A bill to end so-called "triple dipping" by retired state workers has cleared its final legislative hurdle.
House Bill 421 was sent to the desk of Governor Tom Corbett after a unanimous vote of concurrence Tuesday in the state House of Representatives.
The legislation would prevent state retirees from receiving unemployment compensation for leaving a temporary job in order to remain eligible for pension, retirement or annuity benefits.
Retired state employees who are hired back as annuitants can work a maximum of 95 days for the state each year.
Currently, after leaving the temporary job, they are permitted to collect unemployment benefits on top of their retirement and the pay received for the temporary work.
Supporters of the legislation said during the last three years, more than 600 state retirees collected a total of $2 million in jobless benefits while receiving a state pension.