LINCOLN — Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a pair of bills into law Tuesday that increase the teacher retirement age and change which groups get priority for developmental disability services.

Legislative Bill 415, introduced by State Sen. Mark Kolterman of Seward, makes several changes in state retirement plans, including raising the retirement age for future school employees.

Currently, school employees can retire at age 55 if they have accumulated 30 years of service, which is called the “rule of 85.”

Under LB 415, teachers and other school employees who start work after July 1, 2018, will have to wait until age 60 and have to accumulate 25 years of service to retire.

The other measure, LB 333, introduced by Sen. Merv Riepe of Ralston, suspends a state law that conflicts with federal regulations.

The 22-year-old law entitles young people with developmental disabilities to get day services when they reach age 21 and leave public school.

LB 333 puts the entitlement on hold for two years so state officials can consider alternatives for those young people.

During the suspension, graduates will get higher priority than other people on the state waiting list for services. But people in emergency situations will have top priority.

State Department of Health and Human Services officials have reserved 200 slots for graduates, and the newly approved state budget includes enough money to fund services for those graduates.

Martha Stoddard keeps legislators honest from The World-Herald's Lincoln bureau, where she covers news from the State Capitol. Follow her on Twitter @StoddardOWH. Phone: 402-473-9583.

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