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House approves big pension changes

Rep. Jason Brodeur answers one of many questions about his bill that would put new state employee hires into a defined contribution pension plan. Democrats quizzed him for an hour and 40 minutes. Photo by John Iarussi.

After a long and starkly partisan debate, the House advanced a bill Thursday to close the Florida Retirement System to public employees hired after next Jan. 1, requiring them to join an investment systems similar to the 401(k) plans popular in the private sector.

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