A bill in Pennsylvania is trying to expand the pension forfeiture law so that all government or school employees who are convicted of crimes must forfeit their pension benefits. While there are currently laws in place, this bill is attempting to expand the current policy to include any employee who is convicted, and not just to wait until the employee is sentenced for the forfeiture to occur.
The Pike County Courier has more on the topic:
Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering a proposal to expand the state law that requires forfeiture of pensions for school and government employees convicted of job-related crimes.
The House voted 188 to 2 on May 18 to require pensions be seized upon conviction rather than waiting until defendants are sentenced.
The proposal also imposes pension forfeiture on those with any felony convictions related to their jobs.
To cover federal offenses, it also applies to convictions that result in a sentence of at least five years.
Current law outlines the crimes that trigger forfeiture, and not all felonies are included.
The bill is currently headed to the state Senate for approval.