Under the bill, neither the surviving spouse nor the dependent children of a convicted lawmaker would be eligible to continue health care coverage. The bill was amended to include any governor convicted of a felony. The benefits would be stopped on the date of conviction or plea, and the person would not be eligible for any refund of premiums, co-payments or other costs previously paid. In the event that a conviction was later overturned and the person was acquitted, or was granted a full pardon, then the person would be restored all rights in regard to continuation of health care coverage, according to the bill.The State Fiscal Review Office calculated that if a single lawmaker was convicted of a felony during 2008-09, the state would save more than $700,000 over a 25-year period. PardonPower wonders if there might not be greater concern about atrophy in clemency powers if state legislators are required to take a greater interest in the topic via this kind of legislation!
Friday, May 9, 2008
This report discusses consideration of legislation that would end state health benefits for General Assembly lawmakers convicted of a felony. The bill - the byproduct of arrests and convictions of lawmakers involved in the “Tennessee Waltz” federal bribery sting - has alread passed in the State Senate unanimously. According to the report: