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State Senator Dave Burke (R- Marysville) announced he has recently introduced Senate Bill 214, legislation that would require a public retirement system to comply with a restitution order following the conviction of a public employee for certain offenses committed in the course of public employment, such as theft in office. "When a public employee commits a crime during the course of their duties, they can and should be held accountable for their actions," Burke said. "This bill will help to ensure that these individuals are not able to profit from their illegal activities and that restitution is paid to the victims." Burke introduced the legislation after learning about a situation in Sandusky County in which a former school superintendent pled guilty to theft in office charges. As part of his sentence, the individual was ordered to forfeit their retirement benefits in the State Teachers Retirement System to make restitution to the school district. However, the school district has not yet received any of the funds owed it because current Ohio law requires a signature before a public retirement system will comply with a restitution order for the member's contributions. Senate Bill 214 would apply to all of Ohio's public retirement systems. It would also require the clerk of the court in which the restitution order is issued to send a certified copy of the order to the appropriate retirement system. The bill will now be formally assigned to a Senate committee for further review.
Senator Burke represents the 26th Ohio Senate District, which encompasses all of Crawford, Logan, Marion, Sandusky, Union and Wyandot counties as well as portions of Ottawa and Seneca counties. For more information, please visit www.ohiosenate.gov/dave-burke.
 
 
 
  
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