OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Newly hired state workers would be shifted from a traditional pension to a 401(k)-style retirement plan under a bill that has been given final approval in the Oklahoma Senate.
The Senate voted 34-11 Wednesday to approve the bill and send it to the House.
Under the measure, state employees hired after Nov. 1, 2015, would be shifted from the current defined-benefit pension to the 401(k)-style defined-contribution plan. The changes do not apply to teachers or public safety employees like police, firefighters or prison guards.
Supporters say the bill will help reduce the estimated $11.6 billion in unfunded liability of the state's public pension systems.
But opponents say eliminating the pension will get rid of one of the major benefits of a state government job.