Kleptocracy: government by those who seek chiefly status and personal gain at the expense of the governed
This is a follow-up to a previous commentary. ( See here.)
Section 2 of Act 859 of the 2014 Regular Session by Senator J.P. Morrell gives the Superintendent of State Police an additional $30,000 a year in retirement benefits for the remainder of his life and his family’s life at the expense of the Louisiana taxpayers.
Section 2 of Act 859 violates at least 6 provisions of the state constitution:
– It was not introduced 45 days prior to the opening day of the 2014 Regular Session. (La. Const. Article III, Section 2, Paragraph (2)(c))
– It was not advertised prior to being introduced. (La. Const. Article X, Section 29C)
– It does not contain a recitation that it was advertised. (La. Const. Article X, Section 29C)
– No funding source cited. (La. Const. Article X, Section 29F)
– As amended contains two objects. (La. Const. Article III, Section 15, Paragraph A)
– Language to provide the extra benefits is not germane to bill as introduced. (La. Const. Article III, Section 15, Paragraph C)
Here are the names and email addresses of the leges that sneaked this special interest legislation through the lege process:
Rep. Bryan Adams: email@example.com
Rep. Jeff Arnold: larep102legis.la.gov
Rep. Walt Leger: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. J.P. Morrell: email@example.com
Sen. Neil Riser: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Mike Walsworth: email@example.com
Worst than sausage
The lege process is often compared to watching sausage being made. That is meant to convey the idea that the process is ugly, but the end product is worth it. In this case, even the end product is horrible.
This is the type of legislation that is referred to by insiders as “snakes” that crawl out in the last days of a session. For most snake is much less appetizing than sausage.
There’s only two ways to prevent these unconstitutional benefits from being paid and restoring integrity to the lege process.
The head of the State Police can refuse the benefits or by someone filing a lawsuit. In the latter case, the above listed leges should institute the lawsuit.
Finally, if you know an active or retired member of the La. State Police, please pass this on to them.
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