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2013 Senate Bill 175: Undo National Guard pension reform

Public Act 99 of 2013

  1. Introduced by Sen. John Pappageorge (R) on February 12, 2013, to reverse a 2010 reform that eliminated "defined benefit" pensions for future Michigan National Guard commanders and their assistants, and instead provided 401k benefits. The reform was adopted following reports of these "Adjutant Generals" being granted generous state pensions based on limited state service ($78,000 to $133,000 for 1.5 years to 13 years service). The bill would also revise and update many details in the law that establishes the Michigan National Guard’s organization, command, more.
    • Referred to the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs & Homeland Security Committee on February 12, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on May 16, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on May 21, 2013. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on May 21, 2013.
  2. Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on May 22, 2013, to reverse a 2010 reform that eliminated "defined benefit" pensions for future Michigan National Guard commanders and their assistants, and instead provided 401k benefits. The 2010 reform was adopted following reports of these "Adjutant Generals" being granted generous state pensions based on limited state service ($78,000 to $133,000 for 1.5 years to 13 years service). The bill would also revise and update many details in the law that establishes the Michigan National Guard’s organization, command, more.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on May 22, 2013.
    • Referred to the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee on May 22, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on June 5, 2013, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Earl Poleski (R) on June 6, 2013, to adopt a version of the bill that slightly limits eligibility for these benefits compared to the Senate version, and compared to the pre-2010 system. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on June 6, 2013.
  4. Passed 91 to 14 in the House on June 6, 2013, to largely reverse a 2010 reform that eliminated "defined benefit" pensions for future state Adjutant Generals and Assistant Adjutant Generals, and instead provided 401k benefits. The bill would also revise various other Michigan National Guard organizational details. The 2010 reform was adopted following reports of AGs being granted generous state pensions based on limited state service ($78,000 to $133,000 for 1.5 years to 13 years service). The House version of the bill slightly limits eligibility for these benefits compared to the pre-2010 version, but also has several exceptions to the new limits.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on June 11, 2013.
  6. Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 11, 2013.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on July 2, 2013.

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