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A Measure Could Keep State Elected Officials Convicted of Criminal Offenses from Getting a Pension

February 9, 1998
By: Missy Shelton
State Capital Bureau

No one can deny pension to former House Speaker Bob Griffin despite being convicted of criminal charges involving abuse of power...a measure in the Senate would keep that from happening again.

Missy Shelton has more from Jefferson City.

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Former House Speaker Bob Griffin can still receive his pension despite a criminal conviction involving abuse of power.

But a measure proposed by Senator Rosann Bentley of Springfield would keep that from happening again.

Senator Bentley it's an issue of public trust. [186K WAV file - Actuality-Roseann Bentley]

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OutCue: "should not be considered."
Contents: "We need to rebuild trust in government officials, elected officials and I think one way to do that is to say when a promise is broken, when a contract is broken, then a pension should not be considered."

Senator Bentley says she is not aware of any opposition to the bill.

I'm Missy Shelton in Jefferson City.


Former Missouri House Speaker Bob Griffin can collect his retirement fund even though he's sitting in a federal prison in Florida serving time for criminal convictions involving abuse of power.

Senator Roseann Bentley from Springfield wants to keep any state elected officials convicted of criminal charges relating to duties of office from collecting pensions in the future.

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Contents: "It would not effect Bob Griffin because my bill can't be retroactive."

Senator Bentley says no one has spoken to her about opposition to the measure.

From Jefferson City, I'm Missy Shelton.