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2007 Senate Bill 546: Establish “graduated” retirement health benefits for new school employees (House Roll Call 444)
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Passed 65 to 44 in the House on October 1, 2007, to establish a “graduated” school employees pension and post-retirement health care benefits vesting system, where the amount of pension and benefits a school employee receives is tied more directly to the number of years worked; and also require employees to contribute more of their salaries to the system. Under current law an employee who has only worked for 10 years (or five in some cases) can be eligible for a full pension and benefits. Passage of the bill occurred as part of a deal to avoid reducing state spending in the 2007-2008 Fiscal Year by imposing $1.5 billion in tax increases, including an increase in the state income tax from 3.9 percent to 4.35 percent (House Bill 5194) and imposing a 6 percent tax on many personal and business services (House Bill 5198).
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The vote was 65 in favor, 44 against, and 1 not voting.
(House Roll Call 444 at House Journal 102)

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Against Against
Not Voting Not Voting
 Undecided
Democrat
297129%
703070%
1000%
58 total votes
Republican
92892%
5955%
1991%
52 total votes
Voters
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1 total vote

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Establish “graduated” retirement health benefits for new school employees

IN FAVOR

HOUSE DEMOCRATS

Angerer (D)Brown (D)Byrnes (D)Clack (D)Clemente (D)
Dillon (D)Espinoza (D)Gonzales (D)Griffin (D)Hammel (D)
Hammon (D)Lahti (D)Mayes (D)McDowell (D)Simpson (D)
Spade (D)Tobocman (D)   

HOUSE REPUBLICANS

Acciavatti (R)Amos (R)Ball (R)Booher (R)Brandenburg (R)
Calley (R)Casperson (R)Caswell (R)Caul (R)DeRoche (R)
Elsenheimer (R)Emmons (R)Gaffney (R)Garfield (R)Green (R)
Hansen (R)Hildenbrand (R)Hoogendyk (R)Horn (R)Huizenga (R)
Hune (R)Jones, Rick (R)Knollenberg (R)LaJoy (R)Marleau (R)
Meekhof (R)Meltzer (R)Moolenaar (R)Moss (R)Nitz (R)
Opsommer (R)Palmer (R)Palsrok (R)Pastor (R)Pavlov (R)
Pearce (R)Proos (R)Robertson (R)Rocca (R)Schuitmaker (R)
Shaffer (R)Sheen (R)Stahl (R)Stakoe (R)Steil (R)
Walker (R)Ward (R)Wenke (R)  


AGAINST

HOUSE DEMOCRATS

Accavitti (D)Bauer (D)Bennett (D)Bieda (D)Byrum (D)
Cheeks (D)Condino (D)Constan (D)Corriveau (D)Coulouris (D)
Cushingberry (D)Dean (D)Donigan (D)Ebli (D)Farrah (D)
Gillard (D)Hood (D)Hopgood (D)Jackson (D)Johnson (D)
Jones, Robert (D)Law, Kathleen (D)LeBlanc (D)Leland (D)Lemmons (D)
Lindberg (D)Meadows (D)Meisner (D)Melton (D)Miller (D)
Polidori (D)Sak (D)Scott (D)Sheltrown (D)Smith, Alma (D)
Smith, Virgil (D)Vagnozzi (D)Valentine (D)Warren (D)Wojno (D)
Young (D)    

HOUSE REPUBLICANS

Law, David (R)Moore (R)Nofs (R)


HOUSE LEGISLATORS WHO DID NOT VOTE

Agema (R)



