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Senate Democrats Again Block Beck Bill to Prevent Pensions for Corrupt Government Officials

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) took action today to have the New Jersey Senate vote on legislation she sponsors to prevent corrupt government officials from collecting public pensions. Her effort was immediately blocked by the majority Senate Democrats.

Senate Democrats blocked a vote on legislation sponsored by Sen. Jennifer Beck that would forfeit the pensions of corrupt government officials. (Wikimedia Commons)

“I’ve introduced the same bill to punish government corruption since 2008, and it’s astonishing that Senate Democrats have continued to block the bill from moving forward for so long,” added Beck. “On several occasions over the past year, I have urged the chairman of the Senate State Government Committee to allow this ‘good government’ bill to be heard in committee. That request has been repeatedly ignored, so I took action today to try to move the bill forward.”

Beck’s legislation, S-1557, provides for the full forfeiture of public pensions for elected and appointed government officials convicted of any crime touching their office.

The Asbury Park Press did a great feature on this problem noting that more than 40 convicted criminals are collecting state pension checks of up to $83,000 per year,” Beck noted. “As they found, more than a million dollars a year is paid out to convicted officials, including those found guilty of federal corruption charges.”

Her effort to make S-1557 the “Order of the Day” in the Senate, which would allow for a vote by the full body, was immediately tabled by Democrats in a 20-13 vote along party lines.

“It’s insane that some people convicted of corruption have actually received their pension checks in jail,” added Beck. “I’m not sure who Senate Democrats are trying to protect by blocking my legislation, but it’s certainly not taxpayers.”

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