Pennsylvania House members will now consider amendments to a bill that would balance Philadelphia's fiscal 2010 budget and place any local pension funds that are less than 50% funded, including Pittsburgh's retirement system, under state oversight.

The state Senate approved the measure yesterday in a vote of 38 to 9. House lawmakers will now weigh in on amendments to HB 1828, but Nora Winkelman, chief counsel to the House Democratic Caucus, said labor groups have raised their concerns over potential reductions in retirement benefits for municipal employees.

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