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Karoub Report – June 2018

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: June 15, 2018

Michigan lawmakers just departed for summer break, but before they did they sent the 56.8 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2019 to Gov. Rick Snyder to
dissect. The budget has record levels for education and transportation money, but with pointed concern from Democrats about “raiding” $900 million in K-12 money to bail out the stagnant General Fund; The Senate passed legislation (SB 787 and 1014) that would allow seniors 65 and older to choose a $50,000 personal protection auto insurance policy as opposed to the otherwise mandated unlimited lifetime benefit as part of a scaled-back auto insurance package. The measures also exempt auto insurance providers from being liable in a lawsuit if a person feels they weren’t properly informed of their choices between the two options, creates a type of fraud authority, places some limits on attendant care and makes changes to the assigned claims system. However, the House took no action on the auto insurance reform bills before the break; Gov. Snyder says he will sign a bill requiring many Medicaid recipients to work at least 80 hours a month. The bill is a compromise from the initial proposal which included a 29-hour work week requirement and a provision that would allow counties that had unemployment rates of 8.5 percent or more to be exempt from the work requirements. That provision was stripped from the bill; The House took no action on the last day of the 40-day constitutional deadline to legislatively adopt and amend a citizen initiative to legalize recreational use of marijuana so the issue will go on the November ballot for voters to decide whether to make pot legal in Michigan; Petition signatures calling for passage of a mandatory paid sick time leave policy in Michigan have been filed with the state’s election division by the Michigan Time to Care Coalition. If approved, employees could bank up to 72 hours, or nine days, of paid sick leave a year for those who work for employers of 10 employees or more. Those working in smaller shops could bank up to 40 hours of paid leave with 32 more hours of unpaid leave; and Gov. Snyder vetoed the Health Insurance Claims Assessment (HICA). For more information on these and other legislative news, click below on the June 2018 Karoub Report.

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