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Freshman Dems introduce watered-down measure to eliminate perk

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Four freshman Democrats in the state Senate have introduced a watered-down bill to end a controversial retirement perk for lawmakers.

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In March, the GOP-controlled Assembly voted to end the practice of awarding free health insurance for unused sick leave.

That's because legislators, constitutional officer, and others built up thousands in benefits by never calling in sick, even when a couple lawmakers were in the hospital.

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