Pa. House OKs pension overhaul
A bill overhauling Pennsylvania's public pension system is headed to Governor Rendell's desk.
The House voted 165-31 Monday to pass a measure increasing the retirement age and lowering pension benefits for future state and public school employees.
Earlier in the afternoon, the House upheld the measure's constitutionality on a 128-68 vote.
Opponents had said the Senate violated "single subject" guidelines by inserting language creating a legislative fiscal office into the measure.
The House Monday evening was debating the so-called "Castle Doctrine" measure, which expands a person's right to deadly self defense.
Governor Rendell has voiced support for the pension bill, but it's unclear whether he'd sign or veto the Castle Doctrine measure.