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San Francisco Criminals Forfeit Retirement, Proposition C (June 2008)

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A San Francisco Forfeiture of Retirement Benefits for Conviction of a Crime Involving Moral Turpitude in Connection with City Employment, Measure C ballot question was on the June 3, 2008 ballot in San Francisco, California, where it was approved.[1]

Proposition C amended the San Francisco charter so that city and county employees convicted of certain crimes including those involving moral turpitude shall forfeit the retirement benefits to which they would otherwise be entitled. The measure was placed on the ballot by a vote of the county supervisors.

San Francisco has barred employees convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude -- such as theft, fraud or the breach of public trust - from collecting employer-funded retirement benefits since 1966. A recent court decision regarding the 1966 law determined that morally turpitudinous employees could still collect disability claims and "vesting allowances." Proposition C was intended to close that loophole by making it explicit that these benefits are not available to criminal convicts.

Election results

Proposition C
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 91,924 58.07%
No66,37941.93%
These final, certified, election results are from the San Francisco elections office.

Support

Supervisor Bevan Dufty, who is gay and was a supporter of Proposition C, was dismissive of the idea that the retirement benefits of gay people might be in any way imperiled by Proposition C, saying that the measure applies to criminals, not gay people. "From a legal standpoint, I don't think it means anything more than people who violate city laws are going to have repercussions."

Opposition

Supervisor Chris Daly and the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club were opposed to Proposition C on the grounds that the phrase "moral turpitude" has been used by courts to discriminate against gay people. Some opponents also said the measure could vilify hard-working public employees.

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Proposition C: "Shall the City prohibit San Francisco Employees' Retirement System members who are convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude in connection with their employment from receiving any retirement benefits funded with employer contributions?"

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