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Re: E-M:/ Fw: Michigan legislature



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Regardless of any changes in the status of the Michigan legislature, I will require year-round access to my legislators.  Do citizens have that in states with part-time legislatures?

         -doug-

On Tue, 25 Dec 2007 09:04:34 -0500, dana <dschindler@jackpine.net> said:
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>From: Shirley Skiera 
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>Sent: Saturday, December 22, 2007 10:10 PM
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>From: Tom and Karen Kubanek 
>To: bob taylor ; Bob & Jan ; marge ; Chuck Keil ; Phyllis Krol ; Midge Kubanek ; Lois Boonstra ; jetyson@jackpine.com ; Joel & Kate ; jane s oliver ; susan stoel ; Shirley Skiera ; Tom Kubanek 
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>Subject: Fw: Michigan legislature
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>Subject: Michigan legislature
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>    Sounds like a very good idea to me!  Me too... 
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>            According  to an article in the 'Detroit Free Press'  (Nov. 14, 2007), 
>             editorial section, page 10 A, attorney and business owner, Henry 
>            Woloson,  from Clarkston, MI, is heading a movement to place a proposal on 
>            the 2008  ballot for a part-time legislature in Michigan.
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>            Some facts he  provided:
>            1 - 46 states have part-time legislatures.
>            2 - Michigan has 148  full-time legislators.
>            3 - Michigan has  23% more legislators than California. We have a population 
>            of 10  million. California's is 36 million.
>            4 -  California is the only state in the  US that pays its lawmakers  more than 
>            Michigan.
>            5 - $115 million-plus is  allocated each year for the operation of the 
>            legislature.
>            This does not  include lifetime health benefits for former legislators.
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>            Under the new  proposal:
>            1 - Legislative sessions would be limited to 90 days between Jan.  1 and 
>            April 30 each year. 
>            2 - Special sessions could be ca lled - no  additional compensation.
>            3 - Elimination of lifetime benefits for  legislators.
>            4 - Freezing salaries pending later review.
>            5 - Downsizing  from 148 members to 100 members. (75 representative and 25 
>            senators)
>            6  - Estimated annual savings - more than $30 million.
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>            Other current  considerations:
>            1 - Extending term limits to 12 years for voters who value  legislative 
>            experience.
>            2 - Having terms of both representative and  senators be 4 years with 1/2 of 
>            each group standing for election every 2  years.
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>            'Michigan needs our state government to  become more productive and less 
>            expensive with greater accountability. We  hope concerned Michigan citizens 
>            will support our  efforts to let the voters decide if they wish to join the 
>            vast majority of  states effectively operating with a part-time legislature.'
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>            Please  forward to  all that you t hink might be  interested. 
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