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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 4, 2018 04:02 PM
From: Senator John DiSanto
To: All Senate members
Subject: Pension Forfeiture for any Job-Related Felony Offense
I will soon reintroduce legislation to strengthen the Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act to require the forfeiture of pension benefits for public employees that are convicted or plead guilty or no contest to any job-related felony offense.

This legislation closes a loophole that allowed convicted former state Sen. Robert Mellow to have his $245,000 a year pension restored despite a guilty plea and serving prison time on federal conspiracy charges--which currently is regarded as a non-pension forfeiture crime. This is just one of many examples of unscrupulous public officials betraying the citizens and forcing taxpayers to pick up the tab.

It is past time to require that all egregious offenders are held accountable and face a financial penalty for violating the public trust. This legislation was previously SB 611 and passed the Senate unanimously. Prior cosponsors were Aument, Folmer, Langerholc, Martin, Rafferty, Vulakovich, White, Wagner, Reschenthaler, McIlhinney, Regan, and Mensch.

Please join me in cosponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as SB113