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2012 House Bill 5261: Allow more school retiree “double dipping”

Public Act 464 of 2012

  1. Introduced by Rep. Holly Hughes (R) on January 19, 2012, to allow a former school employee to work as a substitute teacher or coach in the district he or she "retired" from and still collect a pension in addition to the substitute or coaching pay. This would also apply if the "retiree" was employed by private firm under contract to provide substitute teachers.
    • Referred to the House Education Committee on January 19, 2012.
      • Reported in the House on September 19, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on November 29, 2012. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on November 29, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Rick Olson (R) on November 29, 2012, to only allow this double dipping exception through July 1, 2014 instead of 2015. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on November 29, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Lisa Brown (D) on November 29, 2012, to require the school district employing the "retiree" to contribute enough to the retirement system enough to cover "all benefits," not just pensions and post-retirement health insurance. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on November 29, 2012.
    • Moved to reconsider by Rep. Jim Stamas (R) on November 29, 2012, the vote by which the House did not adopt the Brown amendment. The motion passed by voice vote in the House on November 29, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Lisa Brown (D) on November 29, 2012, to require the school district employing the "retiree" to contribute enough to the retirement system enough to cover "all benefits," not just pensions and post-retirement health insurance. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on November 29, 2012.
  2. Passed 105 to 1 in the House on November 29, 2012.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on December 4, 2012.
    • Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on December 4, 2012.
      • Reported in the Senate on December 13, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on December 13, 2012. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 13, 2012.
  4. Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on December 13, 2012, to allow a former school employee to work as a substitute teacher, coach or "school improvement facilitator" and still collect a pension in addition to the current pay, subject to specified limitations and qualifications.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on December 13, 2012.
  6. Passed 107 to 0 in the House on December 14, 2012, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 22, 2012.

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