Officials and citizens representing a broad variety of interests testified Thursday (Nov. 17) before a state Assembly panel that is considering two bills on the widespread practice of rehiring retirees. The Assembly Committee on Insurance heard several hours of testimony on the proposals, both of which would require state retirees working halftime or more “abate” — not collect their state pension — until they are done working entirely. Current policy allows retirees to earn a salary and draw a pension at the same time. The UW System, K-12 education, municipal government, technical colleges and law enforcement were among the state entities offering testimony at the hearing Thursday. Full story.