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Judges Order SJ Pension Measure Changed Over Biased Language

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SAN JOSE (KCBS) – San Jose’s pension reform measure is still heading to the June ballot, but with slightly revised wording after a three judge panel decided the ballot language was biased.

The judges ruled that the language in Measure B was unlawfully worded to sway voters support, and they ordered words like ‘reform’ to be removed from the measure.

Attorney Robert Johansson, who represented city workers, said that the language was leading.

”The law requires that the question be impartial, that it not prejudice voters in favor of, or against the measure,” said Johansson.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

The measure will now be altered before it heads to the ballot on June 5th.

Mayor Chuck Reed released a statement saying that he doesn’t think the revised language will make any difference to voters, and he is happy to move forward.

If approved, Measure B will reduce pension benefits for new hires, and require current city workers to pay more towards their retirement, unless they switch to a different plan.

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