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Senate Joins House in Passing Lifetime Benefits Ban

February 26, 2010

Both the House and Senate have now passed a bill that would end the so-called lifetime health benefits that lawmakers currently receive. 

Currently if a lawmaker serves at least six years, they are eligible to receive retiree health benefits when they reach age 55.  The passage of HB 4194 would remove that benefit for future legislators, governors and other state elected officials.

The bill was amended in the Senate, so it must go back to the House to concur with the changes.  This measure is one of the reforms that Gov. Granholm called for in her State of the State address, so she is expected to sign it when it reaches her desk.

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