MSHA continues to monitor legislation impacting members. As the second deadline for bill movement back to the house of origin is today (March 2, 2010), lobbyist, Stephen Clay , conferenced with Suzie Rosser, President, and provided the update information listed below. We will continue to update you, and notify of any need for call to action in the near future.
SB 2688 Veto override unsuccessful—Restoring funds cut by Governor
SB 2495 In Conference–Restoring funds cut by Governor, including $2 million NBC; Conferees met last Friday working to reach an agreement on equitable share of restored funds to agencies; Point of contention is Senate wants $16 million to go to Dept. of Corrections & House wants $10 million to go to Dept. of Corrections with bulk of the remaining $6 million to go to Dept. of Mental Health. An additional $14 million has been identified that will not go as a payment to CMMS which will cover most of this funding source. When an agreement is reached it will have to be voted on by both House & Senate before going to the governor for signature.
HB 549 Died in Committee–Relating to unpaid furlough of state employees during fiscal year 2011
HB 612 In Committee—Likely will die in committee today as chair of that committee is opposed to task forces; Created Children’s Advocacy Commission
HB 662 Died in Committee—relating to retired public employee may not paid for service by any state agency
HB 740 In Committee—Senate removed stipulations on insurance premium differential, but added others. Likely to end up in conference
HB 741 Died in Committee—Relating to premium surcharge on retirees
HB 957 In Senate Finance Committee, likely will die there today –relating to employer paying full contribution on compensation to working retiree
HB 1107 Died in Committee—Relating to increasing retirement eligibility to 30 years; SB 3078 picks this up; Now in House Appropriations and likely to move out of committee today
HB 1152 Died in Committee—Relating to assessing active full time employees a portion of health insurance premium
HB 1243 Died in Committee—Relating to reformulation of COLA check for retirees
HB 1283 Died in Committee—Relating to increasing years to vest age & years to retire regardless of age
SB 2402 Died in Committee—Relating to discontinuation of NBC funding
SB 2697 Died in Committee—Relating to suspension of annual experience increment for school employees for two years
SB 2752 Currently in House Insurance & Appropriations Committees; If not out today will die; Not likely to pass both committees today—Relating to raising retirees insurance premiums