Pennsylvania’s General Assembly passed a pension bill Monday to help the state lower retirement contribution costs that otherwise would increase by more than $2 billion in fiscal 2013.

The House approved Senate amendments to the bill, HB 2497, by a vote of 165 to 31. The Senate passed the measure Oct. 14. Outgoing Gov. Edward Rendell is expected to sign the legislation, pending legal review of the bill, according to spokesman Gary Tuma.

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