The House Education Committee will hear testimony on House Bill 4306 at their committee meeting on Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 in room 519 in the House Office Building in Lansing. Here is the notice - http://house.michigan.gov/PublicCommitteeSchedule/MeetingDisplay.aspx?BroadcastKey=1914.
Click here to read the text of HB 4306 as it was originally introduced in the House, which requires that “the board of a school district or intermediate school district shall enter into 1 or more contracts for the provision of food service, custodial, and transportation services...” and “shall not directly employ personnel to provide food service custodial or transportation services after June 30, 2012.” Click here to read the legislative analysis of the bill.
Testimony was taken on this bill at a House Education Committee meeting on March 2nd (read the minutes), and a substitute bill was put forward that still requires school districts to accept bids for these services. However, it “does not prevent a collective bargaining unit consisting of employees of the school district or intermediate school district from submitting a competitive bid for the provision of food service, custodial, or transportation services, but the board or intermediate school board shall not give special preference to a competitive bid submitted by the collective bargaining unit.” Please note that the substitute bill may still change and has not yet been adopted by the House. Here is an article from the Michigan Messenger about the substitute bill. Additional testimony was taken at a committee meeting on March 9th. Click here to read the proposed minutes from that meeting.
I’ll do my best to send updates on this bill as they come.
Farm to Institution Specialist
CS Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems
Michigan State University
303 Natural Resources Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1222