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19 Feb: ** Monday Preview: Full Senate Will Vote On Pension & Benefits Reforms, Diploma Mill Crack Down, Benefits For Military Veterans

TRENTON – The full Senate will meet on Monday to vote on a wide-range of bills, most pressing among them the comprehensive, bipartisan pension and benefits reform package spearheaded by Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney. The voting session, the first of the new legislative session, is scheduled to begin at 2 pm, in the Senate Chambers of the State House.

The pension and benefits reform package – bills S-2, S-3, and S-4 – contains long-term reform and cost-saving measures designed to restore the state’s pension and benefits system to solvency while reducing the cost burden on taxpayers. Most of the proposals are a product of months of exhaustive analysis conducted by a special committee on pension and benefit reforms convened during the Legislature’s 2006 Special Session on Property Taxes.