Lawmaker Wants To Expand List Of Crimes That Could Cost Public Officials, Employees Their Pensions

A bill aimed at making it more difficult for public officials to keep their tax-payer funded pension when they are convicted of a crime or plead guilty to a crime has been approved by the state Senate Finance Committee. Under current state law there are 32 crimes for which a public employee can lose a pension. But Senator John DiSanto says his bill would require the forfeiture of pension benefits of any public employee who is convicted of or pleads guilty to a job-related felony. The bill would also close a loophole which public officials have used to plead guilty to non-forfeiture crimes, allowing them to keep their pensions.