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2011 House Bill 4929: Ban using public school resources to deduct union dues

Public Act 53 of 2012

  1. Introduced by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on September 8, 2011, to prohibit school districts from using taxpayer resources (including their payroll processing systems) to deduct union dues or fees from employees’ pay, and then sending the money to a union. This practice is the current norm, so the bill would require unions to make alternative arrangements to collect dues or fees from school employees. Under a recent Michigan Supreme Court ruling (MEA vs. Land), districts are already prohibited from deducting employee pay and sending it to a union political action committee.
    • Referred to the House Oversight, Reform, and Ethics Committee on September 8, 2011.
      • Reported in the House on September 13, 2011, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
  2. Passed 55 to 53 in the House on September 15, 2011, to prohibit school districts from using taxpayer resources (including their payroll processing systems) to deduct union dues or fees from employees’ pay, and then sending the money to a union. This practice is the current norm, so the bill would require unions to make alternative arrangements to collect dues or fees from school employees. Under a recent Michigan Supreme Court ruling (MEA vs. Land), districts are already prohibited from deducting employee pay and sending it to a union political action committee.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on September 20, 2011.
    • Referred to the Senate Reforms, Restructuring and Reinventing Committee on September 20, 2011.
      • Reported in the Senate on March 7, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on March 7, 2012, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that adds a modest appropriation, which under a state Supreme Court ruling several years ago, has the effect of making it "referendum-proof." See House Joint Resolution W for an explanation. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 7, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on March 7, 2012, to allow school districts to still use their payroll systems to extract union dues and fees from employee paychecks, if the union pays for this privilege. The amendment failed 19 to 19 in the Senate on March 7, 2012.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  4. Passed 20 to 18 in the Senate on March 7, 2012, to prohibit school districts from using taxpayer resources (including their payroll processing systems) to deduct union dues or fees from employees’ pay, and then sending the money to a union. This practice is the current norm, so the bill would require unions to make alternative arrangements to collect dues or fees from school employees. The Senate added a modest appropriation, which has the effect of making it "referendum-proof." See House Joint Resolution W for an explanation.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on March 7, 2012.
  6. Passed 56 to 54 in the House on March 7, 2012, to prohibit school districts from using taxpayer resources (including their payroll processing systems) to deduct union dues or fees from employees’ pay, and then sending the money to a union. This practice is the current norm, so the bill would require unions to make alternative arrangements to collect dues or fees from school employees. The Senate added a modest appropriation, which has the effect of making it "referendum-proof".
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on March 15, 2012.

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