Digital News Report – (Sacramento, CA) – On Friday Senate Bill 115, authored by Sen. Strickland (R-Moorpark) was introduced.
SB 115 would require any public officer or employee who has been convicted of a felony for conduct arising directly out of his or her professional duties to forfeit public pension benefits.
Current law applies only to elected officials who are convicted of certain felonies. SB 115 extends current law to include any public servant, elected or otherwise.
“With the City of Bell scandal, people focus on the salaries, but it’s really the pensions that bleed the taxpayers dry and last a lifetime,” Sen. Strickland said. “The City of Bell scandal has made it abundantly clear that legislation was needed to address this problem.”
“Public employees can no longer violate the public trust and then use taxpayers’ money for their own personal benefit,” Sen. Strickland added. “The corruption in the public pension system has gone on way too long and my legislation is a good first step in righting that wrong.”
Sen. Strickland is available to the media for an interview or comments.