NJ Senate passes benefits bill on to Assembly

Union workers rally in Trenton, N.J. on Thursday, June 16th.

June 20, 2011 11:23:41 AM PDT
The New Jersey Senate has passed a bill requiring sharply higher contributions for pensions and health benefits from public workers while suspending unions' ability to bargain over health care.

The upper chamber moved the bill with support from Republicans and a few Democrats in a 24-15 vote.

The bill was amended earlier on Monday to remove a controversial provision to limit public workers' access to out-of-state medical care.

The bill must still be passed in an Assembly committee and then by the full Assembly.