Moylan Legislation Ending Taxpayer-Funded Pensions for Lobbyists Passes Committee

“It’s time to stop giving perks to lobbyists and stop wasting hard-earned tax dollars on those who don’t work on behalf of the taxpayer,” Moylan said. “Lobbyists exist to serve their clients, not the taxpayers, and this should preclude them from participating in the public pension system.”

House Bill 4259 would prohibit non-governmental organizations, like lobbying firms, from participating in the public pension systems. Moylan has previously voted for legislation that would end the ability of lobbyists to collect public pensions. That bill was part of the larger pension reform bill which became law in late 2013. The Illinois Supreme Court recently declared that law unconstitutional based on other provisions.

The bill was partly inspired by a June 30, 2015 Daily Herald article which detailed how the privately employed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Illinois Association of Park Districts will receive a six figure public pension upon retirement. Upon taking office, Moylan himself refused to accept a taxpayer-funded pension and supports eliminating free health care for life for retired politicians.

“Reforming the pension system should begin with common sense proposals that restore fairness for taxpayers,” Moylan said. “Lobbyists, some of whom make upward of $500,000 per year, have no business collecting a taxpayer funded pension.”

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