Public safety employees stop bill that would've ended future retiree health benefits

House Bill 6074, which drew protest from public employees in Michigan and a barrage of calls to State Legislators will not be moved out of the House as part of a package of bills.

Early this morning, the House Local Government Committee reported that the only bill in this package that will be moved is House Bill 6075, which creates reporting requirements between public employers and Michigan Department of Treasury. This bill has no effect on retiree health care. 

MAP Executive Director Fred Timpner wanted to thank MAP members for their support! MAP members participated in the MAPO effort, contacting State Legislators to make this victory possible.

However, Timpner also wanted to alert members that is this a temporary win and MAP members may be called on again soon. Republicans are expected to introduce bills as early as January 2017, after new legislators have been sworn into office, that would negatively impact public employee healthcare and pensions.

In the meantime, Legislators were clearly swayed by the overwhelming involvement of MAPO members.

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By Attorney John Goldpaugh

False or inaccurate information cannot be used against a law enforcement officer in subsequent criminal proceedings, according to a recent ruling by the Michigan Supreme Court.

The Court based the 5-2 decision on the Disclosures by Law Enforcement Officers Act (DLEOA) and went on to say: “To hold otherwise would defeat the Legislature’s stated intent to preclude the use of ‘any information.’”

The June 22, 2016 ruling was made in the People of the State of Michigan vs. Nevin Hughes case, involving Detroit Police Officer Nevin Hughes. Hughes was represented by Attorney John Goldpaugh in his appeal. The case stemmed from charges of obstruction of justice, misconduct in office, and assault and battery, against Officer Hughes (and other officers with respect to the obstruction of justice charge) arising out of a 2009 incident.

Officer Hughes and other officers made statements during an internal investigation by the Office of the Chief Investigator. All three officers were given their Garrity rights and subsequently, departmental charges were filed against Officer Hughes.

Once departmental charges had been addressed, Internal Affairs began a criminal investigation and a warrant was obtained against Hughes and the other two officers. The sole basis for the obstruction of justice charge was the alleged false statements given under Garrity to the Office of the Chief Investigator, according to the People. The district court bound Officer Hughes over on the misconduct in office and assault and battery charges during the preliminary examination and dismissed the obstruction of justice charges against him and the other officers.

Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) has issued a comparison chart on law enforcement population trends spanning the years of 2001 to current. The number of jobs and the number of individuals applying for positions continues to decline from 23,150 positions and 22,488 officers in 2001 to 19,061 jobs and 18,460 officers by January 2016.  Please click here for the chart.

Professional lobbyists provide members with clout

Law enforcement officers have more of a stake in which laws are passed, and which are not, than virtually any other class of professionals. They are, for example, directly concerned with legislation that:

  • Helps them do their jobs more effectively.
  • Protects them from unwarranted vulnerability to legal proceedings against them.
  • Grants them workers' rights, both as individual employees and as union members.

No police union can properly represent its members without maintaining close and effective working contacts with lawmakers. No police union anywhere is more influential or respected in the political arena than the Michigan Association of Police.

Karoub and Associates, a highly regarded legislative liaison organization, represents MAP in Lansing and Washington. MAP is joined with the Police Officers Labor Council, Detroit Police Officers Association, Detroit Lieutenant & Sergeants Police Troopers Association, Warren Police Officers Association and Flint Police Officers Association in the largest police legislative coalition in the state. As a result, members wield considerable influence in the State Legislature and the halls of the U.S. Congress.