(a) Any person who is receiving an allowance from a public retirement system, who is charged by indictment or complaint, either in a court of this state or a federal court whose jurisdiction encompasses all or any portion of the state, with the commission of any felony involving or accepting or giving, or offering to give, any bribe, the embezzlement of public money, extortion or theft of public money, perjury, or conspiracy to commit any of those crimes arising directly out of his or her official duties as a public officer, who has a legal obligation not to leave the jurisdiction of the court, but does leave, shall have his or her retirement allowance suspended while absent the jurisdiction of the court.
(b) The suspension shall be effective the first of the month following the month in which the court notifies the retirement system. The suspension shall be in effect until the retirement system is notified by the court. Upon notification by the court that the suspension has been lifted, the retirement system shall commence payment of the retirement allowance payable and make a onetime payment of the amount payable that had been suspended.
(c) “Public officer,” for the purposes of this section, means every officer of the state, and every officer of a county, city, city and county, district, and authority, and each department, division, bureau, board, commission, agency, or instrumentality of any of these entities.
(d) The suspension shall not affect the payment of any survivor’s benefits by the retirement system.
(e) This section shall apply to persons who served in a public office prior to January 1, 1995, as well as to all persons who serve in a public office on or after January 1, 1995.
(Added by Stats. 1994, Ch. 991, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 1995. See same-numbered section added by Stats. 1980, Ch. 737.)
Last modified: October 25, 2018