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2011 Senate Bill 683: Pre-fund (optional) state retiree health benefits

Public Act 64 of 2012

Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on September 20, 2011 To provide a template or "place holder" for a potential supplemental multidepartment appropriation for Fiscal Year 2011-2012.This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on September 20, 2011
Substitute offered in the Senate on February 16, 2012 To replace the previous version of the bill with one with actual appropriations.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 16, 2012
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on February 21, 2012 To appropriate $250.9 million to "pre-fund" optional post-retirement health insurance benefits the legislature has chosen to give state government retirees. Under current law, these benefits are paid each year out of regular state government revenue. Unlike pensions, the Supreme Court has ruled these are not "accrued benefits" and so may be eliminated or cut at any time; former employees who get them are still eligible for Medicare at age 65.
Received in the House on February 21, 2012
Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on February 21, 2012
Reported in the House on February 29, 2012 With the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the House on March 8, 2012
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on March 8, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Ellen Lipton (D) on March 8, 2012 To automatically transfer any unspent money in the state "general fund" to the state "school aid fund" at the end of the fiscal year.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 8, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Chuck Moss (R) on March 8, 2012 To revise details of fund transfers specified in the bill.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 8, 2012
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on March 13, 2012 (same description)
To appropriate $250.9 million to "pre-fund" optional post-retirement health insurance benefits the legislature has chosen to give state government retirees. Under current law, these benefits are paid each year out of regular state government revenue. Unlike pensions, the Supreme Court has ruled these are not "accrued benefits" and so may be eliminated or cut at any time; former employees who get them are still eligible for Medicare at age 65.
Received in the Senate on March 14, 2012
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on March 14, 2012 To concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on March 27, 2012

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