Bill Would Bar Texas Officials From Double Dipping

AUSTIN (January 10, 2013)--A bill filed in the Texas House would prohibit state elected officials from "double-dipping," or officially retiring to collect their pensions while still drawing a salary.

Gov. Rick Perry caused a stir in 2011 when financial disclosures he filed while running for president showed he was collecting his $133,000 state salary and a $92,000 pension simultaneously.

Perry, 62, counted his five years in the Air Force and more than 20 years in public service in Texas.

Other state officials, including members of the Legislature, can also do so, but many remain anonymous because state law doesn't require them to divulge it.

The bill filed by state Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, would ban double dipping by future state officials, but would not outlaw the practice for those already engaging in it.

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