.

Rep. Martin LaLonde, D-South Burlington, who introduced the amendments to the bill, said achieving broad support was less important than drafting an effective law.

Coe said Laramie County School District 1 will take the largest cuts to groundskeeper funding should the bill pass. "It can be called up at any time. We have to seize it now to make sure that ultimately we have these funds on the Coast to take our economy forward".

Republicans blinked and now pension reform is in trouble. "Even local communities are going to feel this".

The House of Delegates passed 97-1 Thursday a comprehensive bill to crack down on the state's opioid epidemic. Earlier in the week she admitted the fate of the bill looked bleak.

The reduction in COLA for retirees, "has been declared illegal", Robbins said.

Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear has said he wouldn't defend the bill if it became law and was challenged in court.

"The biggest issue though, quite frankly, was just the philosophical difference", he said, referring to the House's plan to use revenue diversions and the Senate's plan to use cuts and the main savings account.

Florida legislators are failing yet again to reach an agreement on a comprehensive gambling bill. "My first preference is to pass the budget". ". I think the top priority will be our budget that. does the kind of things we need to make the state competitive, and education is part of that".

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