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Move To Part-Time Legislature Falls Short; Effort To Relaunch for 2016

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(WLNS) - A ballot committee pushing for a part-time Legislature in Michigan is suspending its 2014 petition drive but vows to try again for 2016.

Organizers blame the bitter cold winter that made it difficult for the group to gather signatures.

"Every time we hit the field with these things, we were overwhelmed by people who wanted to sign them," Chairman Norm Kammeraad said Tuesday evening. "It was just phenomenal. Problem is, we couldn't get organized enough because of the weather."

According to our media partners at MLive, the proposal would have limited the state Legislature to 60 session days a year, capped salaries at $35,000 and limited them to 250 legislative staffers overall.

Michigan lawmakers currently earn a base salary of $71,685 per year, and the state is one of four with a full-time Legislature.

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Michigan petition drive for part-time Legislature falls flat but organizers hope to try again for 2016
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