HOUSE BILL NO. 5919
June 25, 2020, Introduced by Rep. Sabo and
referred to the Committee on Commerce and Tourism.
June 25, 2020, Introduced by Rep. Sabo and referred to the Committee on Commerce and Tourism.
"Publicly funded health insurance contribution act,"
by amending the title and section 9 (MCL 15.569) and by adding section 3a.
the people of the state of michigan enact:
An act to limit a public employer's expenditures for employee medical benefit plans; to prohibit a public employer from withholding certain benefits from its employees who opt out of a medical benefit plan; to provide the power and duties of certain state agencies and officials; to provide for exceptions; and to provide for sanctions and remedies.
Sec. 3a. (1) A public employer that offers or contributes to a medical benefit plan for its employees or elected public officials shall not require an employee or elected public official who opts out of the medical benefit plan, or the employee's or public official's spouse or dependent, to participate in an exit interview or exit program as a condition of receiving a benefit the public employer offers to employees or public officials who opt out of the medical benefit plan.
(2) A public employer that violates or threatens or attempts to violate subsection (1) is liable to an employee or public official affected by the violation, threat, or attempt for damages equal to the opt-out benefit that the employee or public official did receive or would have received. An employee or public official affected by the violation, threat, or attempt may bring a civil action for damages or injunctive relief, or both. In addition, a court shall award court costs and reasonable attorney fees to an employee or public official who prevails in an action brought under this subsection.
(3) The attorney general may bring an action under subsection (2) on behalf of 1 or more employees or public officials affected by a violation or threatened or attempted violation of subsection (1).
Sec. 9. If Except for a violation of section 3a, if a public employer fails to comply with this act, the public employer shall permit the state treasurer to reduce by 10% each economic vitality incentive program payment received under 2011 PA 63 and the department of education shall assess the public employer a penalty equal to 10% of each payment of any funds for which the public employer qualifies under article I of the state school aid act of 1979, 1979 PA 94, MCL 388.1601 to 388.1772, during the period that the public employer fails to comply with this act. Any reduction setoff or penalty amounts recovered shall be returned to the fund from which the reduction is assessed or upon which the penalty is determined. The department of education may also refer the penalty collection to the department of treasury for collection consistent with section 13 of 1941 PA 122, MCL 205.13.