|Ohio pension-fund board member defends Hawaii trip|
|Written by Associated Press|
|Wednesday, 10 April 2013 08:20|
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A board member of one of Ohio's pension funds is defending her proposal to take a public-funded trip to Hawaii for a conference.
The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/YckhiA ) reports that Barbara Phillips is one of two School Employees Retirement System of Ohio board members planning to go to Hawaii in May.
She told state lawmakers Tuesday she needs to go to the conference to learn more about how to invest the fund's more than $11 billion in assets.
Lawmakers and the state oversight committee have repeatedly criticized the plan and urged the pension fund board to change its travel policy.
The pension fund's board met last month and voted against lawmakers' advice to cancel the trip and adopt a new travel policy.
Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
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