Senate passes pension reform bill; no word how House will respond

Published 05/09 2013 06:10PM

Updated 05/09 2013 06:26PM

SPRINGFIELD -- Lawmakers are one step closer to pension reform. The Senate passed a major reform bill Thursday. It's the same one negotiated by union leaders.

It gives workers and retirees different benefit options. Supporters say it will help get the system back on track. But, critics argue it doesn't do enough in the way of savings.

They also wonder whether it's constitutional. It's a question one senator says is hard for anyone to answer.

The bill now heads to the House for a vote. It's hard to say what kind of support it will get there. That chamber just passed a reform bill of its own.

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