Police, firefighters and other first responders would be allowed to retire earlier and younger under a measure approved Wednesday that removes changes made only last year, reports the News Service of Florida. Those employees could again retire at 55 and with 25 years of service. Last year lawmakers changed the pension rules to require special class employees to wait until they turn 60 or have 30 years of service to retire with full benefits. The repealer, HB 525, comes with a catch. New employees would be put on traditional pension plans but automatically switched to a defined contribution programs unless they chose to stay on the traditional plan within 12 months of being hired. Critics including local unions say young employees don’t think about retirement much and may get pushed into the riskier investment track unwittingly. Backers, including the Police Benevolent Association, say the bill ensures that employees will be well informed.