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Senator Strickland's bill failed in Senate

Posted: May 4, 2011 12:39 p.m.
Updated: May 4, 2011 12:39 p.m.

Sacramento, CA -- Senate Bill 115, authored by Sen. Strickland (R-Moorpark) failed in Senate PERs committee with no Democrats supporting the bill.

SB 115 would have required any public 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.

Under SB 115 a public employee convicted of any of the following felonies would lose their pension, similar to an elected official: accepting, giving, or offering to give a bribe, embezzlement of public money, extortion or theft of public money, tampering with a witness, money laundering, preparation of false documents, or conspiracy to commit any of these crimes.

"The real victims in this case are the taxpayers. They are the ones who will have to pay the outrageous pensions of public employees who violate their trust," Sen. Strickland said. "This bill would have been a step in the right direction to eliminate the use of precious taxpayer dollars to pay lifelong pensions of public employees turned convicted felons."

SB 115 was in reaction to corruption in the City of Bell where former city manager Robert Rizzo will eventually receive a huge pension paid for by taxpayers despite possibly being convicted of misappropriation of public funds and falsifying a public document.

"If legislators can't do this simple pension reform - we will have a hard time getting any meaningful reform moving forward," Sen. Strickland added.

Sen. Strickland is available to the media for an interview or comments.

Tony Strickland represents California Senate District 19, which includes portions of Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties.


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