How to Make the Legislature Part-time


 

A Resolution has been introduced in the House of representatives. It is currently being revised and will say essentially the following:

 It will  place before voters in the next general election a Constitutional amendment to replace the current full time legislature with a part time legislature that would meet for not more than 100 days each year, (January to May 1st) except if recalled on an extraordinary occasion. Legislators could not be granted any state-paid retirement benefits based on their legislative service, and their pay would be reduced to around $15,000 per year plus $150 per day in session. If session lasted the full 100 days, they would receive $30,000 in compensation.  While they would only be "is session" four months, they would still hold responsibilities as a legislator the entire year and may be involved in legislative activity the balance of the year from time-to-time. Legislators could only be reimbursed for actual expenses related to holding the office, and the total legislative budget in any one year could not exceed 1 percent of the state general fund.

An additional provision of the constitutional amendment would be the requirement for a three-fifths vote in both houses to raise taxes.

If the Legislature does not pass this resolution, the voters will need to sign petitions to place the measure on the ballot in 2008.  If you are interested in helping with a ballot initiative, please send a brief e-mail message to the following address with your contact information:  part.time.mi@gmail.com