From the Morning  Memo:

Democratic lawmakers in the state Assembly this weekend introduced a revised and more tightly proscribed version of a constitutional amendment that would strip pension and retiree benefits from public officials who are convicted of a crime.

The changes came after labor unions raised issues with the initial version of the amendment, which they said was far too broad in its scope and could impact lower level civil servants.

The new proposal is far longer and offers precise definitions for a public official as including state and local elected officials, judges, political appointees of the governor as well board members who sit on entities such as public benefit corporations or authorities.

Those officials would have to be convicted of a felony in order to lose their pension benefits.

Senate Republicans in March approved a shorter, more direct version of the amendment as part of a broader agreement on the $142 billion state budget.

But Assembly Democrats balked at the changes in early hours of April 1, the start of the state’s fiscal year, saying an amendment would be taken up afar they returned from the Albany break.

It was later revealed several public employee unions had come forward to raise questions about how the amendment could impact their leadership. Other lawmakers have raised issued with the original amendment’s wording as well, saying it could impact officials convicted of crimes other than corruption.

Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heasite has insisted his chamber will pass a pension forfeiture amendment before the end of the session, which is scheduled to conclude next month.

“We’ve made an agreement that we will pass a constitutional amendment resolution on pension forfeiture and we still believe we’re going to do that,” Heastie said this month. “We’re speaking with the governor. There’s a little bit of a delay and we’re starting to engage with the Senate. But we’ve made very clear we will not leave here in June without passing something with pension forfeiture.”