Maryland Lawmakers Say “No” To Pension Changes

Lawmakers Vote Down New Pension Plan

By Jason Gittlen
|  Wednesday, Feb 17, 2010  |  Updated 6:46 PM EDT
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Maryland Lawmakers Say “No” To Pension Changes

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Tempers flared Wednesday in Annapolis over a plan to alter Maryland senators’ pensions.

 
Apparently some lawmakers were not happy about a plan to change their pensions for the good of the people.
 
Lawmakers defeated an attempt by a Baltimore County senator to alter their legislative pensions. Senators voted 32 to 14 to deny Republican Sen. Andy Harris the extra day he asked for to submit an amendment that he said would put lawmaker pensions in a defined contribution plan.
 
Harris told lawmakers the current plan is overly generous and that the state could save money by making the proposed changes.
 
The new plan also would have prohibited state lawmakers who commit a felony while in office from collecting pension benefits.
 
Harris was asked Wednesday whether he had returned a portion of his salary last year when state workers were furloughed and lawmakers were asked to give up some of their wages.
 
Harris said he gave money to charity because he feels the state has “wasted” revenue.

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