Introduced by Rep. Richard Hammel (D) on January 22, 2009, to create a contractual right of state employees to post-retirement health benefits. Although the state and local governments have said over the years that they would pay these benefits, various courts have ruled that these are not enforceable obligations in the manner that pensions are, and no funding has been set aside to pay them. The bill would establish an irrevocable pre-funding trust fund. It authorizes contributions from state appropriations, employer and employee contriutions, and other sources, but does not require these.
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on January 22, 2009.
Reported in the House on February 25, 2009, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-4) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the House on March 4, 2009, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance of the bill as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on March 4, 2009.
Substitute offered by Rep. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on March 4, 2009, to adopt a version that does not create a contractual right of state employees to post-retirement health benefits, but does set up a pre-funding trust fund for amounts the state does pay. The substitute failed 41 to 67 in the House on March 4, 2009. Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"