The Senate Committee on Appropriations on Tuesday unanimously approved state Rep. Julie Alexander’s plan to allow retirees to resume work at Michigan prisons without suspending their retirement benefits.
The Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) said earlier this year that the state prison system was experiencing about 770 vacancies in corrections officer positions.
“Staff shortages at our prisons place even more burdens on active corrections officers, who work even more hours to maintain prison security and protect inmates,” said Alexander, R-Hanover. “Officers who live and work in our Jackson community have told me that understaffing has added to the stress and strain of their public service jobs. Although more must be done to recruit and retain corrections officers, letting retired officers work while collecting the benefits they’ve earned will help ease some of the short-term pain.”
In general, former state employees who are rehired by the state may not receive their retirement allowance while they are reemployed. Alexander’s House Bill 5765 would allow retired corrections officers to continue receiving benefits if they resume temporary positions providing custody of MDOC prisoners. The exemption would be in place for two years.
HB 5765, which passed the House earlier this year with overwhelming bipartisan support, now proceeds to the entire Senate for consideration.
The Michigan Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety today approved state Rep. Julie Alexander’s bipartisan plan to protect Michigan residents from deadly drugs by cracking down on heroin and fentanyl dealers.
A new law sponsored by state Rep. Julie Alexander will allow retired corrections officers to continue receiving their retirement benefits while resuming work, an incentive designed to let experienced professionals help fill staffing gaps at state prisons and relieve some of the pressure on current officers.
State Rep. Julie Alexander today blasted Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for vetoing legislation to increase accountability and transparency for emergency powers used by state government officials.
“With a few strokes of her veto pen, Gov. Whitmer has blocked the most basic openness and accountability that Michigan citizens expect from their state government,” said Alexander, R-Hanover.
State Rep. Julie Alexander and the Michigan House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a detailed plan to bring greater accountability and transparency to Michigan’s emergency powers.