Pennsylvania Governor Signs Bill that Forfeits Pension of Public Servants Convicted of Crimes

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Additionally, the Governor said, “Closing this loophole is an important step in ensuring public officials and employees who betray the people of Pennsylvania are held accountable.”

New Pennsylvania law ensures public servants who abuse power will face financial penalty

On the other hand, Pennsylvania State Senator John DiSanto, the primary sponsor of the bill said elected officials and employees are now “on notice that they will no longer be able to abuse their power and walk away with taxpayer-funded pension.”

The lawmaker added that the legislation ensures that those who violate public trust will face financial penalty. It will also return people’s faith in government institutions.

Meanwhile, Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella, commented that public servants who abuse people’s trust don’t deserve taxpayer-funded retirement benefits. He said, “As elected officials, it’s our job to work in the public interest, not our own.”