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2011 House Bill 4087: End post-retirement health coverage for new legislators

Public Act 200 of 2011

Introduced by Rep. Joel Johnson (R) on January 18, 2011 To end the post-retirement health care insurance coverage provided to legislators, but only for those elected after November 1, 2010. Under current law, former legislators who have served six years get full health coverage beginning at age 55. Note: In the past decade 26 bills have been introduced to end or reduce this benefit, and different versions have passed the House and Senate five times, but never the same version.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Oversight, Reform, and Ethics Committee on January 18, 2011
Reported in the House on June 15, 2011 With the recommendation that the substitute (H-4) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the House on June 22, 2011 To replace the previous version of the bill with one that repeals the benefit for those who first took office on or after Jan. 1, 2007. Reportedly, just eight current lawmakers will still qualify under the House-passed bill (Sens. Anderson, Green, Jansen, Pappageorge, Richardville, Robertson and Whitmer, and Rep. Jud Gilbert).
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on June 22, 2011
Amendment offered by Rep. Dian Slavens (D) on June 22, 2011 To repeal the benefit for all current legislators. Reportedly, eight current lawmakers will still qualify under the House-passed bill (Sens. Anderson, Green, Jansen, Pappageorge, Richardville, Robertson and Whitmer, and Rep. Jud Gilbert).
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 22, 2011
Passed 107 to 3 in the House on June 23, 2011 To end the post-retirement health care insurance coverage provided to legislators, but only for those who first took office on or after Jan. 1, 2007. (Reportedly, just eight current lawmakers would still be eligible.) Under current law, former legislators who have served six years get full health coverage beginning at age 55. Note: In the past decade 26 bills have been introduced to end or reduce this benefit, and different versions have passed the House and Senate five times, but never the same version.
Received in the Senate on June 28, 2011
Referred to the Senate Reforms, Restructuring and Reinventing Committee on June 28, 2011
Reported in the Senate on October 6, 2011 With the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on October 5, 2011 To adopt a version of the bill that would eliminate the retirement benefits for any legislators who have not completed at least six years in the legislature before January 1, 2013.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on October 5, 2011
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on October 5, 2011 To end the post-retirement health care insurance coverage provided to legislators, but only for those who have not completed at least six years in the legislature before January 1, 2013. Reportedly, this means 36 out of 38 Senators would still get the benefits, plus 14 out of 109 currently in the House. Under current law, former legislators who have served six years get full health coverage beginning at age 55.
Received in the House on October 5, 2011
Amendment offered by Rep. Chuck Moss (R) on October 6, 2011 To exclude more current legislators from the benefits by moving the deadline to an earlier date.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on October 6, 2011
Amendment offered by Rep. Douglas Geiss (D) on October 6, 2011 To exclude more current legislators from the benefits by moving the deadline to an earlier date.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on October 6, 2011
Amendment offered by Rep. Douglas Geiss (D) on October 6, 2011 To limit the benefits to legislators who have 30 years of service.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on October 6, 2011
Substitute offered by Rep. Dian Slavens (D) on October 6, 2011 To eliminate the benefit for all current legislators.
The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on October 6, 2011
Passed 96 to 11 in the House on October 6, 2011 To end the post-retirement health care insurance coverage provided to legislators, but only for those who have not completed at least six years in the legislature before January 1, 2013. Reportedly, this means 36 out of 38 Senators would still get the benefits, plus 14 out of 109 current House members. Under current law, former legislators who have served six years get full health coverage beginning at age 55.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on October 18, 2011

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