By Staff Report
Alabama Political Reporter
From the Office of Senator Arthur Orr
MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Senate today passed a measure that would stop convicted public officials and public employees from receiving taxpayer-funded pension benefits.
Senate Bill 213, sponsored by Senator Arthur Orr, requires public employees who plead guilty or are convicted of a felony offense related to the performance of duties in office to forfeit the taxpayer-funded portion and any interest or gains of their retirement benefits.
Senator Orr said a former two-year college chancellor is one example – unfortunately among many – who kept getting his $132,000-a-year state pension after pleading guilty to taking bribes and kickbacks while in office.
“When a public official violates the trust of those they are intended to serve, the last thing we need to do is reward them with taxpayer-funded retirement benefits,” said Senator Orr. “Not only will this serve as a deterrent to those who might break the law in the future, but it is a step in the right direction toward restoring public trust in state government.”
Senator Bryan Taylor (R-Prattville) commended Senator Orr and members of the Senate for passing this legislation without opposition.
“The people of Alabama deserve a government that’s accountable, honest and ensures taxpayer resources are spent responsibly,” Senator Taylor said. “Clear violations of the public’s trust should come with consequences and that’s exactly what this bill puts in place.”