Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella today issued the following statement on the recent vote by the state House of Representatives passing House Bill 939, sponsored by state Representative Petri, which mandates pension forfeiture for any felony or crime punishable by five years or more. The Senate is considering a similar proposal, Senate Bill 611, sponsored by state Senator DiSanto.
“I applaud the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for its recent passage of HB 939 by an overwhelming margin, and urge the Senate to support this long overdue piece of legislation. Pennsylvania has been plagued by a disturbing pattern of public corruption, and it’s critical that we send a clear message: those who violate the public trust should not receive public pensions, period. As a new member of the state’s pension boards, I’ve been deeply troubled by cases where convicted felons seek to receive taxpayer-funded pensions. Pennsylvanians deserve better—it’s time to close any loopholes. Representative Petri and Senator DiSanto have the right idea in sponsoring these bills, and I strongly support this important legislation.”
Pennsylvania Treasurer, Joe Torsella