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Kansas state Rep. Steve Johnson, an Assaria Republican and chairman of the House Pensions and Benefits Committee, discusses legislation dealing with the state retirement system, Thursday, March 21, 2013, at the Statehouse, in Topeka, Kan. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A proposal for issuing $1.5 billion in bonds to boost the long-term health of Kansas’ public pension system advanced Thursday in the state Legislature, but Republican lawmakers who want to put new government employees into a 401(k)-style plan abandoned an effort to pass such a bill this year.

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