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Boback Anti-Corruption Bill Reported from House Judiciary Committee
5/25/2011

The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday unanimously reported legislation authored by Rep. Karen Boback (R-Columbia/Luzerne/Wyoming) that would amend the Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act to mandate immediate forfeiture of pension benefits when a plea of guilty or no contest is entered, or when a finding of guilt occurs. 

“When a public corruption case is decided, a guilty party should immediately have his or her public pension taken,” said Boback.  “A person not worthy of the public trust is also not worthy of a public pension.” 

Boback’s House Bill 1567 specifies that withdrawal of the plea by the defendant or the court’s refusal to accept the plea, as well as appeal proceedings, would not affect the pension forfeiture.   

The legislation stems from the “Cash for Kids” scam perpetrated for years by two Luzerne County judges.  Luzerne County is still reeling from the shocking extent of that public corruption case, which initiated a flurry of anti-corruption legislation in the General Assembly. 

Boback introduced similar legislation during the 2009-10 session.  Her proposal passed the House in 2009 as an amendment to House Bill 1182, which stalled in the Senate. 

“The actions of corrupt public officials, unfortunately, will have a far-reaching effect, eroding the public trust,” said Boback.  “I want all elected officials to understand that when you forfeit the community’s trust, you forfeit the benefits provided by public funds.” 

Boback noted that if a person is acquitted, he or she would be eligible to collect a full pension, with interest.   

House Bill 1567 will now go before the House for debate and consideration. 

In other legislative news, Boback’s House Bill 385, which would establish the Honor and Remember Flag as an official Pennsylvania emblem for fallen armed forces personnel and would require the flag to be permanently placed in Soldiers’ Grove near the state Capitol, was reported from the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee on Tuesday.  The legislation was unanimously approved by the House in early April and will now go before the full Senate for consideration. 

More information about Boback and her legislative priorities is available at RepBoback.com and Facebook.com/RepBoback

State Representative Karen Boback
117th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Nicole Wamsley
nwamsley@pahousegop.com
717.783.8063

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