Harris drafting changes to lawmakers' pensions

February 16, 2010

State Sen. Andrew P. Harris has drafted a pair of amendments that make changes to lawmaker pension plans and planned to offer them Monday night. The first would make state lawmakers who are convicted of crimes related to their office ineligible for state pension benefits. Harris, a Republican representing Baltimore and Harford counties, pointed to voter outrage that former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon will collect her $83,000 pension despite a jury conviction on a theft charge as a reason for his legislation. Harris also wants to move all lawmakers into a defined contribution (401K-type) pension plan. Currently, retired lawmakers receive a defined benefit, meaning they can count on a set amount each month no matter what the market does. Harris believes the change would save taxpayers $750,000 a year.

Annie Linskey

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