JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - It is often difficult to convince people to run for political office. It is a huge commitment of someone’s time for very little pay. That’s why we often have a pool of candidates that are not the most qualified to serve. However, the choice for who will represent us could improve in the future.
Mississippi’s Attorney General released an opinion that says retirees can serve in the state Legislature without losing their pensions. Currently, retired state employees who were receiving a pension would have to forfeit that income if they served in the Mississippi Legislature. The Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi is the group that requires the restriction on the pension payment. However, the group allows retirees to serve in a local elected position.
The current rules are antiquated and need to be revised. The Retirement System needs to change its policy now, so retirees can run for state office next year.