April 20, 2023, Introduced by Reps. Bezotte, Wozniak, Borton, BeGole, Mueller, Harris, Breen, Shannon, Steckloff, Tyrone Carter, Liberati, Weiss, Hope, Snyder, McFall, Mentzer, Tsernoglou, Andrews, Rogers, Hood, Rheingans, Wilson, Wegela, MacDonell, Conlin, Brabec, St. Germaine, Schmaltz, Roth, Koleszar, Glanville, Hill, Outman, Zorn, Tisdel and Steele and referred to the Committee on Criminal Justice.

A bill to amend 1969 PA 312, entitled

"An act to provide for compulsory arbitration of labor disputes in municipal police and fire departments; to define such public departments; to provide for the selection of members of arbitration panels; to prescribe the procedures and authority thereof; and to provide for the enforcement and review of awards thereof,"

by amending sections 5 and 7a (MCL 423.235 and 423.237a), section 5 as amended by 2011 PA 116.

the people of the state of michigan enact:

Sec. 5. (1) Within Not later than 7 days of after a request from 1 or both parties, the employment relations commission shall select from its panel of arbitrators, as provided in subsection (2), 3 persons as nominees for impartial arbitrator or chairman chair of the arbitration panel. Within Not later than 5 days after the selection, each party may peremptorily strike the name of 1 of the nominees. Within Not later than 7 days after this 5-day period, the commission shall designate 1 of the remaining nominees as the impartial arbitrator or chairman chair of the arbitration panel.

(2) The employment relations commission shall establish and appoint a panel of arbitrators, who shall be known as the Michigan employment relations commission panel of arbitrators. The commission shall appoint members for indefinite terms. Members shall be impartial, competent, and reputable citizens of the United States and residents of the this state, and shall qualify by taking and subscribing the constitutional oath or affirmation of office. The commission may at any time appoint additional members to the panel of arbitrators , and may remove existing members without cause.

(3) The employment relations commission shall establish the qualifications and training that are necessary for an individual to serve as the chair of an arbitration panel under this act. The commission may waive the qualifications and training requirements for an individual who has served as a commission-appointed chair of an arbitration panel in an arbitration proceeding under this act before the effective date of the amendatory act that added this subsection.July 20, 2011.

Sec. 7a. At any time before the rendering of an award, the chairman chair of the arbitration panel, if he the chair is of the opinion that it would be useful or beneficial to do so, may remand the dispute to the parties for further collective bargaining for a period not to exceed 3 weeks. If the dispute is remanded for further collective bargaining, the time provisions of this act shall be are extended for a time period equal to that of the remand. The chairman chair of the panel of arbitration shall notify the employment relations commission of the remand.

Enacting section 1. This amendatory act does not take effect unless House Bill No. 4438 of the 102nd Legislature is enacted into law.