Pension forfeiture law vote goes through Pennsylvania Senate

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The Pennsylvania State Senate voted to update the list of crimes that would strip lawmakers of their pensions.

Senate Bill 113 amended the Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act, “further providing for definitions, for disqualification and forfeiture of benefits and for restitution for monetary loss; and repealing a retroactivity provision.”

Under the law’s current state only about a dozen crimes could lead to a lawmaker forfeiting their pension.

Senator John DiSanto of the 15th District introduced the legislation, which will now head to the State House, who previously rejected the proposal.

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. 

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