Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Samuel Smith, Jr. (D) of East Chicago will resign from his Senate seat in SD 02 effective June 6. Smith says that recent growth in his family business, Divinity Funeral Home, has demanded his full time attention and presence. Some folks tell us to see a spate of additional retirements announced before the July 31 take it (and leave) or leave it deadline for the lucrative old legislative health insurance benefit package.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
End Of Legislative Perk Prompting Resignations
Sen. Sam Smith (D-East Chicago) called it quits, saying he needed to devote more time to his family's funeral business. But is there more to the story? The Indiana Daily Insight's Ed Feigenbaum speculates there may be more to Smith's resignation. He suggests Smith's resignation may be the first of several legislative retirements by members who want to take advantage of a generous legislative health insurance benefit for life package which ceases to exist on July 31. Feigenbaum writes: