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Karoub Report – December 2017

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: December 29, 2017

In the last month of the 2017 legislative session, state lawmakers addressed several major issues. The House and Senate passed a scaled back 11-bill package requiring local governments to submit a state approved plan on how to cover their employees’ and retirees’ pension and health care costs. Both chambers overwhelmingly signed off on bills that reflect the first four of the five “stages” the Governor’s local government task force agreed to in July 2017; Senate Democrats introduced legislation (SB 724-725) to reverse Michigan’s five-year old controversial right-to-work laws. The measures would allow a union to charge an agency fee for nonunion members who work in a public or private union; With state employee union contract negotiations set to begin next year, Gov. Rick Snyder named Cheryl Schmittdiel the new director of the Office of State Employer to replace Marie Waalkes who is leaving state government with plans to retire. Schmittdiel has worked both sides of the bargaining table; Gov. Snyder signed into law legislation allowing the Department of Corrections to hire a former felon to work in a state prison – if the hiring goes through an investigative process. HB 4065 is designed to create opportunities for previous offenders to become productive members of society; In an effort to address a growing opioid epidemic in Michigan, the House and Senate passed the last of two packages of bills. For more information about these and other end of year legislative issues, click on the December 2017 Karoub Report below.

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