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PRINTER'S NO. 1959
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
1311
Session of
2020
INTRODUCED BY ARNOLD, MENSCH, PHILLIPS-HILL, PITTMAN AND
STEFANO, SEPTEMBER 18, 2020
REFERRED TO FINANCE, SEPTEMBER 18, 2020
AN ACT
Amending the act of July 8, 1978 (P.L.752, No.140), entitled "An
act providing for the forfeiture of the pensions of certain
public employees and authorizing the State or political
subdivision to garnish the pension benefits of certain public
officers and employees upon conviction of certain criminal
activity related to their office or position of employment,"
further providing for definitions and for disqualification
and forfeiture of benefits.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Section 2 of the act of July 8, 1978 (P.L.752,
No.140), known as the Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act, is
amended by adding a definition to read:
Section 2. Definitions.
The following words and phrases when used in this act shall
have, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, the
meanings given to them in this section:
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"Crime of moral turpitude." An offense set forth under the
following:
(1) 18 Pa.C.S. § 2501 (relating to criminal homicide).
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(2) 18 Pa.C.S. § 2502 (relating to murder).
(3) 18 Pa.C.S. § 2503 (relating to voluntary manslaughter).
(4) 18 Pa.C.S. § 2506 (relating to drug delivery resulting
in death).
(5) 18 Pa.C.S. § 2507 (relating to criminal homicide of law
enforcement officer).
(6) 18 Pa.C.S. § 2603 (relating to criminal homicide of
unborn child).
(7) 18 Pa.C.S. § 2604 (relating to murder of unborn child).
(8) 18 Pa.C.S. § 2605 (relating to voluntary manslaughter of
unborn child).
(9) 18 Pa.C.S. § 2606 (relating to aggravated assault of
unborn child).
(10) 18 Pa.C.S. § 2901 (relating to kidnapping).
(11) An offense listed under 18 Pa.C.S. Ch. 31, Subch. B
(relating to definition of offenses related to sexual offenses).
(12) 18 Pa.C.S. § 6312 (relating to sexual abuse of
children).
(13) 18 Pa.C.S. § 6319 (relating to solicitation of minors
to traffic drugs).
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Section 2. Section 3(a) of the act, amended March 28, 2019
(P.L.1, No.1), is amended to read:
Section 3. Disqualification and forfeiture of benefits.
(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no public
official or public employee nor any beneficiary designated by
such public official or public employee shall be entitled to
receive any retirement or other benefit or payment of any kind
except a return of the contribution paid into any pension fund
without interest, if such public official or public employee is
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found guilty of a crime:
(1) related to public office or public employment or pleads
guilty or nolo contendere to any crime related to public office
or public employment[.]; or
(2) of moral turpitude or pleads guilty or nolo contendere
to a crime of moral turpitude, which was committed during the
term of office or employment of the public official or public
employee.
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Section 3. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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