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Pension bill not likely to pass this year

A bill meant to lower the retirement age of special risk employees back to what it was a year ago is more or less dead in the Florida Legislature. Sascha Cordner has more.

After a move by the Senate to stall the measure, the House sponsor, Republican Representative Ritch Workman, withdrew his proposal from consideration in its last committee stop.

“I have learned that our friends in the Senate, in my opinion, who have completely misunderstood this bill, have chosen to punt. As a result, it is my belief that this bill will not progress in the Senate and in deference to your time, I respectfully request to TP the bill at this time.”

A pension reform bill, passed out of the Legislature last year, contained a controversial provision that increased the retirement age for police and firefighters to 60, after 30 years of service. Workman’s bill would have returned the retirement to 55 years of age, after 25 years of service. However, due to concerns raised about how to offset some of the costs by changing the age back, the Senate companion stalled in its first committee stop. SOC


Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.