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Retirees urging a veto session for pension increase bill

3 years 5 months 23 hours ago Monday, July 13 2015 Jul 13, 2015 July 13, 2015 2:57 PM July 13, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE- Retired state workers and public school teachers are trying to salvage a small increase in their pension checks. They are urging state lawmakers to hold a veto session, to override Gov. Bobby Jindal's rejection of the retirement hike.

But the idea is a long-shot.

Lawmakers have never held a veto session under the current constitution, and it only takes a majority vote of either the House or Senate to scrap the session.

Jindal cited national credit rating agency concerns about retirement systems' debt when he rejected the 1.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment bill.

The measure would have given 135,000 retirees an average $30 monthly pension increase.

A decision on the veto session will come this week.

Lawmakers have until midnight Thursday to return ballots if they want to cancel the session.

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