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2011 House Bill 5086: Ban government sending payroll PAC money to union

Public Act 31 of 2012

  1. Introduced by Rep. Paul Opsommer (R) on October 18, 2011, to prohibit the state, school districts and local governments from deducting money from an employee’s paycheck and contributing it to a union Political Action Committee (PAC). The bill would grant residents the right to sue for violations.
    • Referred to the House Redistricting and Elections Committee on October 18, 2011.
      • Reported in the House on December 6, 2011, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on December 7, 2011, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on December 7, 2011.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. David Nathan (D) on December 7, 2011, to impose addtional disclosures, disclaimers and campaign finance reporting for political "independent expenditures" by corporations. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 7, 2011.
  2. Passed 62 to 46 in the House on December 8, 2011.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on December 13, 2011.
    • Referred to the Senate Local Government & Elections Committee on December 13, 2011.
      • Reported in the Senate on February 7, 2012, with the recommendation that the amendment be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Amendment offered in the Senate on February 8, 2012, to clarify details of who could sue in the case of violations. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 8, 2012.
  4. Passed 26 to 12 in the Senate on February 14, 2012, to prohibit the state, school districts and local governments from deducting money from an employee’s paycheck and contributing it to a union Political Action Committee (PAC). The bill would grant residents the right to sue for violations.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on February 14, 2012.
  6. Passed 62 to 45 in the House on February 15, 2012.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on February 28, 2012.

Comments

Re: 2011 House Bill 5086 (Ban government sending payroll PAC money to union )  by harrynevus on February 8, 2012 

 


 Why do it?  Because this is one of the things payroll departments do in this country.  They set up automatic deductons for credit union/bank deposits, loan payments, United Way contributons,  wage garnishments, child support, IRS levies, union initiation fees, union dues, and so on.  But they don't care about these deductions.  These don't bother them at all.


So, let's call it what it is.  This is a republican controlled legislature sending bills to a republican governor and this involves unionized employees that decided to have a deduction of a dollar amount of their choosing, sent to a Political Action Committee.  Since members of unions are traditionally Democratic supporters, this republican legislature is saying, "Yep, THIS is where we draw the line.  "WE" will not condone or participate in any fundraising for the Democrats."


So, you're right.  Maybe we shouldn't have payroll staff enter ANY of these personal- choice deductions for ANY public employee.  They can all write checks to the United Fund, drop their deposit off at the bank, etc. 


But when the legislature selects one specific deduction to prohibit, it's discriminatory.  Automatic payroll deductions aren't illegal, and contributions to PACS aren't illegal, but payroll deductions of PAC contributions are (or soon will be) illegal. 


It's not only discriminatory, but it's a clear example of elected officials using their power and position to benefit themselves with no thought or concern for the citizens' needs or desires.   I'd love to see what the AG says about this peice of crap legislation, or better yet, watch the Supreme Court try to squirm around it.



Re: 2011 House Bill 5086 (Ban government sending payroll PAC money to union )  by inform4 on October 30, 2011 

This only makes sense.  Why should we have taxpayer fed payroll staff
making deductions from union public employee paychecks to fund PAC's?  
Let the public employee who is in a union take the responsibility to
personally decide to write a check themselves to a union PAC.



2011 House Bill 5086 (Ban government sending payroll PAC money to union )  by admin on January 1, 2001 
Introduced in the House on October 18, 2011

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