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Pension system asks AG for clarity on pensions for lawmakers

Mississippi's pension system is asking Attorney General Jim Hood to clarify a ruling that retired public employees can collect their pensions while serving in the Legislature.

Posted: Dec. 28, 2018 3:43 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's pension system is asking Attorney General Jim Hood to clarify a ruling that retired public employees can collect their pensions while serving in the Legislature.

The Public Employees' Retirement System sent the letter to Hood on Friday.

The system's board had voted earlier this month to ask for the clarification after Hood issued his original opinion on Nov. 29. It overturned a longtime rule that public retirees had to forgo their pensions if they wanted to be lawmakers.

Executive Director Ray Higgins and board members say they're not trying to get Hood to reverse himself. But they note that there are a number of unanswered questions about what the pension system should do. The letter asks Hood to answer quickly — legislative qualifying begins Wednesday and ends March 1.

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