Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Governor Signs Bill to Strip Pensions from Disgraced Politicians

State Rep. Jason Nelson, R-Oklahoma City, issued the following statement today in response to Gov. Brad Henry’s signing of Senate Bill 899. The legislation, carried in the House by Nelson, forces public officials to forgo a state pension if they are convicted of a crime related to abuse of office. The bill applies to any felony for bribery, corruption, forgery, perjury or any other crime related to their office.

“Oklahoma has seen more than its fair share of crooked politicians. Now those individuals will not have a golden parachute financed by the taxpayers when they are finally caught and convicted. I appreciate Gov. Brad Henry’s support of this important reform.

“Elected officials will be held to a higher standard under this law.”
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