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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: April 22, 2014 11:48 AM
From: Senator Scott Wagner
To: All Senate members
Subject: Resolution condemning the hanging of portraits of convicted felons
In the near future, I will be introducing a resolution regarding the hanging of portraits in the state Capitol honoring lawmakers who have been convicted of felonies relating to the abuse of their public office. Act 140 of 1978 requires state lawmakers convicted of certain felonies to forfeit their pension benefit, yet we honor some of these same individuals with portraits in our state Capitol. While I recognize that many of these individuals have played critical roles in our Commonwealth’s history and it is impractical to leave them out of that history, I believe that to revere them with portraits is a line that we should not cross.

My resolution will call for an end to this practice in the Senate and urge our colleagues in the House of Representatives to resolve the same.

If you have questions regarding this resolution, please contact Erin Marsicano in my office at 717-787-3817 or emarsicano@pasen.gov.