Jones measure alters retired legislator benefits

Jones measure alters retired legislator benefits

Lansing— Legislation that would increase the amount retired lawmakers pay for their health insurance is headed for the Reforms, Restructuring and Reinventing Committee, said sponsor Sen. Rick Jones.

Senate Bill 26 would mandate that all retired legislators pay 20 percent of their health insurance premiums, instead of the current 10 percent.

“Elected officials need to set an example,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “We have asked other public employees to pay more for their health care, and we should be willing to make the same sacrifices that they are.”

The most recent version of SB 26 is a substitute of the original version drafted by Jones. The substitute requires that retired legislators pay 20 percent of their health care premiums.

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