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State Police Retirement System Holds Special Meeting Over Pension Boosts

 
State Police Retirement System Holds Special Meeting Over Pension Boosts
Posted Thursday, September 4th 2014 @ 11am

Louisiana's state police retirement system board is holding a special meeting to consider its response to a last-minute retirement boost that lawmakers approved for the state police superintendent.

Attorneys for the board say the pension hike for Col. Mike Edmonson wasn't properly passed. They will present their findings at Thursday's meeting.

The lawyers recommend that the board shouldn't pay the enhanced benefits to Edmonson or the 32-year trooper in Houma also affected by the change. Some critics of the legislation want the board to do more and ask a court to throw out the pension adjustment as unconstitutional.

The change, which carries a $300,000 price tag over five years, has drawn criticism as a backroom deal for a political insider. Edmonson has said he won't accept the increased retirement pay.

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