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Pennsylvania House sends public pension overhaul to Senate

Pensions for newly hired school employees and state workers would see some major changes under a proposal approved by the Pennsylvania House on Tuesday and sent to the Senate.

The House voted 136-59 to put new hires into a combination of a traditional pension plan and 401(k)-style benefit plan, which supporters said would save the debt-plagued public pension systems billions over the coming three decades.

A spokesman for Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, at home Tuesday recovering from a procedure to treat prostate cancer, said he would sign it in its current form.

The bill's prime sponsor, Rep. Mike Tobash, R-Schuylkill, said the proposal "changes what has not been...