Fla. House passes bill to limit

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida House has passed a bill that would limit the ability of elected officials and high-level public employees to collect a salary and a pension - known as "double-dipping."

Existing law lets a state or local government employee covered by Florida's pension plan retire and then return to work for the same or another covered agency a month later. Pension payments, though, are suspended for a year.

The bill (HB 479) would require employees or officials to stay in retirement for six months before going back to work. The one-year pension suspension would be unchanged.

The measure passed 106-10 and now goes to the Senate, where a similar proposal (SB 1072) is still in committee.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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