If federal elected officials swindle taxpayers, they do so at the risk of their own pensions, the same is true of judges. But had Senator Tony Strickland had his way, that standard would be applied to state and city officials.

The bill came as a response to the revelation that disgraced former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo would be entitled to his pension, even if he was found guilty of theft and falsifying public documents.

But the Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee voted it down after the chair, Senator Gloria McLeod, said that the punishment was too severe because it affects spouses in addition to the culprit. She was joined by Senators Juan Vargas and Alex Padilla in voting no.

From the Los Angeles Times:

A proposal to strip public pensions from city and state officials convicted of misusing taxpayer money died in a state Senate committee on Monday after some lawmakers and employee groups said it is too severe.

The measure by Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Moorpark) was introduced in response to criminal corruption charges filed against city managers and council members in the city of Bell, including former City Administrator Robert Rizzo.

Strickland’s proposal would have extended the same pension sanctions to city and state managers that already apply to elected officials and judges.

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