President Pro Tempore
Sen. Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: April 14, 2009
Sen. Glenn Coffee
Pension Reform Sent to Governor
The House of Representatives passed SB 899 by Senate
President Pro Tem Glenn
Coffee, which would revoke state retirement benefits from
state or county officers convicted of felonies.
Senate Bill 899 provides that any such officer or
employee shall vacate his or her office or employment upon final
conviction of, or pleading guilty or nolo contendere to a felony.
Also, if such felony violates his or her oath of office the officer
or employee shall forfeit all benefits of the office or employment
including retirement benefits.
“Recently, there have been court cases regarding
retirement benefits being forfeited by elected officials convicted
of a crime, and yet the official was able to keep taxpayer-funded
retirement benefits due to a loophole in the law,” said
Coffee. “We hope Senate Bill 899 closes that loophole forever.”
This legislation specifies that the forfeiture of retirement benefits
will apply to any such officer or employee who, after leaving
the office or employment is convicted of bribery, corruption,
forgery or perjury or any other crime related to the duties of
the office or employment or related to campaign contributions
or campaign financing for that or any other office.
“For too many years now, taxpayers have been
stuck supporting Oklahoma felons,” Coffee added. “If
an elected official or employee who is entrusted by the citizens
of Oklahoma breaches that trust, they should not continue to benefit
from the largesse of the taxpayer.”
Senate Bill 899 will now go to the Governor’s
desk for his signature into law.
For more information contact:
Sen. Coffee's Office: 405-521-5636