Ohio pension board OKs Hawaii trip for members

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The trustees of one of Ohio’s public pension funds voted to send two members to a conference in Hawaii, despite pressure from the public and lawmakers to scrap the junket.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/Z1qIKa ) reports that the board of the School Employees Retirement System of Ohio voted 4-3 to go ahead with the $8,000 trip for two board members. But the board did adopt a new travel policy to limit spending and out-of-state trips.

In January, the board first approved three members to attend the conference in Hawaii, but one has since backed out because of health concerns.

Lawmakers and the state oversight committee have repeatedly criticized the plan and urged the pension fund board to change its travel policy.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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