SACRAMENTO, Calif. -

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law sweeping pension changes that will save California taxpayers billions of dollars in the future.

Brown signed the legislation Wednesday at the Ronald Reagan State Building in Los Angeles.

State lawmakers last month sent the Democratic governor a series of changes to California's public pension system that will largely affect state and local government workers hired after Jan. 1, 2013.

The main pension bill will increase the retirement age for new employees and cap the annual payout at $132,120. It will also eliminate numerous abuses of the system and require workers who are not contributing half of their retirement costs to pay more.
    
Many Republican lawmakers supported the changes but said much more needs to be done to fix a system with massive liabilities for current retirees and public workers.