“Public Corruption Act” and “Elected Official Pension Forfeiture” Need Your Support!

Posted by Heather Ferguson and Viki Harrison on January 28, 2018

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On Tuesday, January 30th, HB 109 Public Corruption Act and HB 111 Elected Official Pension Forfeiture will be heard in the House State Government, Indian and Veteran’s Affairs Committee.

HB 109 and HB 111 are sponsored by Rep. Matthew McQueen (D-Santa Fe) and Sen. Mark Moores (R-Albuquerque).

HB 109 creates a “Public Corruption Act” and would require elected public officials who are found guilty, plead guilty or nolo contender to offenses enumerated in the act to forfeit a portion or all of the service credits earned during the time the person served as public official or campaigned for public office, or refund any portion of the pension benefits received that are attributable to the time the public official was in office when an offense under the Public Corruption Act was committed. 

HB 111 is a complimentary bill to HB 109 and adds a new section to the Public Employees Retirement Act that requires the forfeiture of retirement service credit earned while serving in an elected office if the elected official is found guilty of, pleads guilty to, or agrees to a plea but does not admit guilt to a corruption offense committed while campaigning for an office or serving as an elected official. 

House State Government, Indian and Veteran’s Affairs Committee 

If your State Representative is on this committee, please call them today to ask for their vote! 

Here are the members of this committee, with links to contact information: 

Representative Georgene Louis

Representative Rodolpho "Rudy" S. Martinez

Representative Sharon Clahchischilliage

Representative Yvette Herrell

Representative D. Wonda Johnson

Representative Derrick J. Lente

Representative William "Bill" R. Rehm

Representative Dennis J. Roch

Representative G. Andrés Romero

As always, thanks for checking in and lending your voice to help us build a healthier democracy! 

Office: Common Cause National, Common Cause New Mexico

Issues: Ethics, Ethics

Tags: Putting Ethics Into Action, State Ethics

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