Louisiana State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson says he won't take the enhanced pension that state lawmakers quietly gave him on the final day of this year's legislative session.
But that doesn't mean the controversy over Edmonson's pension boost is over. Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos explains why in this week's Commentary.
Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst
They're called 'snakes.' That's the nickname given to crooked bills that slither through the legislative process when nobody's looking.
A perfect example is Senate Bill 294, which originally dealt with routine Louisiana State Police matters. The real agenda was to give Col. Mike Edmonson, head of the state police, a hefty boost in retirement pay some say $55,000 a year more. Over 30 years, that's more than $1.6 million of your money.
It was all done in secret, without public notice or hearings, by a six-man committee that met behind closed doors.
The deal blew up when blogger Tom Aswell discovered it. Aswell and fellow blogger C.B. Forgotston raised hell, forcing Edmonson to say he won't take the higher pension.
But that's not good enough. Federal law makes it illegal to take away pension rights. What's needed is a lawsuit challenging the legality of the new law, because Edmonson could change his mind later. It wouldn't be the first time that a public official did that at taxpayers' expense.
Simply put, we need the courts to kill that snake.
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