TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Sam Brownback signed legislation Wednesday to bolster the long-term health of Kansas' public pension system, but he also said he's hoping a study commission set up by the new law hashes out the details of moving the state toward a 401(k)-style plan for new teachers and government workers.

The new law will inject more taxpayer dollars into the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System to help close a projected $7.7 billion shortfall between its anticipated revenues and the benefits promised to public employees through 2033. Workers also will be forced to make concessions.

A new, 13-member commission will study other issues, including whether the state should start a 401(k)-style plan for new public employees. Such a plan would tie a worker's benefits to investment earnings; the state's traditional plans guarantee benefits up front, based on an employee's salary and service time.

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