Assembly OKs PERS Cost-Cutting Bill Backed by Some Unions

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) – The Nevada Assembly has passed a bill aimed at saving the state’s Public Employees Retirement System $1 billion every 10 years.

Assembly members voted 41-1 on Friday to pass SB406, which is sponsored by Republican Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson. The measure passed the Senate unanimously.

The bill got the support of the state teacher’s union and other labor groups, who said it was more reasonable than other PERS overhaul bills moving through the Legislature.

It seeks to slightly reduce benefits to new recipients and prevents public workers from collecting benefits after certain felony convictions.

It also extends benefits to survivors of public employees killed on duty in the past two years, including three Las Vegas police officers, a Sparks Middle School teacher and a Nevada Department of Transportation worker.

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