The Vermont House has advanced a proposal to block public employees convicted of certain crimes from collecting their full pensions.
The bill would allow a court to order the forfeiture of pensions if a former employee is convicted of fraud or embezzlement.
Governor Peter Shumlin made the proposal following revelations last year that a long-time Vermont State Police employee had been padding his overtime reports.
Pensions typically are based on a person’s last three years of income. The legislation would guard against pensions being paid out when that income was improperly inflated.