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Senate appropiations commmittee chair J.D. Alexander, R-Lake Wales, speaks about the state pension plan on Thursday, March 31, 2011 in Tallahassee, Fla.(AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Senate on Wednesday moderated a bill that would require public employees to contribute to the Florida Retirement System, now fully supported by taxpayers.

The most significant change is a tiered contribution system instead of requiring all workers to contribute 3 percent of their wages regardless of pay level, which remains in a similar House bill.

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