Lawsuit filed against questioned pension hike
BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge state senator is challenging a last-minute retirement hike that lawmakers approved for the state police superintendent.
Republican Sen. Dan Claitor claims in his lawsuit, filed Thursday, that the pension change was unconstitutional because it wasn't properly passed by the Legislature.
Lawyers for the retirement system board agreed and the board voted not to defend the law against any litigation.
The law change gives enhanced benefits to Col. Mike Edmonson and a 32-year trooper in Houma. The change, which carries a $300,000 price tag over five years, has drawn criticism as a backroom deal for a political insider.
Edmonson and the other affected trooper have said they won't accept the increased retirement pay.