BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has filed a bill that would prevent retiredpublic employees from receiving both a pension check and unemployment benefits.

Current state law allows public pensioners to return to work in the public sector for up to 960 hours a year. In some cases, workers have filed for and collected jobless benefits after the additional employment ends.

Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Joanne Goldstein says the bill filed on Wednesday would disqualify those workers from collecting unemployment, while continuing to allow them to work up to 960 hours.

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