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Mass. Senate Unveils State Pension Reform Plan

Massachusetts Senate leaders are pushing a reform plan they say will help close loopholes and fend off abuses of the state pension system.

Senate President Therese Murray said Monday she wants to restore public trust at a time when the state is facing a fiscal crisis.

The bill would remove a provision that credits a full year of service to employees who have worked as little as one day in that year. It also would end a practice allowing elected officials to claim a "termination allowance" if they aren't nominated or re-elected.

Faith in the system has been undermined by a series of revelations, including a former state senator's attempt to extend his pension after being accused of trying to grope four women.

Gov. Deval Patrick has unveiled his own pension reform plan.

This program aired on March 30, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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