A bill sponsored by Representative Frank Farry of the 142nd district would prevent public servants from collecting their pensions if convicted of a felony. It was approved by the Senate Finance Committee this week.

Originally authored by former Rep. Scott Petri, who resigned in 2017 to oversee the Philadelphia Parking Authority, House Bill 939 aims to combat corruption within Pennsylvania’s government.

The act amends a current law known as the Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act, which can allow public officials to avoid losing their pensions if they make a plea deal.

“Public officials would not be able to avoid losing their taxpayer-paid pension by pleading guilty to a lesser crime as we have seen in some high-profile cases over time,” Farry said of the bill if it were signed into law. “Unfortunately, Pennsylvania has a long history of public corruption.”

The bill now moves to the Senate for an eventual vote.