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Michigan Pushes For Part-Time Legislature

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(WLNS) - The goal of the committee to restore Michigan's part-time legislature is to collect upwards of 500,000 petition signatures to force a vote on this in November. It is a tough assignment.

If they get the names, and if the voters say yes, the Michigan House and Senate would meet 60 days a year, lawmakers salaries would be cut to $35,000 and their staffs would be reduced to 250 persons.

The person leading the charge is West Michigan business person Norm Kammeraad. He thinks lawmakers are overpaid and under worked.

"You are dealing with a legislature making over $100,000 a year including benefits. They are here about 85 days a year. They are driven by our profits and their mind set is not going to change," said Kammeraad. 

Reporter: "So, they are in it only to make money?"

Kammeraad: "They are in it for a career."

But the opponents contend the system is composed of three branches of government: the judiciary, the executive branch and the legislative branch.

And if you reduce the presences of this branch, the citizens lose.

Part Time Legislature

(1) 53% Yes

(2) 29% No

(3) 17% Undecided

Who Backs PTL

(1) 34% GOP

(2) 32% Democrats

(3) 34% Independents

The governor refuses to take a position on this. But Lt. Governor Brian Calley supports it.

Organizers have a deadline of July 7 to collect the names to give you a chance to vote yes or no in November.

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