Judge rules LSP retirement hike unconstitutional
BATON ROUGE - A state district judge ruled Tuesday that a last-minute retirement hike lawmakers gave to the state police superintendent violates Louisiana's constitution.
Judge Janice Clark issued the ruling after a hearing Tuesday morning in Baton Rouge.
State Sen. Dan Claitor, a Baton Rouge Republican, filed a lawsuit challenging the pension change that gave enhanced benefits to Col. Mike Edmonson and a 32-year trooper in Houma. Claitor's lawsuit claimed the change wasn't properly passed by lawmakers.
Edmonson and the other trooper both previously said they would not accept the added benefits, which would have cost the state $259,000.
Lawmakers claimed they didn't realize the last-minute provision was still in the bill when it passed. Nobody defended the provision in court.