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Prison guards are among the more than 50,000 public workers affected by the new pension legislation in California. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed legislation to enact labor contracts for more than 50,000 prison guards, attorneys, engineers and other state workers that are expected to save more than $300 million a year.

Brown signed the bill just hours after it was approved by the state Assembly. The 54-17 vote Monday afternoon was the minimum needed for approval of SB151 and came despite objections from Republican lawmakers that the contracts should have saved even more money.

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