Lawmaker asks retirement board to investigate new law

Lawmaker asks retirement board to investigate new law

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Louisiana state representative wants the state board that oversees retirement pay to investigate a new law that he claims is unconstitutional.

State Rep. Jerome Richard, I-Thibodaux, sent an email last week to the Louisiana State Police Retirement Board asking members to determine the constitutionality of Act 859, created by Senate Bill 294, which was introduced Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, and to hold off any raises the new law allows.

"I am extremely concerned about the process we have all witnessed publicly concerning the amending of our state's public employee retirement law to the specific advantage of two individuals," Richard stated in the email. "I respectfully urge the board to take two actions: delay any changes to retirement benefits due to the recent law, and call for an immediate investigation or legal proceeding to determine the law's constitutionality."

He said he believes an unrelated amendment was attached to the bill without going through the proper constitutional procedures. He said the amendment was added at the last minute by a conference committee of senators and representatives without going to the House for debate and would allow retirement pay increases for only two Louisiana state troopers.

Richard also stated the law "will certainly be addressed by the legislature in its upcoming session."

A meeting of the LSP Retirement Board is scheduled for Wednesday.

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