|Posted:||January 8, 2019 10:16 AM|
|From:||Representative Frank A. Farry|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act (Prior HB 939)|
|In the near future, I will be reintroducing House Bill 939. The legislation amends the Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act and passed the House last session by a vote of 190-1. Simply put, the bill provides that forfeiture of a pension occurs for any offense under the laws of the Commonwealth graded as a felony. In order for forfeiture to occur, there must be a nexus or link between the public employment or office and the crime committed.
As currently written, the Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act permits a public employee or public official to plead guilty to a non-forfeiture crime in order to avoid pension forfeiture. For example, this means that pleading guilty to an offense graded as a felony under the Ethics Act will permit the defendant to keep the pension. I believe any offense committed through the public office or employment which is graded as a felony should trigger forfeiture.
Please join me in sponsoring this important piece of legislation.
Introduced as HB59