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2009 House Bill 4248: Allow "double dipping" for corrections pensioners

Public Act 54 of 2010

  1. Introduced by Rep. Alma Smith (D) on February 11, 2009, to allow "retired" state prison health care employees to collect a pension while also getting paid to do Corrections work if the job is temporary, paid on a per-diem basis, and has no (additional) benefits.
    • Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on February 11, 2009.
    • Reported in the House on March 4, 2009, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
  2. Passed 98 to 6 in the House on March 5, 2009.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on March 10, 2009.
    • Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 10, 2009.
      • Reported in the Senate on March 11, 2010, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on March 16, 2010, 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 Senate on March 16, 2010.
  4. Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on March 17, 2010, to allow "retired" state prison health care employees to collect a pension while also getting paid to do Corrections work if the job is temporary, paid on a per-diem basis, and has no (additional) benefits.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on March 17, 2010.
  6. Passed 100 to 7 in the House on April 13, 2010, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on April 22, 2010.

Comments

Re: 2009 House Bill 4248 (Limit employment restriction for corrections pensioners )  by Admin003 on March 17, 2010 

 

Senator Switalski, under his constitutional right of protest (Art. 4, Sec. 18), protested against the passage of House Bill No. 4248 and moved that the statement he made during the discussion of the bill be printed as his reasons for voting "no."


The motion prevailed.


Senator Switalski’s statement is as follows:


I must rise in opposition to this bill, although by itself it might be an acceptable bill with a few changes. It is an example of a growing practice that is bad policy. It is a growing practice that is incompatible with what should be our No. 1 public policy goal because our biggest problem in the state is jobs and unemployment.


This bill does not create new jobs for people who are laid off or unemployed. This bill changes the law to allow workers already drawing a public pension to draw a second paycheck. It gives the lucky ones two checks while the unemployed get none. Regrettably, this practice is growing. It is an element in the Governor’s retirement reform package. Current employees could retire and return part-time to do the same job. We have a growing number of contract employees in state government who too often are retired state employees who walk through a revolving door and return doing the same job at twice the pay; while low-seniority state employees are laid off to free up funds to pay the contractors.


Then we have the worse abuse, the DROP program that allows State Police to collect their pension without ever retiring for five years. We laid off troopers last year while we were providing others a chance to double dip. This hurts the solvency of the retirement fund and wastes the money we spend on a troopers school.


These practices in this bill are incompatible with our goals of reducing unemployment in Michigan. The policy must change.




Re: 2009 House Bill 4248 (Limit employment restriction for corrections pensioners )  by crazycajun on February 16, 2009 

of course it's double dipping... it's sponsored by a demcorat, isn't it?



Re: 2009 House Bill 4248 (Limit employment restriction for corrections pensioners )  by inform4 on February 16, 2009 

Isn't this double-dipping at the private sector taxpayers expense?


 Introduced by Rep. Alma Smith (D) on February 11, 2009, to revise the law which suspends the pension payments of a retired state prison employee who goes back to work for the Department of Corrections. The bill would allow a person to collect his or her pension while also getting paid to do Corrections work if the job is to provide health care to prisoners, is temporary, is paid on a per-diem basis, and has no benefits.




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