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Group To Start Petition For Part Time Mich. Legislature

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Organizers for a part-time legislature will launch a petition drive starting next week to place the issue on the statewide ballot in November.

Norm Kammeraad, a West Michigan private business person, wants to eliminate a Michigan's full time legislature. Next week, his group will start a petition drive to collect 400,000 signatures to place a part time legislature on the November ballot.

They have $20,000 in the bank, will not pay for signatures, but will try to capitalize on the anger in the Tea Party movement and use the mailing list from Michigan Right to Life to get those names.

"[Snyder is] not there to make change. He's there to continue his occupation. It's about his occupation," said Kammeraad.

Kammeraad complains lawmakers only work about 85 days a year, but legislative leaders point out they are working in the district when they are not in Lansing.

"Their idea of working back home is a sabbatical to Mackinaw Island for conferences and to collect stones on the shore," said Kammeraad.

Controversial Republican Dave Agema has a limited role in advising the group, but is he a potential liability if opponents of the petition drive link him to the drive?

"I don't see Dave as a liability. If this party rejects Dave, they're going to shoot themselves in the political foot," he said.

Other efforts to pass a part time legislature have failed. This time, he says, will be different.

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