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Pension Protection Bills

MAPERS can take great pride in yet another legislative victory-the passage and enactment of the seven-bill package of legislation to protect members of public pension plans who go through personal bankruptcy. The anti-alienation bills were introduced on October 2, 2001, with Representative Jerry Vander Roest (R-Galesburg) as the driving force in the legislature. Representative Vander Roest chairs the Retirement Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee.

The bills in the package, their sponsors, and their public act numbers are as follows:

  • HB 5108 (Rep. Jerry Vander Roest-Galesburg) creates the Pension Protection Act, now PA 100 of 2002.
  • HB 5109 (Rep. Joanne Voorhees, R-Wyoming) amends the State Employees Retirement Act, now PA 99 of 2002.
  • HB 5110 (Rep. Sandy Caul, R-Mt. Pleasant) amends the public school employees retirement act, now PA 94 of 2002.
  • HB 5111 (Rep. Jim Howell, R-St. Charles) amends the fire fighters and police officers retirement act, now PA 98 of 2002.
  • HB 5112 (Rep. Alexander Lipsey, D-Kalamazoo) amends the judge’s retirement act, now PA 95 of 2002.
  • HB 5113 (Rep. Cameron Brown, R-Sturgis) amends the state police retirement act, now PA 96 of 2002.
  • HB 5114 (Rep. Samuel “Buzz” Thomas, D-Detroit) amends the Michigan legislative retirement system act, now PA 97 of 2002.

MAPERS thanks Representative Vander Roest and all of the other bill sponsors for their support. In addition to Rep. Vander Roest’s leadership, Representative Lipsey took a particularly active role on these bills and utilized his professional background as a bankruptcy attorney in helping explain the need for the legislation. MAPERS also had support from various counties in this legislative endeavor, particularly from Wayne County.

In developing the legislation, MAPERS had determined to make all public pension acts consistent with the Public Pension Protection Act as a matter of sound public policy. However, a number of these bills were, temporarily, seized upon to suit other agendas, including the highly controversial early retirement legislation proposed for judges. Fortunately, we were able to disentangle the most controversial extraneous elements from these bills prior to their enactment.

If you would like to read the text of these bills, you can access them by bill number from the legislative website, at

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