Santa Fe – Today, a bill to add more accountability to those in publicly elected positions passed the House Judiciary Committee. House Bill 169, sponsored by Rep. Matthew McQueen (D-Galisteo), would remove the pension of an elected official if they are convicted of abusing their position of power.
“Elected officials are in a position of trust and if that trust is abused, New Mexicans deserve to know that they will be held accountable,” Rep. Matthew McQueen. “We need to hold our elected officials to a higher standard to restore trust and transparency in our government.”
House Bill 169 would require that upon conviction of ‘public corruption,’ a public official would become ineligible to receive a Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) pension in addition to the penalties of the specific crime they are convicted of. The bill gives a list of crimes that would require an elected official’s pension to be revoked if they are ultimately convicted.
House Bill 169 now moves to the House Floor for consideration.