Keller Legislation Would Close Pension Forfeiture Loophole for Felons
6/14/2012
MIFFLINBURG – Rep. Fred Keller (R-85) has introduced legislation to expand the scope of Pennsylvania’s Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act.

“The current list of offenses which trigger forfeiture of a public pension is not broad enough in scope,” said Keller. “For example, the conviction for rape or any other sexual offense graded as a felony will trigger forfeiture, but only if the offender is a school employee and the victim is a student. As for elected officials, pension forfeiture does not occur unless public office was used in some way to facilitate the crime.”

If enacted, House Bill 2469 would ensure that any public employee or public official convicted of a felony, whether under Pennsylvania or Federal law, would automatically forfeit his or her pension.

“As currently written, Pennsylvania’s Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act fails to revoke the pension of those who commit the most heinous crimes,” said Keller. “House Bill 2469 will guarantee that any public employee or official who violates the public trust will automatically forfeit his or her taxpayer-funded pension.”

House Bill 2469 has been referred to the House State Government Committee. For the latest legislative updates, visit www.RepFredKeller.com.

State Representative Fred Keller
85th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Ty McCauslin
tmccausl@pahousegop.com
717.772.9979
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