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Re: E-M:/ Fw: Michigan legislature

I lived in Florida for most of the 90s and had to deal with a part-time legislature there where the revolving door between legislative and corporate employment was more pronounced there than here, and lawmakers even more under the influence of corporate lobbyists.  If you think our current legislative class is too captive to corporate interests, then you will not like a part-time legislature.  It would be great to end or modify term limits, but given the public mood these days there's little chance voters would reward lawmakers with additional terms in office.  So there's no silver bullet, but if we could come up with a proposal that made more legislative districts competitive at election time that would go a long way toward holding both parties more accountable to voters.

dwelker@up.net wrote:
Enviro-Mich message from dwelker@up.net

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?


On Tue, 25 Dec 2007 09:04:34 -0500, dana <dschindler@jackpine.net> said:
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Subject: Michigan legislature

   Sounds like a very good idea to me!  Me too... 

           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.

           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 
           5 - $115 million-plus is  allocated each year for the operation of the 
           This does not  include lifetime health benefits for former legislators.

           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 
           6  - Estimated annual savings - more than $30 million.

           Other current  considerations:
           1 - Extending term limits to 12 years for voters who value  legislative 
           2 - Having terms of both representative and  senators be 4 years with 1/2 of 
           each group standing for election every 2  years.

           '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.'

           Please  forward to  all that you t hink might be  interested. 



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