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Lawsuit: Use of retiree money unconstitutional

3 years 10 months 3 days ago July 26, 2013 Jul 26, 2013 Friday, July 26 2013 July 26, 2013 9:32 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's adult probation and parole officers are asking a judge to declare a piece of 2012 legislation unconstitutional. They want a judge to order the return of several million dollars swept into the state's general fund from a retirement fund for the officers.

The Louisiana Probation and Parole Officers Association contends in a lawsuit that the fees collected and maintained in the Adult Probation and Parole Officer Retirement Fund "were dedicated for the limited and specific purpose of funding enhanced retirement benefits of adult probation and parole officers."

Baton Rouge lawyer Walter Smith III, who is representing the association of probation and parole officers, says the bill resulted in $3.7 million being swept last year into the state's general fund from the retirement fund.

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