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2015 Senate Bill 279: Ban public school/union pension spiking scheme
Introduced by Sen. Marty Knollenberg R-Troy on April 16, 2015
To prohibit public school districts from adopting arrangements in which a school employee goes to work full time for a teachers union but remains a school employee for purposes of collecting a government pension. Recent news reports have exposed how the recent presidents of the state‚Äôs largest teacher union were paid by the union but remained school employees "on leave" for many years, thereby "spiking" their government pension payouts to six-figure amounts.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on April 16, 2015
Reported in the Senate on June 17, 2015
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered by Sen. David Knezek D-Dearborn Heights on November 10, 2015
To require the legislature to appropriate extra money to the (underfunded) school employee pension system to cover the pension fund contributions that would not be made if these union officials were no longer considered school employees. Defenders of this practice contend that the pension fund would suffer, but independent pension experts believe this would be overcome by relieving the state of paying pension expenses that are not covered by district contributions.
The amendment failed 12 to 24 in the Senate on November 10, 2015.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
Received in the House on November 10, 2015
Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on November 10, 2015
Reported in the House on January 20, 2016
With the recommendation that the bill be referred to the Committee on Commerce and Trade.
Referred to the House Commerce and Trade Committee on January 20, 2016
Reported in the House on December 8, 2016
Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.