Pennsylvania Senate votes to update pension forfeiture law

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The Pennsylvania Senate has approved legislation to expand the list of crimes that strip public officials of their taxpayer-funded pensions.

Senate Bill 113 would require pension forfeiture if a public employee or official is found guilty, pleads guilty, or pleads no contest to any felony offense related to their employment.

Under current law, only about a dozen crimes automatically trigger pension forfeiture.

State Sen. John DiSanto (R-Dauphin/Perry) said his proposal would close a loophole that allows public officials to keep their pensions by pleading guilty to non-forfeiture crimes.

The legislation also requires courts to report criminal convictions to state pension boards.

DiSanto’s bill passed the Senate last session but did not get a final vote in the House.

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