HARRISBURG — A majority of members in Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives has voted to suspend debate on a public pension overhaul bill backed by Gov. Tom Corbett and send it back to committee.
Tuesday’s 107-96 vote came on a motion by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo to send the bill back to the Human Services Committee and in spite of a plea from House Majority Leader Mike Turzai to continue the floor debate and vote on the Republican-crafted bill.
DiGirolamo, a Bucks County Republican who chairs the Human Resources Committee, opposes the bill.
The proposal would replace the current traditional pensions with a hybrid system for newly hired state and school employees. It would combine a scaled-down pension with a 401(k)-style plan in which employees make their own investment decisions.