Legislation To End Idaho Lawmaker Pension Perk Dies

Apr 8, 2015

Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / StateImpact Idaho

Legislation seeking to end a retirement bonus for state lawmakers who take high-paying state jobs at the end of their careers died Wednesday.

Senate State Affairs Chairman Curt McKenzie tells The Spokesman-Review that the bill will not receive a committee hearing.

The bill had already passed the House on a narrow 38-32 vote.

Currently, a long-term lawmaker will receive a state pension of roughly $500 a month. However, if that lawmaker grabs a four-year term as a top state elected official, their state pension spikes to $3,600 a month for life.

Idaho lawmakers are considered part-time and are paid roughly $16,000 a year plus benefits and traveling expenses.