I am pleased to send you my Session Wrap Up e-newsletter. This e-newsletter features events and legislative activities from the Session Week of January 28, 2019.
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Finance Committee Approves Pension Forfeiture Measure
The Senate Finance Committee, which I chair, held its first meeting of the 2019-20 Legislative Session on Tuesday. We approved a bill that would require the forfeiture of pension benefits for public employees who are convicted or plead guilty or no contest to any job-related felony offense.
Senate Bill 113, a measure introduced by Senator John DiSanto, closes a loophole that allowed convicted former state Sen. Robert Mellow to have his $245,000 a year pension restored despite a guilty plea and serving prison time on federal conspiracy charges–which currently is regarded as a non-pension forfeiture crime.
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved Senate Bill 113 on Wednesday. The bill mandates the forfeiture of pension benefits for public employees who are convicted or plead guilty or no contest to any job-related felony offense.
The Senate State Government Committee approved three bills on Tuesday.
Senate Bill 9 designates the Eastern Hellbender as Pennsylvania’s state amphibian.
Senate Bill 26 releases Project 70 restrictions on lands owned by the Borough of Topton, Berks County, in exchange for the imposition of the restrictions on other lands to be acquired by the borough.
Senate Bill 130 releases a use restriction and reversionary interest affecting a property located partly in the Township of Mahoning and partly in the Borough of Danville in Montour County.
Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness
The Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee approved two bills on Tuesday.
Senate Bill 127 reauthorizes Pennsylvania’s 911 Law, which is set to expire on June 30, 2019.
Senate Bill 128 codifies the Civil Air Patrol’s state operations in Title 51 under the leadership of the Adjutant General.