Double Dipping Bill Goes to Fla. Governor

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Elected officials and high-level public
employees would have less ability to collect a salary and a pension
- known as "double-dipping" - under a bill going to Gov. Charlie Crist.

Currently, a state or local government employee covered by Florida's pension plan can 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 new 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.

Final passage came on a 93-23 vote Friday in the House after the Senate amended the bill to delay the new limit by six months until July 1, 2010.

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

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