TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Legal and policy issues linger on pension legislation as Kansas lawmakers prepare to vote on a compromise plan for attacking the long-term funding problems facing the state retirement system for teachers and government workers.

Advocates of moving Kansas toward a 401(k)-style pension plan for its public employees are disappointed that the compromise bill doesn't include a firm commitment to starting such a plan. Meanwhile, one prominent critic of such proposals worries that the outcome of a study mandated by the bill already is destined to propose a 401(k) plan.

Legislative leaders also have varying degrees of confidence about whether parts of the bill could withstand a court challenge. It asks current teachers and government employees to choose between paying a higher percentage of their salaries toward their pensions or to face cuts in future benefits.

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