La. State Treasurer says LSP retirement plan investigation must continue

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy says the investigation into State Police Colonel Mike Edmonson's retirement plan increase must continue, whether Edmonson intends to take it or not.

Senator Neil Riser's amendment to Senate Bill 294 would give State Police head Mike Edmonson and at least one other trooper at least $30,000 more in retirement benefits, annually.

Questions surfaced about alleged special treatment for Edmonson after an amendment regarding his retirement plan made its way onto an unrelated Senate bill in the final hours of the 2014 legislative session.

"Somebody understood it. Somebody had to draft it, promote it. This amendment didn't just fall from heaven," said Treasurer Kennedy.

Kennedy says that so far, no one involved in passing the amendment has taken responsibility for fully knowing what it entailed.

He believes that if the investigation finds that the amendment give preferential treatment to some troopers over other, the State Police Retirement Board will not support it and may take action against it.

Kennedy was told that the investigation should be ready in a few weeks and he intends to have a public meeting to discuss the results.

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