AUSTIN (AP) – A bill filed in the Texas House would prohibit state elected officials from “double-dipping,” or officially retiring to collect their pensions while still drawing a salary.
Gov. Rick Perry caused a stir in 2011 when financial disclosures he filed while running for president revealed he was collecting his $133,000 state salary and a $92,000 pension simultaneously.
The 62-year-old Perry counted his five years in the Air Force and more than 20 years in public service in Texas.
Other state officials, including lawmakers, can also do so. But many remain anonymous since state law doesn’t require them to divulge it.
Filed by Chris Turner, a Grand Prairie Democrat, the bill would ban double-dipping by future state officials. It would not outlaw the practice for those already engaging in it.
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