Thursday May 17, 2012 | 10:08 AM

A bill that would have eased restrictions put in place last year for those who retire and return to work died in the House and Senate this week.

With little fanfare or debate, the measure was voted "ought not to pass" or, as the online bill tracking system puts it:  "Placed in the Legislative Files. (DEAD)"

Sen. Dawn Hill, D-Cape Neddick, said earlier this year that she was concerned that teachers were getting hurt by the new restrictions because they could only make 75 percent of what the position pays if they retire and come back. The teachers union argues that in at least some cases, widows are forced to come back to work after their husband dies because they can't make it financially.

In the end, Republicans started pulling away, saying they wanted to wait to judge the impact of the change put in place last fall. It's really meant to target superintendents and their much larger salaries, not teachers. If you haven't seen it yet, you can check out our double-dipping database to see which state workers and educators have retired to collect their pensions and come back work to earn a salary.

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