Edmonson says he won't accept retirement hike
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state police superintendent says he won't take a hefty retirement boost tacked onto an unrelated bill in the final hours of the legislative session.
Col. Mike Edmonson said Friday the issue had become a distraction and he'll ask lawmakers to look at the issue again next year.
The pension hike sparked controversy because it was passed with no public debate and with the sponsor of the bill saying he didn't realize the implications of the last-minute add-on.
The state police retirement system had decided to investigate the retirement law change, to determine whether it was properly handled.
The provision affects Edmonson and a 32-year trooper who works in Houma.
Edmonson said he didn't personally ask for the pension change, but gave his staff permission to seek it for him.