Lawmakers Pass Pension Bill, Skip Redistricting

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Lawmakers have passed a pension reform bill to protect the retirement plans of state workers and approved a measure allowing a Christians-only health care plan to resume operations in Kentucky.

But they were unable to agree on a proposal that would have drawn new political boundaries around state House districts.

The back and forth came on Tuesday, the final day of the 2013 legislative session.

Gov. Steve Beshear and legislative leaders said the pension changes would shore up the system, providing nearly $100 million a year.

It also would create a 401(k)-like retirement plan for new employees in an effort to protect the pension plans of current employees and retirees.

The General Assembly also voted to override the governor's veto of a bill intended to better protect legal claims of religious freedom, despite concerns it could undermine civil rights protections for gays and lesbians and lead to costly lawsuits.

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