Commission Votes to End Lawmakers’ Special Pension Perk
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho citizens commission voted to close a loophole through which longtime state lawmakers who work briefly in high-paying state jobs at the end of their careers get full lifetime pensions as if they'd been full-time state employees all along.
The Idaho Press-Tribune reports the vote came Thursday. Commission chairman Reed Larsen noted that two years ago, he said the retirement perk — which lawmakers enacted as a special exemption only for themselves in 1990 — "didn't pass the smell test."
The commission's decision holds unless rejected by the Legislature via concurrent resolution. Such a move would need to happen before the 25th day of the legislative session.
The six-member commission includes three members appointed by the governor and three appointed by the Idaho Supreme Court, meaning it represents both the executive and judicial branches of Idaho's government.