Governor Urges Pension Reform After Police Case

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Gov. Peter Shumlin says he’s going to push for pension reform legislation in the aftermath of the case in which a former state police trooper was charged with padding his time sheets.

Shumlin made the announcement Wednesday during a news conference where he and Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn discussed other needed changes.

Last summer, former Sgt. Jim Deeghan was charged with claiming overtime he never worked.

The legislation being proposed by Shumlin would ensure that public employees forfeit some or all of their pensions if they are convicted of certain crimes. It would not apply to the Deeghan case.

Other state officials say they would work to ensure the legislation is passed in the session that gets under way next week.

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