A public hearing is being held today on three bills introduced by Danbury state Senator Mike McLachlan.
One is about removing pensions from collective bargaining agreements for state employees. He says this would save the state money and reduce the state’s long-term liabilities. McLachlan called it part of comprehensive pension reform proposed this session.
Another bill would exclude overtime pay from the calculation of state employee pension benefits. McLachlan says that measure is aimed at ending so-called "pension padding" by state employees.
The third bill being discussed today would prohibit a state employee from being able to receive a pension and a salary from the state at the same time.