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As if we need another reminder that elections have consequences, the Michigan Supreme Court on Thursday reversed its earlier decision on payroll deduction of PAC contributions by public employees, deciding that doing so breaks state campaign finance law.
Late Thursday, the state House revised and passed Senate Bill 7, legislation dealing with public employee health care.
The House passed the bill with the minimum 56 votes required. Rep. Tim Melton, D-Auburn Hills, cast the deciding vote. (See how your representative voted.)
Votes by lawmakers to take collective bargaining rights from public employees and make sweeping changes to teacher tenure will fuel grassroots efforts by voters in many communities who question whether their elected leaders deserve to remain in office.
With the Legislature’s summer break on the horizon next Thursday, the rush was on to pass a variety of legislation in the state House to allow the Senate to consider the bills next week:
Late today, the House approved HB 4572, calling for a hard cap on the amount of insurance a public employer could pay for its employees. The vote was 58-51.
Yesterday, Rep. Tim Melton introduced HB 4796 to address the standards for teacher performance evaluations.
The Michigan Senate is the next stop for a four-bill package designed to unravel collective bargaining and tenure laws, legislation that would impact all public school employees.
Last week, the GOP-led state House passed House Bills 4625, 4626, 4627, and 4628 with bipartisan opposition after heavy lobbying from MEA members and staff. MEA will have an increased presence at the Capitol beginning Tuesday, with members and staff stepping up efforts to work with moderate senators willing to consider alternative ideas, including MEA-backed reforms to streamline the process of disciplining or discharging ineffective teachers with tenure.
The House Oversight, Reform, and Ethics Committee will continue its work this week on legislation dealing with public employee health care. The panel meets Tuesday to consider House Bills 4087 and 4572 and Senate Joint Resolution C.
Answers to common questions about House Bills 4625-4628, including: What is the current status of these bills? Could "good teachers" lose their jobs if these bills become law? Could I be fired for reasons that have nothing to do with job performance?