HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Retired public employees in Montana argue in a new lawsuit that pension cutbacks are an unconstitutional contract change. It's the second legal challenge to reform plans aimed at fixing troubled pension systems.

The lawsuit was filed late Wednesday by the Association of Montana Retired Public Employees and four retirees. It challenges portions of the pension overhaul plan put in place earlier this year by lawmakers and signed by Gov. Steve Bullock.

That measure cut in half the annual inflationary increases of 3 percent given to Public Employees Retirement System beneficiaries.

The lawsuit does not challenge the portion of the overhaul that also increased the amount paid into the system by employees and employers.

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