More than 40 percent of the state’s 46 senators are “retired” and receiving retirement pay from a state pension plan — a plan many say is superior to the one for state retirees.
Meanwhile, lawmakers are considering making cuts to state retirees’ pension plans.
State records show 19 senators, including three from the Midlands, are drawing retirement pay from a pension plan that some state retirees are calling a sweetheart plan. In some cases, those lawmakers, who remain on the job in the Legislature, are drawing state pensions that are more than three times their normal legislative pay.
Lawmakers either take their salary or, if they qualify, the retirement pay.
State Sen. John Courson, R-Richland, who receives retirement pay, Monday defended the practice.