A 2002 law allows lawmakers to collect pensions while still serving in the Legislature. Overall, retired legislators collect $5.3 million. That includes 269 who are living but no longer in office.
Nineteen senators receive a pension instead of a legislative salary. Information on the House members who forgo their pay for a pension was not available Friday.
Here are the 19 senators:
Ralph Anderson, D-Greenville; John Courson, R-Columbia; Dick Elliott, D-North Myrtle Beach; Mike Fair, R-Greenville; Robert Ford, D-Charleston; Wes Hayes, R-Rock Hill; John Land, D-Manning; Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence; Phil Leventis, D-Sumter; Larry Martin, R-Pickens; John Matthews, D-Bowman; Glenn McConnell, R-Charleston; Yancey McGill, D-Kingstree; Harvey Peeler, R-Gaffney; Glenn Reese, D-Inman; Mike Rose, R-Summerville; John Scott, D-Columbia; Nikki Setzler, D-West Columbia; David Thomas, R-Greenville.