Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on April 17, 2013, to increase the amount that school districts and local governments can spend on employee health insurance fringe benefits. The bill amends a 2011 law that (with some exceptions) required employees to contribute at least 20 percent of these benefits’ cost, or alternatively, capped the employer’s costs through a formula that adds up the aggregate amount spent on coverage for individual, individual-plus-spouse, and family plan policies. The bill raises the maximum individual-with-spouse benefits cost in this formula from $11,000 to $13,445 (a 22 percent increase), which would have the effect of raising the maximum spending allowed for all employees. It is co-sponsored by Republican Senators Nofs, Hansen, Marleau, Pappageorge and Jansen.
Referred to the Senate Reforms, Restructuring and Reinventing Committee on April 17, 2013.
Reported in the Senate on June 13, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Referred to the Senate Reforms, Restructuring and Reinventing Committee on December 5, 2013.