HOUSE LEGISLATORS ALL VOTES

  n  Accavitti (D)Y    Acciavatti (R)  -  Agema (R)Y    Amos (R)Y    Angerer (D)
Y    Ball (R)  n  Bauer (D)  n  Bennett (D)  n  Bieda (D)Y    Booher (R)
Y    Brandenburg (R)Y    Brown (D)Y    Byrnes (D)  n  Byrum (D)Y    Calley (R)
Y    Casperson (R)Y    Caswell (R)Y    Caul (R)  n  Cheeks (D)Y    Clack (D)
Y    Clemente (D)  n  Condino (D)  n  Constan (D)  n  Corriveau (D)  n  Coulouris (D)
  n  Cushingberry (D)  n  Dean (D)Y    DeRoche (R)Y    Dillon (D)  n  Donigan (D)
  n  Ebli (D)Y    Elsenheimer (R)Y    Emmons (R)Y    Espinoza (D)  n  Farrah (D)
Y    Gaffney (R)Y    Garfield (R)  n  Gillard (D)Y    Gonzales (D)Y    Green (R)
Y    Griffin (D)Y    Hammel (D)Y    Hammon (D)Y    Hansen (R)Y    Hildenbrand (R)
  n  Hood (D)Y    Hoogendyk (R)  n  Hopgood (D)Y    Horn (R)Y    Huizenga (R)
Y    Hune (R)  n  Jackson (D)  n  Johnson (D)Y    Jones, Rick (R)  n  Jones, Robert (D)
Y    Knollenberg (R)Y    Lahti (D)Y    LaJoy (R)  n  Law, David (R)  n  Law, Kathleen (D)
  n  LeBlanc (D)  n  Leland (D)  n  Lemmons (D)  n  Lindberg (D)Y    Marleau (R)
Y    Mayes (D)Y    McDowell (D)  n  Meadows (D)Y    Meekhof (R)  n  Meisner (D)
  n  Melton (D)Y    Meltzer (R)  n  Miller (D)Y    Moolenaar (R)  n  Moore (R)
Y    Moss (R)Y    Nitz (R)  n  Nofs (R)Y    Opsommer (R)Y    Palmer (R)
Y    Palsrok (R)Y    Pastor (R)Y    Pavlov (R)Y    Pearce (R)  n  Polidori (D)
Y    Proos (R)Y    Robertson (R)Y    Rocca (R)  n  Sak (D)Y    Schuitmaker (R)
  n  Scott (D)Y    Shaffer (R)Y    Sheen (R)  n  Sheltrown (D)Y    Simpson (D)
  n  Smith, Alma (D)  n  Smith, Virgil (D)Y    Spade (D)Y    Stahl (R)Y    Stakoe (R)
Y    Steil (R)Y    Tobocman (D)  n  Vagnozzi (D)  n  Valentine (D)Y    Walker (R)
Y    Ward (R)  n  Warren (D)Y    Wenke (R)  n  Wojno (D)  n  Young (D)

House Roll Call 444 on 2007 Senate Bill 546

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Comments

Congress- you first  by Anonymous Citizen on October 1, 2007 
Wonder if Senators get only 3 percent of full benefit for each year on job.limits since teachers have there own credit unions pay taxes,the educationcommittee -90% cost of insurance ,than future of thebenefits to teachers should be left to decision of teachers and committee's.
Retired benefits are earned year after year put in by teachers anyway.Congress you go first,cut yours
Thereby money earned money saved money taken out for benefits too. Why put more limits on something less then what they get now.
Benefits Worse than before?
We need more teachers not more limits on benefits.

INTERN FOR STUDENT TEACHERS COLLEGE CREDIT COURSES
IDEA- allow student teachers to intern,in schools
that need teacher helpers or as part of college in
tern part of college course additive.
With overcrowded schools,must needed teacher help
students will benefit learn more and the teachers than time wise teach better.

Sick of it...  by Anonymous Citizen on October 1, 2007 
I am so disappointed in this vote. Leave the teachers alone. Look in your OWN backyard before cutting others!

The rest of Sen. Bishop's "journal statement"  by Admin003 on June 27, 2007 
I'm sorry, Mr.President, I will get back on track.

This is a matter of great importance to all of us. None of us want to play politics with this. We were put in this position. Clearly, this is not something that we wanted to be on the agenda today, but it was forced upon us given the fact that we were a part of the letter recipients in this process. We have to address it. The Governor says we have an agreement. If we don't have an agreement, then someone ought to get back to the table with the Governor, your leader, and ask her what the agreement is because I'm not really sure where you stand anymore. Some of you are complaining that you weren't part of the agreement or you weren't part of the discussion. Well, go into their office and be a part of the agreement and engage yourself.

This discussion has been going on for a long time now, and if you didn't know that, you got to pull your head out of the sand and figure out that this state is in great jeopardy right now. So much is happening around this country--we are in a one-state recession--so much is going on around us and we're not picking up on it. If we don't make changes right now, real changes, we will be left behind for good. It is our responsibility to step up to the plate and make some tough choices. Forget about the politics. Make the right choices because the decisions you make today will affect your state far into the future.

All of this political mumbo jumbo that you want to add to the record and have printed in the Journal is not going to make one bit of difference. Make the right decision and do it for the right reason. Quit the political garbage that goes on in this place, and let's move forward together instead of leaving this state behind.


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