Bill Focuses On Elected Officials Retirement Pay

A bill moving through the General Assembly would make elected officials forfeit their retirement pay if they're convicted of corruption or election fraud charges.

A Senate committee today reported favorably on the measure, which lists a series of felonies that could cost lawmakers their pensions. The bill was inspired by the scandal surrounding former House Speaker Jim Black, who resigned his seat in February and entered pleas to federal and state corruption charges.

The pending bill wouldn't affect Black's case, or that of his associate, Representative Michael Decker, who admitted accepting bribes. Because it's unconstitutional to change the rules retroactively, the committee modified the bill to make it apply to any offenses committed after July First of this year. The measure will now go for a vote in the full Senate.