Friday, April 27, 2012 – 09:00 a.m.

As expected, two measures proposed by Assemblyman Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) related to pension forfeiture and disqualification from office have stalled in an Assembly committee.

AB 1653, the pension forfeiture bill, has been retained in the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee on a 4-2 vote.

AB 1654, is set to be considered by the same committee on May 2.

The measures are designed to prevent non-elected public officials convicted of certain public offenses from receiving pension benefits, holding office or public employment.

Cook says allegations in the criminal case involving a $102 million settlement between San Bernardino County and Colonies Partners L.P. was the motivating factor behind the legislation.

Even though the case is being adjudicated and no convictions have resulted.

Similar legislation previously proposed by Cook met the same fate last year.

Cook is running in the hotly contested 8th Congressional District.