Senate Passes Bill Requiring State Employees to Pay 20% of Health Benefits

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Republicans who control the Michigan Senate are continuing their push to require public employees in the state to pay at least 20 percent of their health insurance premiums.

The Senate approved measures aimed at adopting the requirement Wednesday by 25-13 and 26-12 votes mostly along party lines. The measures advance to the Republican-led House.

Democrats and labor leaders say health care costs should be handled during contract negotiations between public employee unions and employers, not through state law.

The legislation would affect employees with the state, local governments, public school districts, public universities and other public employers.

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