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Pa. Senate passes pension forfeiture bill, report

By: - February 5, 2019 2:35 pm

A quick one from our colleagues at Capitolwire, who report this morning that the Senate has approved legislation that would expand the list of offenses that would require public employees and officials to forfeit their pension benefits.

According to Capitolwire, “the legislation would expand the list of convictions to include any felony conviction, guilty plea or no contest plea related to an official’s job. It would end the practice where someone pleads guilty to lesser crimes than what they were charged with to avoid losing their pension.”

The bill is sponsored by Sen. John DiSanto, R-Dauphin, who says it’ll strengthen the state’s anti-corruption laws, Capitolwire reported.

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John L. Micek
John L. Micek

A 3-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press.

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