Michigan Local Government Leaders from Northville, East Grand Rapids and Rochester Testify in Lansing
Some Michigan local government leaders from Northville, East Grand Rapids and Rochester testified with the Michigan Municipal League recently supporting two bills which deal with providing locals pension flexibility.

The bills, SBs 1129 and 1171, were up before the Michigan Senate Retirement Subcommittee of Appropriations on June 7, 2012. SB 1129 would allow bonding when communities switch from defined benefit to defined contribution, so communities could help smooth transition costs. That bill passed committee.

SB 1171 would amend the MERS statute to prohibit certain barriers that face communities which want to negotiate pension changes or more easily shop different provider by allowing a community to exit the plan with a majority vote of the governing body (rather than a vote of the people). That bill was up for testimony only.

The League has many supporters in the legislature on this issue and are hopeful to get additional movement on these when the legislature comes back after the summer recess. Identical House bills were also introduced - they are HBs 5725 and 5726.

Those testifying included State Senators Patrick Colbeck and John Pappageorge, the League’s Summer Minnick and Heather Van Poucker and League members Brian Donovan, East Grand Rapids City Manager, Jeff Dood, East Grand Rapids Finance Director, Northville City Manager Patrick Sullivan, Rochester City Manager Jaymes Vettraino, and Rochester Mayor Pro Tem Jeffrey Cuthbertson.

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