Jones’ bill protects retired state employees and saves state money

LANSING, Mich.—The state Senate on Thursday finalized legislation allowing retired state employees to help aid the attorney general’s office in litigation without hurting their retirement pay and benefits.

“It is important for taxpayers to know that this bill is for specific and temporary situations and does not allow retired state employees to double-dip,” said Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, who sponsored Senate Bill 12. “My bill addresses rare cases where retired state employees with knowledge and details specific to the issue are contracted by the attorney general for a limited amount of time.”

Currently, state law prohibits these retirees from receiving their retirement pay while under contract. SB 12 amends the State Employees’ Retirement Act to allow a state retiree to be an independent contractor of the attorney general as a witness, expert, or consultant for litigation involving the state. The bill requires that a contract must include that the retiree’s service as a witness, expert, or consultant ends at the conclusion of the litigation.

Visit the Michigan Legislature website to read the full text of the bill.

The bill now goes to Gov. Rick Snyder for his consideration.