Edmonson amendment scandal deepens Tuesday, Jul 22 2014 

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In his latest column, Tom Aswell reports that two leges are calling for an investigation into  “Bastard Amendment” that gave State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson a gift from the taxpayers of  an extra $30,000 a year for the rest of his and his family’s life.  See here.

Kudos to Representatives Edwards and Pearson for stepping up to protect the integrity of the lege process by calling for an investigation.  Thus far, no member of the State Senate has done likewise, despite evidence that implicates a senior Senate staffer.  She needs to be cleared or held accountable.

LSP investigation needed

According to Edmonson members of his staff requested the amendment.  However, he has yet to name those staff members.   The State Police should conduct its own investigation. The motto of the LSP is “Courtesy, Loyalty, Service.” It’s time to add “Integrity” to the LSP.

Kudos to Tom for breaking this story and for continuing to pursue it.

C.B.

 

Lege staffer culprit or scapegoat? Monday, Jul 21 2014 

Thrown under bus

Was she thrown under bus?

Six lege conferees agreed to and signed the Conference Committee Report for Senate Bill No. 294 of the 2014 Regular Session that gave the Superintendent of the Louisiana State Police Mike Edmonson a gift of $30,000 a year for the remainder of his life and his family’s life. The taxpayers will foot the bill for this gift.

The conferees were: Senators JP Morrell, Neil Riser, Mike Walsworth and Representatives Bryan Adams, Jeff Arnold and Walt Leger.

All six of the leges deny having offered the “Bastard Amendment” (because it has no father) giving Edmonson and at least one other person unconstitutional retirement benefits.  The leges all claim that they were misled by the staffer who prepared the conference committee report.

In summary, the leges claim the staffer inserted the Edmonson amendment on her own and then misled them what the amendment did when they asked her to explain it.

I sincerely hope that the staffer did not do this. I have always known her to be a knowledgeable and capable person.

Either the six leges have thrown their own staffer under the bus or she needs to be made to account for this deceitful effort to benefit Edmonson at taxpayer expense.

More to come….

C.B.

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A lege “Who-Done-It” Friday, Jul 18 2014 

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Leges’ react to Edmonson Amendment

An unconstitutional amendment that was added to Senate Bill No. 294 in the waning hours of the 2014 Regular Session gave special retirement benefits to Mike Edmonson, Superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, and at least one other person. The Edmonson benefit alone amounts to an increase in his retirement pay of $30,000, annually, for the rest of his and his family’s life.

I, individually, contacted each of the 6 members of the Conference Committee in which the amendment was added. Sens JP Morrell, Neil Riser, Mike Walsworth and Reps. Walt Leger, Bryan Adams and Jeff Arnold each said they didn’t know the source of the amendment.

All had very similar responses, but none took responsibility for or ownership of the amendment. It appears that all six leges coordinated their stories.

Each of the six leges claimed to be waiting on someone else to do something about the rip-off. That means that none of the leges will do anything to stop this rip-off of the Louisiana State Police Retirement System.

Even Colonel Edmonson denied asking for the amendment.

Bastard amendment

I refer to the Edmonson amendment as the “bastard amendment” because nobody claims to be the father.  Some have suggested that the amendment came about through artificial insemination, others said immaculate conception. My money’s on it being a hand job.

Lege process integrity further damaged

The fact that none of the conferees claim the amendment serves to further destroy the integrity of the lege process.  If the leges want to attempt to mitigate the damage to the lege process there needs to be an internal investigation to determine how an amendment can get into legislation without a lege offering it.

AG Opinion not appropriate

Arnold wrote that he and Morrell had requested an Attorney General’s Opinion on the constitutionality of the rip-off of the LSP Retirement System.  That’s merely a dilatory tactic.

As I told Arnold, the AG cannot render an opinion on the constitutionality of any legislation.  The reason being is that the AG is required by the constitution to defend all Acts of the lege regardless of constitutionality or how dumb the legislation is.  Therefore, it is a conflict of interest for him to rule on a matter in which he may be called on to defend in court.

Action needed

The only way to make sure this rip-off doesn’t go forward is for the Board of the LSP Retirement System to litigate the constitutionality of Act 859 of the 2014 Regular Session. A first-year law student could win the case. Maybe the AG will hire Jimmy Faircloth to defend the state. That would make it the closest thing to sure winner as it gets in the courts.

The retirement system’s board has a fiduciary obligation to protect its assets.  It’s time for them to do so. To see the members of the board go here.

If you know any State Troopers please forward this information to them; they are, 0bviously, better at getting people to confess than I am. That said, I have to admit getting that the truth from leges is no job for rookies.

C.B.

“King of Subversive Bloggers” – James Gill

 

 

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