Cooper: Keep State Pension Records Public

Attorney General Roy Cooper said state pension information should be publicly available through the State Treasurer's Office despite an error in a new state law.

The measure approved by lawmakers last year was designed to allow the public to review bonuses, incentives and other compensation given to state officials. But open-government advocates said the bill was unintentionally altered to make the pension information secret.

Cooper said Tuesday that the state should follow the intentions of lawmakers to make the information public.

The oversight became public when the Star-News of Wilmington asked about pension benefits of indicted state Representative Thomas Wright.

Wright could lose some of those benefits if he's found guilty of fraud and obstruction of justice charges.


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