Public Barred From Seeing State Official's Retirement Pensions

The pensions given to state retirees are no longer public record.

Under a new law, the State Treasurer's Office says it's barred from disclosing how much public employees and legislators are paid for retirement, even though pensions are funded by taxpayer money.

The bill that became law last year intended to give the public access to bonuses, incentives and other compensation given to public officials. But as it moved through the Senate, the bill was altered to make the pension information secret.

It's unclear who made the change. The bill's sponsor, Senator David Hoyle, said he didn't change the bill and doesn't know who did. Most legislative records don't include a bill's incremental changes.