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Bell pension reform measure fails to get support of Democrats and dies in committee vote

May 2, 2011 |  6:00 pm

A proposal to strip public pensions from city and state officials convicted of misusing taxpayer money died in a state Senate committee Monday after some lawmakers and interest groups said it was too severe.

The measure by Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Moorpark) was a response to criminal corruption charges filed against some former city administrators and council members in the city of Bell. Strickland’s proposal would have extended the same pension sanctions to city and state managers that already apply to elected officials and judges.

Two Republicans voted for the bill, but no Democrats did. The Democrats agreed with associations representing firefighters, school employees and state supervisors, which said the measure could harm family members who had done nothing wrong.

Strickland had proposed in Senate Bill 115 that public officials convicted of certain felonies involving their public jobs starting next year forfeit their pensions and have their own contributions to their pension funds returned to them.

-- Patrick McGreevy