MAPO members: Contact 5 Legislators by 1 p.m. Tuesday
MAPO: 5 contacts in 24 hours
The Michigan Association of Police Organizations (MAPO) and its membership groups are asking that each member contact 5 Legislators in 24 hours. Starting at 1 p.m. today, Monday, Dec. 5th, MAP members are urged to reach out to 5 Legislators by 1 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 6. This campaign follows the close of the public safety leaders roundtable before the House goes into session tomorrow.
The contacts are:
1. Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter
2. Local Government Committee Chairman Lee Chatfield
3. Rep. David Maturen
4. Representative for your District.
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5. Senator for your District.
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Thousands of MAPO members making thousands of calls and sending thousands of emails is the most impactful action we can take.
The message is simple – VOTE NO ON HOUSE BILL 6074.
Message from the Director
Law enforcement officers nationwide are being executed simply for doing their job. In fact, for the fifth year in a row, ambush-style executions were the number one cause of felonious officer deaths, according to a 2014 report released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF).
So why are some U.S. politicians and other leaders encouraging the public to question the integrity of public safety officers, who are hired to PROTECT the public and the officials who represent them?
The current anti-police sentiment is in reaction to citizen deaths during altercations with police officers. The most noteworthy case is that of a Ferguson, Missouri police officer who shot and killed teenager Michael Brown, an African American, on Aug. 9, 2014 while he was fleeing police. In this case, like many of the others, Brown was not cooperative with police during his attempted arrest. However, much of the media coverage does not discuss that very critical fact. Shortly before the shooting, Brown was captured on video camera robbing a nearby convenience store, stealing several cigarillos and shoving the store clerk. Police said a struggle between Brown and a Ferguson officer over the officer's gun led to his death.
It's pretty straightforward – officers dealing with uncooperative citizens must protect themselves. If they don't protect themselves, who will be there to protect the public?
When a person resists arrest, it is imperative officers react swiftly. And it doesn't matter if that person is African American, Hispanic, Caucasian, male, female or even a teenager. Every person who disobeys a law enforcement officer's instructions risks not only their lives, but the lives of the people in close proximity to the situation. Police cannot pick and choose when they will react quickly -- doing so means innocent lives could be lost. What would be the public outcry then? Of course, the outcry would be 'Why didn't that officer protect those innocent people?'
MAPO asks members to contact 5 legislators Monday, Dec. 5 to VOTE NO on HB 6074
The MAPO leadership has decided that the most effective use of our members' time is to generate 5 contacts to legislators through email and telephone calls.
At 1:00 Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, we will post the names of 5 legislators to contact in the 24 hour period that starts then.
Thousands of MAPO members making thousands of calls and sending thousands of emails is the most impactful action we can take. We are asking that each member take 5 minutes to make 5 contacts in that 24 hour period.
The message will be simple - VOTE NO ON HOUSE BILL 6074.
We are not threatening legislators or being confrontational. Our outreach is making a difference. We are going to accelerate in a focused manner next week prior to the House returning on Tuesday afternoon.
Be sure to check the MAPO website at www.mapo411.com on Monday afternoon. Thank you to everyone who has been calling and sending emails.
Have a safe weekend.
MAPO Executive Board
Members asked to call State Rep. TODAY and tell them to say NO to HB 6074
Karoub Associates is advising MAP members to call their State Representative and voice their opposition to a package of bills TODAY which negatively affects retiree healthcare and employer contributions to health savings accounts. Jim Curran of Karoub Associates explains the 13-bill package:
Despite statements to the contrary, the House Republicans introduced a 13-bill package that would impact retiree health care for retirees, active employees and new hires at the local level.
Beginning May 1, 2017, retirees receiving benefits would be required to pay 20% of cost unless the retiree health care benefit was funded at a level in excess of 80%.
Beginning May 1, 2017, employers are limited to putting 2% of base pay into a retirement health savings account.
The main bill that enables all the rest of the package is House Bill 6074, sponsored by Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter.
Our focus needs to be the defeat of House Bill 6074.
To our MAPO members, the message is simple:
CALL YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE AND TELL THEM TO VOTE NO ON HOUSE BILL 6074.
Click below to find contact information for your State Representative.
The Local Government Committee met this morning, Dec. 1, 2016 from 10:30 until noon. Speaker Cotter and other legislators testified in support of the bills and then the MML testified. The House Session began at noon and ended at 3:30 p.m. The Committee is going back for further testimony. The police groups and others will testify at this time.
Rep. Chatfield, Chairman of the Committee, told the press in attendance that there will be no vote today and that the committee is tentatively scheduled to meet again on Tuesday, Dec. 6.
Keep those cards and letters coming. They are definitely having an impact.
I'll update further after committee. Information has been posted to www.mapo411.com
On a related front, the Senate adjourned at 5:00 Wednesday, Nov. 30 without taking a vote on SB 102 that would put new school employee hires into a DC plan. The Republican leadership plan was to vote it out tonight. The Snyder Administration weighed in heavily against the bill and that gave enough Republicans cover to say they weren't going to vote for SB 102. Snyder's staff testified that the bill would cost the state BILLIONS to cover the conversion cost and the cost of closing the DB plan for existing teachers.
Hopefully, the Governor will have his team publicly come out against the House retiree health care bills as strongly.
MAP members urged to call Legislators TODAY
Jim Curran of Karoub Associates wanted to alert MAP members about important legislation being introduced tomorrow, Dec. 1, 2016. MAP Executive Director Fred Timpner encourages all MAP members to call their legislators TODAY, Nov. 30, 2016 about these important bills being considered by the State House of Representatives. Please read Mr. Curran's message below and contact your Legislators today!
House Republican leadership has indicated that bills will be introduced tomorrow and that there will be hearings on Thursday, December 1 and Tuesday, December 6.
House Republican plan has the following components:
NEW EMPLOYEES - 2% of pay into HSA
CURRENT EMPLOYEES AND RETIREES -
If healthcare benefit funded at 80% or higher - no changes
If healthcare benefit funded between 60% and 80% - Employer will only pay 80% of benefit. Similar to 80/20.
If healthcare benefit funded below 60% - Employer must submit a plan adjustment to Treasury to get plan back to 60% funding threshold.
They claim that if you are already paying into a retiree health care plan, the bills don't affect you but weren't able to clarify.
Retiree healthcare will be excluded as a subject of bargaining under 312.
Bill numbers have not been assigned as the bills will be introduced at House session tomorrow.
Will provide more info as it becomes available tomorrow. Hopefully, everybody is above the magic 80% number and this only impact new hires.We can talk about the impact on recruitment as something to consider.
PLEASE CLICK on the following links below to find the contact information for your Senator and Representative:
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Limited seats are available so reserve your seats today.Tickets are $60.00 inclusive of food.
Everyone is welcome to support and attend. You do not have to be a First Responder to attend. Please spread the word about this event, come out and bring a friend!
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$10.00 from each ticket will be donated to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Each ticket includes a Farewell Season at The Joe Law Enforcement Appreciation Night Patch.
The first 500 ticket purchasers will be able to take a post game shot on the net on ice. Groups of 35 or more will receive an autographed hockey puck for the group leader. For groups of 10 or more or to order by phone, call Jamie Clark directly (313) 471-7138 to pick seat locations and have the per-ticket service fee waived.
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