Edmonson Amendment still alive and well Monday, Sep 15 2014
There may be a belief that because a lawsuit was filed to declare SB 294 unconstitutional that the Edmonson Amendment issue is over. That’s not the case.
After seeing that the litigation is on the agenda for the La. State Police Retirement System’s Board meeting on Wednesday, I have done some checking.
State Senator Dan Claitor, who filed the lawsuit, clearly wants SB 294 to be declared unconstitutional. However, as I suggested in an earlier commentary, that may not be the desire of the LSPRS, Bobby Jindal or State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson.
Information has been provided me that indicates that the attorneys for the LSPRS, et al. merely want the matter to remain in legal limbo until the 2015 Regular Session. That way, the leges can easily resurrect SB 294 to give Edmonson an extra $55,000 a year in retirement benefits.
On Tuesday, a hearing is scheduled in the 19th JDC to hear Claitor’s lawsuit. We won’t know until then whether Edmonson, et al. will continue to fight the effort to declare SB 294 unconstitutional.
We taxpayers have a lot of exposure and we need this matter to be ended permanently. Anything less than a judicial declaration of unconstitutional along with an agreement by Jindal, Edmonson and LSPRS not to appeal the matter means the Edmonson rip-off remains viable.
More as I know it.
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