Scott Detrow reports for Newsworks on the Pennsylvania House's return to session. The most important item legislators will be dealing with is a pension reform bill:
The pension bill increases the retirement age and lowers benefits for future state and public school workers, but keeps a defined-benefit system in place, instead of switching over to a 401(k)like defined contribution system.
The bill passed the House this summer, but Detrow lays out a couple of reasons things may be different this time.
For our part, we remain skeptical about the wisdom and utility of the House's return. First off, the pension bill may be unconstitutional. Then there's the timing. Should House members, many of whom just lost elections, really be pushing through legislation on their way out the door?