Edmonson Amendment still alive and well Monday, Sep 15 2014 

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What’s up his sleeve?

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.

C.B.

 

Claitor lawsuit update Friday, Sep 12 2014 

LA Constitution

Does this mean anything?

Last week, when the La. State Police Retirement System refused to litigate the constitutionality of the Edmonson Amendment to Senate Bill 294, State Senator Dan Claitor stepped up and filed a lawsuit himself.

On Wednesday, State Treasurer John Kennedy, who supports the litigation, but as a matter of law was named as a defendant, filed his answer.

The short version of Kennedy’s response is that he agreed with Claitor’s lawsuit that SB 294 was unconstitutional.

Other defendants

Yet to be heard from are the other named defendants, Bobby Jindal, LSPRS as well as Superintendent of State Police Mike Edmonson and Trooper Louis Boquet who are the primary beneficiaries of SB 294.

The LSPRS is not supposed to oppose the lawsuit, but given the lack of responsiveness and transparency of its staff and Board of Trustees, we’ll have to wait until after the time has run for them to respond to know for certain.

Prior to Jindal becoming governor, the Attorney General normally defended such lawsuits within his existing budget.  Recently, Jindal has employed his pal Jimmy Faircloth to lose such cases for the state. Faircloth has collected a few million dollars from the taxpayers of Louisiana for his losing efforts.

It is unknown whether Jindal will waste more of our hard-earned tax dollars on Faircloth losing this case to delay the declaration of SB 294 being unconstitutional.

As of this writing, we don’t know if Edmonson or Boquet will fight the Claitor lawsuit.

Lege conspirators

To date, the leges most responsible for this taxpayer rip-off, Senators J.P. Morrell, Neil Riser, Mike Walsworth and Representatives Bryan Adams, Jeff Arnold, Walt Leger have yet to lift a finger to fix their own mess.  The silence from these six, two of which are attorneys, is deafening.

The above named leges conspired with LSP Lt. Col. Charles Dupuy, Dork Dynasty and the LSPRS to sneak the Edmonson Amendment into SB 294.

More as it is known.

C.B.

“King of Subversive Bloggers” – James Gill

Shouldn’t lawmakers follow the law? Wednesday, Sep 10 2014 

vacant-chair

What happened?

On July 16, 2012, it was announced that on August 9, 2012, Gordon Monk, the then-Legislative Fiscal Officer was retiring.

Members of the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees held interviews to fill the post. Over two years later the leges have failed to elect someone as the Lege Fiscal Officer (“LFO”)

They did appoint a former lege staffer as the “temporary LFO.”

Law

State law requires there to be a LFO elected by a majority of the elected members of both the House and Senate. See law here.

However, two lege sessions have come and gone and the leges have failed to elect or even conduct more interviews for a LFO as required by law.

Apparently, state laws don’t apply to lawmakers in Louisiana.

Why?

It’s time we got some answers from the leges. Any of them care to explain?

C.B.

“King of Subversive Bloggers” – James Gill
 

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